Accession Number : ADA186674

Title :   US Naval Presence in the Indian Ocean: A Credible Deterrent.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Schwalier, Charles D

PDF Url : ADA186674

Report Date : May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : The purpose of this research paper is to twofold: (1) to enlighten critics and skeptics who argue against United States naval presence in the Indian Ocean and to establish that, until the littoral states demonstrate a capability to protect the sea lines of communication with a combined, mutually supportive military force, a strong United States presence is necessary and, alone will continue to ensure rights of passage and freedom of access to all user nations; and (2) to counter the false notion that the carrier battle group is highly vulnerable and will meet an early death in a high intensity conflict. Historical data, both geopolitical and sociological, current events, and existing naval capabilities of the Indian Ocean states will be discussed briefly in support of the author's thesis.

Descriptors :   *DETERRENCE, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, BATTLE GROUP LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, INDIAN OCEAN, INTENSITY, LITTORAL ZONES, NATIONS, NAVY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), USER NEEDS, WARFARE, SOUTH ASIA, COASTAL REGIONS, BALANCE OF POWER

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE