In 1890 Captain Alfred T. Mahan published The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783. That same year the secretary of the navy, Benjamin Tracy, published a report calling for an offensive battle fleet, and Congress passed legislation authorizing the construction of three first-line battleships. Both events were prompted by the concepts of sea power and offensive sea control.
Baer, George W.
"U.S. Naval Strategy 1890-1945,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 44
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol44/iss1/2