Inasmuch as trade overseas has traditionally played a significant part in the U.S. economy, the size of its Navy is an accurate indicator of the economic and political status Americans feel their country must occupy.
"Mahan on the Use of the Sea,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 26
, Article 20.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol26/iss3/20