Naval War College Review


An analysis of French naval power reveals a unique set of similarities between French and U.S. Navy strategic commitments and requirements. Conversely, certain elements of French naval power not only compete with, but potentially threaten, U.S. economic and political interests. Is the French Navy a friend or a rival? Is some form of strategic marriage a possibility for the navies of the United States and France, or will French naval power evolve to threaten U.S. national interests, requiring an even greater arm's length policy and wary competition?