Academic journal article Military Review

Sea Power in the Twenty-First Century: Projecting a Naval Revoltion

Academic journal article Military Review

Sea Power in the Twenty-First Century: Projecting a Naval Revoltion

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SEA POWER IN THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY: Projecting a Naval Revolution by Charles W. Koburger Jr. 167 pages. Praeger Publishing Group, Westport, CT. 1997. $55.00.

In Sea Power in the Twenty-First Century: Projecting a Naval Revolution, author Charles W. Koburger Jr. takes on the difficult task of predicting the future of naval warfare. His thesis is that the US Navy's present configuration must change in response to the rising challenges presented by littoral warfare and postCold War budgetary realities.

Koburger presents the case for a fuller realization of the potential offered by the ongoing technological revolution. To fund the technological revolution required to achieve the "four key operational capabilities of littoral warfare: command, control, intelligence and surveillance and communications; battlespace dominance; power projection; and force sustainment," Koburger argues for a phased reduction in high-cost and increasingly ineffective Cold War naval weaponry to "meet the challenges we immediately face."

Koburger briefly reviews current and projected naval operational environments, injecting points of potential future conflicts in such areas as proliferation of small but more lethal navies, strains in uses of the sea stemming from diminishing resources and the inadequacy of enforcement of the "law of the seas. …

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