Naval War College Review


Dennis Blair


Given its national aims, geographical position. and alliance structure, it is essential that the United States maintain its position as the world's premier maritime power. Maritime superiority underlies the Western coalition, at the core of which is a group of industrialized democratic nations linked by economic ties, shared aspirations, and sea lines of communication. The Maritime Strategy-the maritime element of U.S. national military strategy-represents a consensus of the Navy's best conceptual thinking. • The Maritime Strategy, now fully accepted by the U.S. Government and by America's allies, forms a conceptual framework for the forward defense of U.S. interests and the direct defense of many of the allies.