Lundesgaard: US Navy strategy and force structure after the Cold War

IFS Insights 4/2011
Amund Lundesgaard investigates the US Navy’s strategic ideas after 1989.​​​ Download the Insight for free.​​​​​
​​​​IFS Insights no. 4, November 2011
Title: US Navy strategy and force structure after the Cold War
Author: Amund Lundesgaard
Number of pages: 30

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At the end of the Cold War, the US Navy’s strategy and force structure were primarily directed at fighting a conventional enemy on the high seas. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the relative certainty of the Cold War was replaced by uncertainty about the challenges of the future. A number of threats, such as regional rivalry, terrorism, transnational crime, nationalism, and ethnic and religious conflicts, rose to prominence during the 1990s, replacing the Soviet Union as the main concern.

This issue of IFS Insight investigates the Navy’s strategic ideas after 1989 by addressing change and con­tinuity in the blue water/littoral approaches to sea power in the US Navy. The blue water/littoral priorities of the Navy in this period will be illustrated by the Navy’s threat perceptions, the geographical and opera­tional focus of contemporary strategy documents, as well as the force structure and budgets.

Amund Lundesgaard​ is a doctoral fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. He is currently studying the maritime strategy of the US Navy after the Cold War.

Publisert 1. april 2011 15:52.. Sist oppdatert 29. juni 2015 10:22.