American Sea Power and the Obsolescence of Capital Ship by R.B. Watts


By R.B. Watts

because the starting of the 20 th century, the USA has sought to accomplish Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan’s imaginative and prescient of “command of the ocean” utilizing huge conflict fleets of capital ships. This process has been in general profitable: no strength can oppose the U.S. army at the open seas.
but capital send idea has develop into more and more inappropriate. Globally, abnormal conflict dominates the spectrum of clash, specifically within the aftermath of 9-11. Fleet engagements are a specific thing of the previous or even small scale missions that depend on capital ships are challenged through abnormal warfare.
In a development obvious because global conflict II, the U.S. military has tried to conform its capital send concept to abnormal conflicts—with combined results—before returning to conventional operations with very little strategic debate. This publication discusses the demanding situations of abnormal war within the twenty first century, and the necessity for U.S. naval energy to enhance a brand new strategic paradigm.

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