Accession Number : ADA306841

Title :   The Influence of French Naval Thought on the U.S. Navy.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun-Dec 95,

Corporate Author : NAVAL DOCTRINE COMMAND NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Tritten, James J.

PDF Url : ADA306841

Report Date : 19 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : When the US Naval Doctrine Command was established in 1993, it reviewed the Lessons of Historical Naval Doctrine Development by the World's greatest sea powers. France was one of those countries which has a long-established naval tradition and a Rich History of Naval Doctrine. When the Comte De Grasse came to the aid of an embryonic us flighting for her independence, his decisions off the Virginia Capes in 1781 were shaped by sound doctrine that gave primary importance to the protection and support of actions ashore. There is a Robust History of French Navy Doctrine which has had a direct influence on the US Navy. In an effort to investigate improvements to doctrine, MOC has reviewed the specific writings of French admiral raol castex. Castex's theories of maneuver warfare are of immediate interest to the UNS today. Report concludes with assessment of the such theories are a interest to the USN under current conditions. First, USN may not be able to operate to its full capabilities due to external constraints. Second, USN does not deploy as a whole. Third, USN is stretched thin. Fourth, maneuver theory emphasizes sound planning. Fifth, it is necessary to master maneuver before we attempt to address information warfare or other concepts in any new revolution in military affairs.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *NAVAL WARFARE, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY STRATEGY, NATIONAL SECURITY, LESSONS LEARNED, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, THREAT EVALUATION, FRANCE, FLEETS(SHIPS), NAVAL OPERATIONS, MANEUVERS, NAVAL PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS, TACTICAL WARFARE, BATTLE MANAGEMENT, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE