The Naval War College Review is a scholarly journal, published quarterly under the auspices of the U.S. Naval War College and the Department of the Navy, but exercising editorial independence; the thoughts and opinions expressed in the publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the department or the U.S. Naval War College.
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Volume 71, Number 2 (2018) Spring
The cover shows the Chinese characters for “maritime great power” superimposed on a representation of the fleet of Admiral Zheng He, China’s fifteenth-century mariner whose expeditions extended throughout Asia and as far as East Africa. China subsequently refrained from extensive maritime endeavors for centuries; recently it has attempted to correct this state of affairs. In “Underway: Beijing’s Strategy to Build China into a Maritime Great Power,” Liza Tobin analyzes what China means by the concept of maritime great power and how it is pursuing that status.
From the Editor
President’s Forum—Thoughts on Continuity and Change
Jeffrey A. Harley
Mission Command in a Future Naval Combat Environment
Robert C. Rubel
“Sea of Peace” or Sea of War—Russian Maritime Hybrid Warfare in the Baltic Sea
Martin Murphy and Gary Schaub Jr.
The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan
Thomas J. Gibbons and Gregg Zoroya
No Room for Mistakes: British and Allied Submarine Warfare 1939–1940
Charles T. Lewis and Geirr H. Haarr
Great Strategic Rivalries: From the Classical World to the Cold War
Stephen K. Stein and James G. Lacey
A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace
Jeremy Snellen and Harlan K. Ullman
Reflections on Reading
Image by Bruno Zaffoni. Original in the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, Melaka, Malaysia