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The End of Grand StrategyUS Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century$
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Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714627

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714627.001.0001

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Naval Operations and Grand Strategy in a New Security Environment

Naval Operations and Grand Strategy in a New Security Environment

(p.13) Chapter 1 Naval Operations and Grand Strategy in a New Security Environment
The End of Grand Strategy

Simon Reich

Peter Dombrowski

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins with a vignette regarding the 2004 Asian tsunami to illustrate the increasing demands placed on the US Navy and associated seas services – beyond warfighting to ‘Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW). Then it examines the contrasting definitions of grand strategy – and how the definitions have no relationship to the illustration. The chapter then entails a systematic discussion of three major forms of changes since the end of the Cold War that the Navy has to address: the proliferation of actors (from states to also include nonstate actors); of threats (from conventional warfare to non-traditional threats such as pandemics and various flows such as drugs, people, fissile materials); and forms of conflict (from conventional warfare to irregular warfare and now hybrid warfare). The Navy, it notes, has to address these various forms of threats in specific environments, demanding tailored strategies.

Keywords:   Actors, Threats, Modes of Conflict, Non-traditional threats, Hybrid Conflict

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