Naval War College Review


Jan S. Breemer


Much ink has been spilled of late on the question of whether the Maritime Strategy is the U.S. Navy's design for going it alone or whether it is a sincere invitation to the European Allies for a "rebirth" of a true coalitional naval strategy. One of the strategy's early critics, Robert W. Komer, warned, in 1984, that the Europeans might interpret it as a "form of U.S. global unilateralism or a form of neoisolationism." If so, he said, the effect of the Maritime Strategy on the credibility of America's alliances would be devastating.1