Will Globalization Sink the Navy?
Wirtz, James J.
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The September 11 attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have provided a new context for reassessing the relationship between globalization, naval strategy, and U.S. foreign and defense policy. This reassessment suggests that despite the opportunities created by globalization for the U.S. Navy, strategic thinking became moribund, or at best focused on simply preserving funding and force structure, in the aftermath of the Cold War. September 11, however, suggests that globalization and the information revolution have produced more than prosperity and democratization. The same trends that have empowered people of good will also have empowered global actors with sinister ambitions and objectives. The rise of a new transnational threat to the United States has created the need for new thinking about how the Navy can better protect America. There is a need for a new vision of the Navy role in homeland defense. National security requirements have created a real demand for naval strategyâ not simply the budget and program-justifying briefings that have passed for official naval thought in recent years.
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