Decisions on fleet design should be informed by an understanding of the relationship between forward engagement and combat posture. Regarding these two functional elements of the Navy’s mission as either mutually exclusive or having a primary/collateral relationship is a recipe forstrategic error.
Rubel, Robert C.
"The Relationship between Global Naval Engagement and Naval War-Fighting Posture,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 69
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol69/iss4/5