Naval War College Review


In January 1986, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James Watkins, published an article describing the Navy's new Maritime Strategy in a special supplement to the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. This public presentation of a strategic initiative which had been under development for more than five years sparked a lively debate among scholars, defense analysts, and pundits in the United States and Europe.1 One central focus of the debate has been the question of how the Soviet Union might react to, or defend against, the naval actions proposed by the Maritime Strategy.