Naval force requirements—how we "size" the fleet—are framed by national policies for war. These policies, however indirectly, mandate Navy missions. To fulfill these missions, a fleet must be big enough and capable enough to do the job.
Vlahos, Michael and Pace, Dale K.
"War Experience and Force Requirements,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 41
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol41/iss4/5