The United States Navy in the Twenty-First Century: Thoughts on Naval Theory, Strategic Constraints and Opportunities
Creating a modern navy is a complex matter. Continual reassessment of the strategic situation and the nature of future operations is needed, and it must link into procurement plans. The role of the US navy has moved beyond gaining command of the seas to exercising that command. Its functions are not simply military, but also diplomatic and policing. Influenced by the development of the Law of the Sea, by commercial development and terrorist activity, western navies need to, and do, work in a cooperative way, which may bring more specialisation of individual navies, even of superpowers like the US navy, in a global context.