US Leaders Assume Maritime Supremacy at their Peril?
The author argues that strategists and military Flag officers assessing force structure and maritime strategy sometimes overlook or understate aircraft carriers' inherent vulnerabilities. He believes carriers remain a potential key target for unconventional and conventional adversaries -- an intelligent adversary could exploit carrier weaknesses. He concludes that simply because U.S. global and regional operational plans and concepts rely heavily on the operational and strategic contribution of carrier strike groups, the Pentagon should not necessarily assume the U.S. will have maritime supremacy in the next major conflict. Return to:
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