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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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Moving beyond the Current Debate

(p.161) Conclusion
The End of Grand Strategy

Simon Reich

Peter Dombrowski

Cornell University Press

This chapter is divided into three components: 1. A review of the (lack of) utility of the concept of grand strategy in view of the prior chapters 2. A discussion of the theoretical and policy implications of our alternative formulation which we characterize as “calibrated strategies” in an evolving strategic environment (see chapter 2) where there are proliferating demands made on the military. 3. The implications of our findings for the future of the military, particularly the Navy (as the central branch of the military services in most grand strategic theorizing). Our overall assessment is that academics have to reappraise and focus on explanation, not prescription, and that an adaptive approach is required by policymakers in recognizing contingencies rather than strategizing in terms of generalities. Naval officials, however, will seek to avoid certain kinds of MOOTW whenever possible, preferring to pursue traditional naval functions, playing “away games” in the places like the South China Sea rather than “home games” guarding America’s shores from illicit flows.

Keywords:   Grand Strategy, Threats, Modes of Conflict, Hegemony, Prescription, Explanation, Restraint, Sea Power, US Navy

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