Naval War College Review


President Clinton has declared strong and simple strategic objectives: "America must continue to lead the world we did so much to make.... Together with our friends and allies we will work to shape change lest it engulf us. When our vital interests or the will and the conscience of the international community is defied, we will act, with peaceful diplomacy when­ ever possible, with force when necessary." 1 But what are the implications of these goals? What kind of change do we seek and why? What are the strategies that will guide policy makers and force planners in this turbulent era?