Naval War College Review


The recent series of articles on the Soviet Navy by Admiral Gorshkov and the Four Missions Concept inspired by Admiral Zumwalt give us two different ways of looking at a navy. Our conceit that strategic concepts and perceptions of vulnerability are shaped by rational analysis is shocked into the recognition that navies are also an expression of cultural intuitions. The arguments for naval power by Admirals Gorshkov and Zumwalt provide a persuasive reminder that there is no longer a clear strategy of seapower.