Naval War College Review

Article Title

The Littoral Arena


The shift of naval focus toward the littoral arena that has resulted from the dramatic changes in the geostrategic environment reflects a major rethink- ing of the role and objectives of sea power in the foreseeable future. Clearly these fundamental changes will result in an adjustment of the relative weight of “green water” and “brown water” missions on one hand and the high seas, which have been dominant in naval strategic thinking throughout this century, on the other. This article raises the question, however, of whether the process of transforma- tion is taking fully into account the scope of the adjustment, particularly the implications it has for prevailing concepts of ship design.