Stormy waters: technology, sea control and regional warfare
Schnell, David Allan
Hughes, Wayne P., Jr.
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An important aspect of the current strategic calculus is the diffusion of technology and proliferation of advanced weaponry, particularly naval: weapon systems. This is of particular concern for the United States Navy, historically the first on-scene and the likely target of any initial challenge to our presence. The Navy's new warfighting doctrine, "...From the Sea" focuses the Navy on these challenges. However, it has not been complimented by "the necessary recapitalization and procurement to make it truly operational. To bridge the gap between the doctrinal concept~ of "...From the Sea" and current capabilities, the Navy must improve its ability to exercise sea control and dominate the littoral battlespace. This will require tough procurement choices and significant investments in mine warfare, advanced military aircraft and state-of-the-art C4I systems. It may also be necessary for the Navy to postpone certain improvements or abandon certain missions in order to refocus and selectively modernize elements of the fleet.
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