Hail to the Deep: A Strategy for Submarines

The grandmasters of naval strategy died before the sub came into its own. Can their insights be salvaged for a new era?

Issue: July-August 2014

IT’S EASY to forget the virtues of submarines, which lurk beneath not only the waters but also the consciousness of most Americans. They aren’t as iconic as fighter jets or as visceral as tanks. But they can deny a stronger enemy navy control of important waters. Afterward they can exercise command of the sea, blockading or projecting power onto enemy shores with impunity. These elusive warships, in other words, pack an outsized punch.

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