Naval War College Review


Laurence Martin


If peacetime is defined generously as virtually every state short of all-out war, the use of naval force in such a state presents a subject of immense scope. For, contrary to some of the more alarmist media, peace-if sometimes a little hot-is the normal condition, Armed forces discharge most of their functions without warfare and, indeed, short of the point at which any shooting takes place. This has certainly been a longstanding characteristic of navies.