The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Strategic tradeoffs in U.S. naval force structure — rule the waves or wave the flag? | War on the Rocks

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More often than not, it is assumed that the US naval strategy has the “right” mix of ships and sailors that will make it possible for the country to achieve multiple, often incompatible, national security objectives. And while the logic of specialization and offset is widely understood at the operational or tactical level of war, this same thing is less appreciated too. This makes setting up ground-based forces in places that are America’s highest priorities a simple and non-intuitive solution. The thing is, the United States invests more in defense and deterrence forces than maximizing U.S. offensive options and influence.

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