In this discussion I wiII try to confine myself to the consideration of defensive alliances in which two or more states come together to defend themselves against a common peril. That is the type of alliance in which we are now engaged and in which, historically, our interest is stronger than in the offensive type.
Eliot, George Fielding
"Influences of Military Alliances on Strategy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol5/iss6/2