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Sharpening the Blunt Layer: Addressing Shortfalls in the Indo-Pacific with Smart Solutions

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Naval War College

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As the United States modifies its security posture in the Indo-Pacific according to the four layers of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, several short-term and long-term challenges arise. Rather than attempt to patch together a blunt layer composed of ill-suited legacy systems in the near-term, the U.S. should instead reinforce its contact layer while simultaneously shaping a credible blunt layer consisting primarily of allied and partner forces. This contact-heavy approach, made up of three principles, considers U.S. advantages and disadvantages, improves escalation dynamics while maintaining a credible deterrent, and fosters the critical strategic objective of promoting a regional network of partnerships.

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  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]