From Sea Power to Cyber Power: Learning from the Past to Craft a Strategy for the Future
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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Alfred Thayer Mahan saw the ocean for what it is. While it spans the globe and covers a predominant portion of the Earth, not all parts of it are equally important. Mahan offered a focused naval strategy in an era when America was struggling to define itself as either isolated from, or an integral part of, the larger international community. The force structure of the U.S. Navy hinged upon leaders deciding between protectionism and expansionism. Rather than simply a mechanism to defend the coasts, Mahan envisioned the Navy as a powerful means for promoting American economic prosperity. In one sense, his strategy allowed the Nation to achieve both objectives simultaneously. By projecting naval power at key points around the globe, Mahan s approach allowed for economic expansion and had the second-order effect of pushing conflict away from U.S. shores.
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