Modern American navalism began with the publishing of Alfred Thayer Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. Mahan's work not only signaled the rise of the "New Navy" but also initiated a whole new school of strategic thought.
Pollock, Thomas R.
"The Historical Elements of Mahanian Doctrine,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 35
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol35/iss4/7