Episode 28: Naval Theorists: Mahan and Corbett
James Holmes, Kevin McCraine, Milan Vego
In this episode Jon O'Gorman hosts James Holmes, Kevin McCranie and new this week from the Joint Military Operations Department, Milan Vego. They begin by discussing the perspectives of Mahan and Corbett and what makes them different. They move to commonly held misconceptions on each of their theories. The guests bat around the points of agreement and disagreement between the two, especially concerning the concepts of offense and defense. They provide clarity on what the term fleet in being means and how it can be used. Lasty, we discuss commerce raiding and the key takeaways of naval theory for the contemporary environment in regard to China.
sea power, strategy, Mahan, Corbett, fleet in being, commerce raiding, naval theory, Naval strategy
O'Gorman, Jon, "Episode 28: Naval Theorists: Mahan and Corbett" (2023). Profiles in Strategy. 29.