Seapower in the Nuclear Age

This book, first published in 1991, provides a major analysis of the prelude to the US’s Cold War maritime strategy, showing how NATO’s maritime forces were organised in the period.

Author: Joel J. Sokolsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000263398

Category: History

Page: 234

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This book, first published in 1991, provides a major analysis of the prelude to the US’s Cold War maritime strategy, showing how NATO’s maritime forces were organised in the period. It examines how the United States Navy and allied navies, particularly the Royal Navy, were incorporated into the Alliance’s nuclear and conventional deterrent forces. It looks at the structure of the main naval commands, the growth of Soviet maritime forces and the impact of the flexible response strategy on NATO’s naval posture in the 1970s. Drawing upon many declassified documents, this account fills an important gap in postwar literature on American seapower and its relation to European security. It also addresses important aspects of NATO strategy and organisation.

Seapower

This revised, updated and expanded edition of Geoffrey Till's acclaimed textbook provides an invaluable guide for anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.

Author: Geoffrey Till

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415622615

Category: History

Page: 412

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This is the third, revised and fully updated, edition of Geoffrey Till's Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century. The rise of the Chinese and other Asian navies, worsening quarrels over maritime jurisdiction and the United States' maritime pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region reminds us that the sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security, and this is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system. Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. While these new tasks are developing fast, traditional ones still predominate. Deterrence remains the first duty of today's navies, backed up by the need to 'fight and win' if necessary. How navies and their states balance these two imperatives will tell us a great deal about our future in this increasingly maritime century. This book investigates the consequences of all this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century. Seapower is essential reading for all students of naval power, maritime security and naval history, and highly recommended for students of strategic studies, international security and International Relations.

Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age

A “second nuclear age� has begun in the post-Cold War world. Created by the expansion of nuclear arsenals and new proliferation in Asia, it has changed the familiar nuclear geometry of the Cold War.

Author: Toshi Yoshihara

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589019287

Category: History

Page: 250

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A “second nuclear age� has begun in the post-Cold War world. Created by the expansion of nuclear arsenals and new proliferation in Asia, it has changed the familiar nuclear geometry of the Cold War. Increasing potency of nuclear arsenals in China, India, and Pakistan, the nuclear breakout in North Korea, and the potential for more states to cross the nuclear-weapons threshold from Iran to Japan suggest that the second nuclear age of many competing nuclear powers has the potential to be even less stable than the first. Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age assembles a group of distinguished scholars to grapple with the matter of how the United States, its allies, and its friends must size up the strategies, doctrines, and force structures currently taking shape if they are to design responses that reinforce deterrence amid vastly more complex strategic circumstances. By focusing sharply on strategy—that is, on how states use doomsday weaponry for political gain—the book distinguishes itself from familiar net assessments emphasizing quantifiable factors like hardware, technical characteristics, and manpower. While the emphasis varies from chapter to chapter, contributors pay special heed to the logistical, technological, and social dimensions of strategy alongside the specifics of force structure and operations. They never lose sight of the human factor—the pivotal factor in diplomacy, strategy, and war.

Guide to the Career and Work of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan Covering American Naval Strategy Mahanian Doctrine Influence of Sea Power on History Maritime Power World War I and Nuclear Age

This unique book reproduces thirteen important government documents, reports, and studies dealing with the career and work of naval pioneer and strategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan.

Author: U. S. Military

Publisher:

ISBN: 1980657920

Category:

Page: 306

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This unique book reproduces thirteen important government documents, reports, and studies dealing with the career and work of naval pioneer and strategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan. Documents include: Mahan's Influence on United States Naval Strategy Through 1918 * Maritime Power: Some Observations on Strategy, Tactics and Technology * Vision to Victory - Space, Mahan, and Mitchell: The Role of the Visionary in Cross-Organizational Innovation * Evolution of Maritime Strategy - Is Sea Power 21 the Answer? * The Relevance of Mahanian Theory in the Nuclear Age * Mahan and Corbett on Maritime Strategy * United States Military Theorists: A Study of Patrons and Interests * Mahan for the Twenty First Century: His Principles Still Apply to National Power * Beyond Mahan: A Proposal for a U.S. Naval Strategy in the Twenty-First Century * Mahan Goes to War: Effects of World War I on the U.S. Navy's Force Structure and Operational Planning * The Influence of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan Upon the United States Navy Through the United States Naval Institute's Proceedings * The Idea of a "Fleet in Being" in Historical Perspective * The Legacy of Mahan for the 21st Century Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan retired from the United States Navy on 17 November 1896, following forty years of active service. He became an accomplished writer on the subject of naval strategy during his period of naval service. In 1890 Mahan received international acclaim for his literary efforts and thereafter was acknowledged within his own country to be an expert on naval matters. Admiral Mahan was not a creator of naval strategy. Rather he will be remembered for his unique ability to extract from a study of history those recurring factors, which when put in context, form a basis for sound naval strategy, Throughout his writing Mahan stressed the historical lessons of command of the seas, concentration of force, control by blockade, and politics through power. Mahan wrote The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783. In the chapters that followed and on the pages which comprise his nineteen other major works. Admiral Mahan unfolds the history of naval warfare, strategy, policy, and tactics as it relates to the growth of some and to the decay of other national empires. Numerous authors agree that Mahan's works became the "bible" from which nations justified strong navies, trained naval officers, and based their aspirations for world power and domination. Notable among Mahan's avid disciples were leaders of Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan and, finally, the United States. It is generally accepted that Alfred Thayer Mahan was the first prominent historian to articulate the role of sea power as a basis for national policy. Less accepted, however, is Mahan's relevance today in light of the vast technological changes which have clearly modified the employment of seapower since he conducted his review of seventeenth and eighteenth century military - and especially, British naval history. The most elegant statement of Mahan's continued relevance in the face of such far reaching developments as nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and missile and space technology is that sea power as an element of national power has not disappeared in the nuclear age as many predicted. Moreover, it has remained such an important element that a new sea power emerged in the form of the Soviet Union. As elegantly simple as the observation is, to ignore the differences in twentieth century sea power wrought by technological developments does disservice to Mahan's overarching 'staying power" - and ignores some important qualifiers on significant portions of Mahanian theory.

Maritime Strategy for Medium Powers

This categorisation leads planners to ignore the condition of low-tension notquite-peace that is the norm at sea in many areas today; of sporadic warlike ... G. Till, Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age (Macmillan, London, 1984), p.

Author: Rear Admiral J.R. Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000371147

Category: History

Page: 256

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This book, first published in 1986, argues that there is a special category of medium powers in the world – such as Britain, France, India, Brazil, Japan, China and others – which have sufficient military power to do something to protect their interests but which are not a match for the superpowers. It surveys the whole range of naval warfare – equipment, operations, organisation and deployment – and discusses how each item should be tailored by the recognition of the position of the medium power. It considers alliances, a key element for medium powers, and explores how these should be handled and what use they may be expected to fulfil. The book argues that the concept of medium power, here developed thoroughly for the first time, will be extremely useful to many countries in defining their strategic role in a purposeful way.

Naval Strategy and Operations in Narrow Seas

2 Geoffrey Till, ed., Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age (New York: St Martin's Press, 2nd edn, 1984), p. 117. 3 Cook, 'Naval Strategy', p. 10. 4 Phillip H. Colomb, Naval Warfare: Its Ruling Principles and Practice Historically ...

Author: Milan N. Vego

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135777159

Category: History

Page: 352

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Many books and articles have been written on wars in narrow seas. However, none deals in any comprehensive manner with the problems of strategy and conduct of naval operations. The aim of this book is to explain in some detail the characteristics of a war fought in narrow seas and to compare and contrast strategy and major operations in narrow seas and naval warfare in the open ocean..

Maritime Strategy and Sea Control

... Geoffrey Till, Maritime Strategy and the Nuclear Age, 2nd ed. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984), p. 122. Rene Daveluy, The Genius of Naval Warfare, Vol. I: Strategy (Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute 1910), p. 220.

Author: Milan Vego

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317439844

Category: History

Page: 284

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This book focuses on the key naval strategic objectives of obtaining and maintaining sea control. During times of war, sea control, or the ability of combatants to enjoy naval dominance, plays a crucial role in that side’s ability to attain overall victory. This book explains and analyzes in much greater detail sea control in all its complexities, and describes the main methods of obtaining and maintaining it. Building on the views of naval classical thinkers, this book utilizes historical examples to illustrate the main methods of sea control. Each chapter focuses on a particular method, including destroying the enemy forces by a decisive action, destroying enemy forces over time-attrition, containing enemy fleet, choke point control, and capturing important enemy's positions/basing area, The aim is to provide a comprehensive theory and practice of the struggle for sea control at the operational level. It should therefore provide a guide to practitioners on how to plan and conduct operational warfare at sea. The book will be of much interest to students of naval strategy, defence studies and security studies.