Military force is an essential instrument of American security policy. Washington’s military strategy and the US armed forces affect global power relations and influence allies, including Norway.
In the wake of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in light of a weakening economy, America has entered upon a total restructuring of its military that includes doctrine, organisation, education and technology. The entire range of military capabilities is currently under evaluation.
One controversial topic is the role of modern military technology, another the balance between different types of operations, conventional warfare, stability and counterinsurgency operations.
A third concerns the balance between conventional and non-conventional means of deterrence. There are signs, moreover, that the United States will rely more heavily in future on the Navy to guard and protect the global maritime commons.
All these matters are monitored and analysed by the Centre for Transatlantic Studies.
US Navy strategy and force structure 1989–2009
The project examines the strategy and force structure of the US Navy since the Cold War. It explores the threat assessments set down in the different strategy documents, which global regions are given priority and how the Navy envisages operations in conflict situations. The project also asks how the force structure developed in this period and whether strategic priorities affected actual or planned force structure.
Contact: Amund Lundesgaard