The Navy finds itself in a familiar situation these days: trying to maintain U.S. naval supremacy with a fleet that is shrinking, in part because of a tighter budget and growing costs, but also because of technological innovations that render large and expensive ships obsolete before their time. New ways must be found to bridge the gap between the strategies the Navy is asked to support to maintain U.S. domination and the resources it can call upon to fulfill that task. Today’s Strategy Page states that DOD leaders have called for a “reexamination of how naval domination is used, possible alternative approaches, and new ideas in general” that could help to close that gap. LTC Thomas Shrader, USA, believes there is a solution lurking just below the surface, and he argues for it in the forthcoming issue (July 2010) of Joint Force Quarterly.
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