Accession Number : ADA309490

Title :   Littoral Warfare: The Transformation of U.S. Naval Strategy to Meet the 21st Century.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hollifield, Carlos R.

PDF Url : ADA309490

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The demise of the former Soviet Union, fiscal and personnel reductions within the Department of Defense, and the projection for future regional involvement of forces against uncertain threats precipitated a reevaluation of naval strategy. The result has been the emergence of an evolving maritime strategy that emphasizes littoral warfare. This project examines the transformation of naval strategic thought and the implications of a shift toward littoral warfare. It argues that in spite of recent changes in the geopolitical environment, the utility of naval forces will continue into the future. Tracing the historical significance of sea power, this paper explores factors that have shaped our maritime strategy and considers the implications of a littoral warfare emphasis. It examines the strategic significance of littoral regions and addresses challenges to the full implementation of a littoral oriented maritime strategy.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, *LITTORAL ZONES, USSR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LAND WARFARE, ENVIRONMENTS, NAVY, GEOPOLITICS, EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT).

Subject Categories : Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE