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Merchant Marine

The Merchant Marine and U.S. Strategy

Supplying an attacking and defending force has been an issue since the decade-long Trojan War. In more than 3,000 years, this has not changed. The U.S. continues to benefit from unrestricted resupply access in the Ukraine War.  However, future Eurasian conflicts will not resemble Ukraine.  The U.S. requires the capabilities …

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Fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard

US Navy: a Looming Threat and a Hollow Force

The year 2022 was an underreported but brutal one for the US Navy. The service is in crisis. Retention issues, an aging fleet, the revelation of several command failures, and a blunt inability to articulate its strategic mission in an increasingly hostile bureaucratic environment bode ill for the navy’s ability to meet …

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Destroyed Russian Tank in Ukraine

Ukraine War’s Outlook in 2023: Harder Fighting Against a Tougher Russian Army

All sides’ strategic incentives in the Ukraine War point toward continued conflict in 2023. The war’s settlement will emerge from the battlefield, not primarily from negotiations. Russia, meanwhile, is planning another offensive to solidify its territorial position and prepare for another year of war. Every weapon that the West refrains …

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Biden can Exploit a Russia-China Split to Hurt Iran and Help our Mideast Strategy

With news that Iran will construct a drone factory in Tatarstan to supply Russia more effectively, it is abundantly clear that Tehran views itself as a Eurasian power. Meanwhile, China is hedging, engaging with the Gulf Arabs and publicly avoiding direct links with Iran. The U.S. should manipulate this situation to its benefit, while …

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221129-N-YS413-2117 SPRATLEY ISLANDS, South China Sea (Nov. 29, 2022) Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conducts routine underway operations in the South China Sea, Nov. 29. Chancellorsville is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stack)

Global Naval War

The United States faces the possibility of a global naval war around the Eurasian landmass. This is regardless of the Ukraine War’s outcome. Indeed, the perception of weakness and capacity limitations is a powerful incentive for hostile states to probe American capabilities and initiate a broader conflict. The current geopolitical …

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The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Bancroft Hall as midshipmen sing the Alma Mater, Navy Blue and Gold, during the fifth swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020.

A ‘Woke’ Naval Academy Hurts Our Military

Americans have long been rightly proud of our military. But that might be changing. A recent Reagan Institute poll indicates that only 48 percent of Americans had “a great deal of confidence” in the military. Last year, confidence hovered at similar levels, around 45 percent. But compared with 2018, this is a …

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Pearl Harbor naval base and USS Shaw ablaze after the Japanese attack in December 1941

Pearl Harbor Redux: US Risks Repeating Strategic Errors

Eight decades on from the attack that brought the US into the Pacific War, the United States faces a similar conflict in similar geography. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 demonstrated how a major power, despite its intelligence and a robust defense planning apparatus, can misunderstand its …

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Biden, Macron, and Scholz meet G20 Summit in Bali

Can America Balance European Autonomy with China Competition?

European Council president Charles Michel’s impending visit to China is indicative of a worrying trend in Europe’s approach to Eurasian competition. French president Emmanuel Macron, despite stabilizing his position in recent months, repeatedly broke ranks with the United States and the United Kingdom and advised some sort of conciliation with …

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Dnieper from Friendship of Nations Monument

The Naval War

Ukraine’s victory in Kherson Oblast has confirmed the centrality of sea access in the war with Russia. As Ukraine plans its next move, and Russia responds to Ukraine’s advances, Western policymakers must prioritize Ukraine’s victory at sea, and ensure that Kyiv has the tools it requires to break Russian sea …

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