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The End of Grand Strategy: US Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century

Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski


Policy makers and pundits debate the utility and desirability of various forms of grand strategy. They advocate one specific approach, chosen from a spectrum that stretches from global primacy to restraint and isolationism. These strategies generally share three features: first, a nostalgia for the Cold War, when America’s grand strategy was clear and consistent. Second, a common belief that the United States can shape the global system according to its values and need if only the country has the right leadership and strategy. Third, a propensity to prescribe instead of explaining American str ... More

Keywords: Grand Strategy (or just strategy if it needs to be a single word?), Navy, Maritime Operations, Sea Services, Threats, Piracy, WMD or better yet “NBC weapons” (nuclear biological chemical weapons), MOOTW (military operations other than war)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501714627
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501714627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Reich, author
Rutgers University, Newark

Peter Dombrowski, author
Naval War College