Accession Number : ADA331747

Title :   Iran's Sea Power Strategy: Goals and Evolution.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 4 Aug 96-6 Jun 97,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Walker, John G.

PDF Url : ADA331747

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 162

Abstract : This thesis examines the intent of Iran's sea power strategy using a multipart analysis including a historical review of the transition of Iran's naval power through the Iranian Revolution, Iran-Iraq War, and post-war buildup; an analysis of Iran's strategic decision-making processes; and factors that dictate this process. The study discovers that Iran's sea power strategy is a definitive component of a coherent national security strategy of Iranian self-defense and strategic deterrence. Iran's uses its credible sea denial capability to threaten the Gulfs oil flow. While not in the Islamic Republic's direct economic interest to actually carry out, the threat of Gulf oil disruption gives Iran significant deterrent and coercive leverage over its competitors. Four factors limit Iran's sea power strategy; its current sea power capability (resident in its naval and air forces), its political construct, domestic socioeconomic pressures, and Iran's historical sense of superiority and isolation. Iran's sea power will contribute to its probable retum as the dominant power in the Gulf and the reassertion of its perceived role as a Pan-Islamic leader in the region. Of significance, Iran is not interested or capable of directly challenging the United States military.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, *IRAN, MILITARY HISTORY, IRAQ, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ECONOMICS, THESES, NAVAL WARFARE, POWER, STRATEGIC WARFARE, NAVAL PLANNING, DOMESTIC, OILS, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE