Naval War College Review

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President’s Forum


THE OCEANS OF THE EARTH cover nearly three-quarters of the blue planet’s surface. They have long been the subject of reflection and study. At Tufts University’s Fletcher School the oceans are being examined as source, avenue, and arena: a source for foodstuffs and energy; an avenue for goods, people, and ideas; and an arena for struggle and warfare. This is a simple but elegant rubric for studying this complex environment, one that aligns well with the educational focus we have at the Naval War College. As students of the oceans, naval officers are keenly aware of the centuries of armed conflict that have often turned peaceful waters into scenes of destruction and death.