Academic journal article Military Review

Small Navies: Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace

Academic journal article Military Review

Small Navies: Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace

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SMALL NAVIES: Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace

Edited by Michael Mulqueen, Deborah Sanders, and Ian Speller, Ashgate Publishing, Burlington, Vermont, 2014, 247 pages

As Military Review is "the U.S. Army's cutting edge forum for original thought and debate on the art and science of land warfare" the review of a book such as Small Navies on naval forces--insignificant naval forces at that--might appear out of place. However, as the security environment becomes more complex, knowledge of the other warfare domains increases in importance.

The anthology Small Navies demonstrates that size really does matter, particularly when it comes to the role and function of navies in global security. This up-to-date compendium includes thirteen of the essays presented at a recent international conference examining small navies, from the past and present, using interdisciplinary approaches. While interdisciplinary, Small Navies is more suited towards analysts as the papers that make up the various chapters are focused more on an analytical approach towards naval warfare than an operational one.

Analysts will find that the most valuable section of the anthology is the chapters by Grove, Till, and Germond, which develop classifications for small navies based on quantitative, qualitative, and perceptive data. …

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