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Seapower
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Seapower
A Guide for the Twenty-First Century
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The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security. This is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system.

Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are developing fast.

Written by a recognized authority on maritime strategy past and present, this timely and up-to-date book investigates the consequences of this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for everyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.

The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security. This is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system.

Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are developing fast.

Written by a recognized authority on maritime strategy past and present, this timely and up-to-date book investigates the consequences of this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for everyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.

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  • List of Figures and Tables Preface Abbreviations Part 1: The Sea and Seapower 1. International Relations: Cooperation and conflict 1.1 Defining Seapower 1.2 The Sea: Four historic attributes 1.3 The Sea as Resource 1.4 The Sea as a Medium of Transportation and Exchange 1.5 The Sea as a Medium for Information and the Spread of Ideas 1.6 The Sea as a Medium for Dominion 1.7 Explaining the Secret of Maritime Success 1.8 Seapower: Qualifications and limitations Part 2: Who Said What and Why it Matters 2. The Value of Theory in Maritime Operations 2.1 On Types of Theory 2.2 The Early Development of Theory 2.3 Mahan and the Blue-water Tendency 2.4 Corbett and the Maritime Tradition 2.5 Alternative Visions in Maritime Strategy 2.6 Operational Art and Modern Maritime Theory 2.7 Future Challenges Part 3: The Constituents of Seapower 3. Identifying the Constituents of Seapower 3.1 Population, Society and Government 3.2 Maritime Geography 3.3 Resources 3.4 A Maritime Economy 3.5 Seapower by Other Means 3.6 Doctrine Part 4: Navies and Technology 4. Classifying Navies 4.1 Estimating Relative Effectiveness 4.2 Navies and Technology: An introduction 4.3 Platforms 4.4 Systems, Weapons and Sensors 4.5 An Information Revolution? 4.6 The Challenge of Transformational Technology 4.7 A Strategy for Innovation 4.8 Navies and Technology: Summary and conclusions Part 5: Command of the Sea 5.1 Evolution of a Traditional Concept 5.2 Limits and Qualifications 5.3 Pursuing Command in Moderation 5.4 Command of the Sea Yields to Sea Control 5.5 Sea Denial 5.6 Contemporary Angles Part 6: Securing Command of the Sea 6.1 Securing Command of the Sea: The operational approach 6.2 Decisive Battle 6.3 Forms and Styles of Decisive Battle 6.4 How to Achieve a Decisive Victory 6.5 Modern Forms and Concepts of Battle 6.6 Operational Alternatives to Battle 6.7 The Fleet-in-Being Approach 6.8 The Fleet Blockade Part 7: Exploiting Command of the Sea 7.1 Maritime Power Projection: Definitions 7.2 Maritime Power Projection: Aims 7.3 Amphibious Operations 7.4 Operational Manoeuvre from the Sea 7.5 Sea-Based Strategic Missile Attack of the Shore 7.6 Defence Against Maritime Power Projection 7.7 The Attack on Maritime Communications 7.8 The Defence of Maritime Communications Part 8: Expeditionary Operations 8.1 Origins and Background 8.2 Definitions 8.3 The Political Dimension 8.4 The Urban Dimension 8.5 General Demands on the Military 8.6 The Maritime Dimension 8.7 Staging a Sea-Based Expedition: The maritime requirements 8.8 Conclusions 8.9 A Humanitarian Postscript Part 9: Naval Diplomacy 9.1 Coverage of Naval Diplomacy in the Literature: Who said what? 9.2 The Diplomatic Value of Naval Power 9.3 The Range and Extent of Naval Diplomacy 9.4 Naval Presence 9.5 Naval Picture-Building 9.6 Naval Coercion 9.7 Coalition-Building 9.8 Naval Diplomacy: Implications for strategy-makers Part 10: Good Order at Sea 10.1 Introduction: Order and disorder 10.2 The Sea as a Resource 10.3 The Sea as a Means of Transportation 10.4 The Sea as a Means of Gaining and Exchanging Information 10.5 The Sea as an Area of Dominion 10.6 The Sea as an Environment 10.7 The Need for Good Order at Sea 10.8 Increasing Maritime Awareness 10.9 Developing Maritime Policy 10.10 Developing Integrated Maritime Governance 10.11 Policy Implementation: The navy-coastguard spectrum 10.12 Implications for Navies Part 11: Future Seapower 11.1 Introduction 11.2 The Sea as Resource 11.3 The Sea as a Medium for Transportation and Exchange 11.4 The Sea as a Medium for Information and...

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