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USS America (LHA-6) off Rio de Janeiro in August 2014.JPG
“USS America (LHA-6) off Rio de Janeiro in August 2014” by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Scorza. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.


Breaking Defense graciously invited me to contribute a piece on the future of maritime challenges:

Since the 1980s, the tasks that the United States has asked of its Navy have changed radically. Shifts in technology and in the strategic landscape drove much of this change. But these shifts have revealed a confusion about why a navy should exist and what it should prepare to do. Political, bureaucratic, and industrial imperatives have further complicated the effort to sort through the Navy’s purpose. Fundamentally, however, the purpose of the U.S. Navy is to ensure the ability of America, its allies, and its trading partners to enjoy use of the oceans.


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