Naval War College Review


Deborah Sanders


Naval diplomacy—the use of naval power in peacetime to secure influence by contemporary navies is seen by many as playing a vital and unique role in promoting the international aims of governments. The U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, clearly recognizes the diplomatic utility of naval power: “Navies are not only critical, decisive, and enabling in times of war, but they may be even more important in maintaining the peace.”