Naval War College Review


Edward A. Smith


All though much has been said and written about the white paper " ... From the Sea," there has been considerably less discussion of how and why its strategic concept evolved. What :1ssessment of the potenti:11 problems and requirements of a new age drove naval planners to conclude that a shift in focus from blue-water to littoral oper:1tions was necess:1ry or even possible? How much did the changed requirements reflect the collapse of the Soviet Union? How much were they simply a response to the pressures of Congress and budget? The answers to these questions were not reflected in the final and much-abbreviated document published in September 1992.