1st Edition

The U.S. Navy Case Studies in Its Past, Present, and Future

Edited By Thomas-Durell Young Copyright 2022
    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    Great power competition has returned to the world stage and the U.S. Navy finds itself in the forefront of U.S. efforts to demonstrate national resolve. The U.S. Navy: Case Studies in its Past, Present, and Future argues that the challenge of determining the future structure and operation of the fleet can be best achieved through an examination of its relevant past experience, as well as from current operations of the navy.

    After years of uncertainty as to its purpose and missions, the rise of China and Russian provocations now require U.S. officials to transform the fleet and its way of employing it. The contributors to this edition provide case studies of past, present, and future challenges that the U.S. Navy has, and will need to overcome as it reconsiders how it will restructure the fleet and reconsider its prevailing concepts of operations. Contributors examine past challenges to structuring the fleet and its prevailing concepts of operation. Based on this foundation, case studies propose how navy leadership should consider developing and employing the fleet in future.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Defense & Security Analysis.

    1. Tarnishing victory? Contested histories & civil–military discord in the U.S. Navy, 1919–24

    Branden Little

    2. "These aren’t the SLOC’s you’re looking for": mirror-imaging battles of the Atlantic won’t solve current Atlantic security needs

    Steve Wills

    3. Being there: US Navy organisational culture and the forward presence debate

    Montgomery McFate

    4. Mind over matter? Multinational naval interoperability during Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Steven Paget

    5. Innovation for seapower: U.S. Navy strategy in an age of acceleration

    James Wirtz

    6. What U.S. Navy strategists and defense planners should think about in the era of maritime great power competition

    Peter Haynes

    7. The U.S. Navy’s task forces: 1–199

    Colin D. Robinson


    Thomas-Durell Young is Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Security Governance, and an academic associate for comparative defense planning curriculum in the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA. His latest book is Anatomy of Post-Communist European Defense Institutions: The Mirage of Military Modernity (2017).