Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
Since the days of the galley ship in ancient times, blockading continues to be a fundamental activity of navies. Over the centuries, its meaning and roles evolved in synchronization with both technological advancement and progressive legal interpretation of both the strategy of blockading and warfare in general. The general American population tends to associate blockading actions with the starvation blockades of the American Civil War and both World Wars, along with the blockade Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis with the Soviet Union. The majority of blockades are not this large in scope or, in the case of the latter, strategic importance.