Assessing the deterrence value of carrier presence against adversary aggression in a coalition environment
Huffstetler, Roger L.
Lin, Kyle Y.
Appleget, Jeffrey A.
MetadataShow full item record
The aircraft carrier serves as the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy’s carrier strike group (CSG), providing combatant commanders with immediate options for power projection and sea control. In times of crisis, the U.S. Navy must decide whether or not to send a CSG to an area to deter aggressive enemy action and maintain regional stability. This thesis seeks to quantify the deterrence value of a CSG using a game-theoretic framework. Consider a region with several nations, where two major players stand out: Blue and Red. The two players deploy limited forces and strengthen their positions by seeking alliances with the other nations in the region. We develop a Markov game to model the interactions between the two players and these other nations over a period of time. The game starts in Notional Operation Plan Phase 1 and continues until either player chooses to enter Phase 0 or Phase 2. From Blue’s standpoint, we define deterrence as the probability that Red will choose to enter Phase 0. In a case study based on a crisis in South China Sea, we find that quickly deploying forces and establishing diplomatic advantage are equally important in deterring aggression.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Yost, David S. (2012-12-20);"On 25-27 June 2012 the NATO Defense College, the NATO Nuclear Policy Directorate, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Center on Contemporary Conflict convened a workshop at the NATO Defense College in Rome concerning ...
Pjetraj, Walter M. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1995-09);This thesis critically analyzes a prominent theoretical framework concerning the conditions necessary for successful deterrence and conflict-containment, with special attention to historical antecedents to the current ...
Center on Contemporary Conflict; Sanok-Kostro, Stephanie (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-05);Objective: New questions arise daily concerning overall NATO alliance cohesion and commitment in the face of Russian aggression. Understanding how deterrence and crisis stability operate within conflict and how crisis ...