The Future of Naval Maneuver
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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The evolution of carrier aviation has changed naval warfare and joint warfare in profound ways. This evolution has been heavily influenced by the wars the United States has faced since World War II, resulting in a strategic decision to prioritize sortie generation rate and payload over range. In the current environment, with the challenge of Anti-AccessArea Denial A2AD networks designed specifically to counter the carrier, this decision has the potential to dramatically limit the effectiveness of US power projection and combat capability. Specifically, the carrier is too valuable to loose, and combatting a sophisticated A2AD network such as Chinas with current aircraft inventory requires putting the carrier at significant risk.
- Naval Surface Warfare