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Attaining Maritime Superiority in an A2/AD Era: Lessons from the Battle of the Bismarck Sea

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National Defense University Washington United States

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Great Power competition is back after a hiatus of over a quarter of a century since the end of the Cold War. The United States has acknowledged this fact with the release of the 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which speak of revisionist powers such as China and Russia seeking to challenge the current U.S.-led world order. These two documents are in line with what various individuals in and outside of the U.S. defense establishment have been asserting in recent years about the state of international geopolitics. For instance, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson contends in the 2016 A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority that Russia and China both have advanced their military capabilities to act as global powers, adding that their goals are backed by a growing arsenal of high-end warfighting capabilities, many of which are focused specifically on our vulnerabilities.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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