Having to “Make Do”

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strategic options in the twenty-first century

Authored by: Sarandis (‘Randy’) Papadopoulos

Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138840935
eBook ISBN: 9781315732572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317555391


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The second decade of the century confronts American military and naval forces with a different set of challenges than those of the previous ten years. Public support to confront terrorism, on the scale that followed the 9/11 attacks, has receded. Instead, that challenge is now the province of intelligence agencies and the U.S. military’s potent, but numerically small, Special Operations Forces. Conversely, the potential for national rivalry, even warfare, seems to be increasing, with challenges to America spanning the heart and east coasts of Asia. 2 That the oceans adjoining those regions include a main artery of world trade makes the challenge only more difficult, with analyst Daniel Gouré’s words best capturing their magnitude: “the end of history is over.” 3

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