Who Watches the Watchers in the U.S. Navy?

January 1, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Tags: NavyNavalTrumpChinaSouth China SeaMilitaryTechnology

Who Watches the Watchers in the U.S. Navy?

What does the latest Navy Strategic Readiness Review say about the state of the U.S. Navy?

Admiral Wylie would condemn China’s purposes, but he would instantly grasp its mischief-making methods—just as the U.S. Navy’s problem with cultural renovation would be familiar to Machiavelli, and just as Orwell would recognize the pitfalls of linguistic evasiveness. To judge strategic readiness in the here and now, in short, start with masters of old.

James Holmes holds the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and is coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific (second edition forthcoming 2018). The views voiced here are his alone.

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