The defense of the system requires a range of naval tasks that covers much of the spectrum of conflict, a range that seems to be getting ever wider. The resultant strategies are a blend of cooperative and competitive approaches in policy, since the two are no more mutually exclusive in maritime-strategy making than they are in international political life.
"New Directions in Maritime Strategy?—Implications for the U.S. Navy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 60
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol60/iss4/5