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Page 1 of 16 Naval Power and Globalization

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Naval Power and Globalization:
The Next Twenty Years in the Pacific
Honorable Jerry MacArthur HULTIN and Admiral Dennis BLAIR
In the Asia-Pacific region, because of geography and history, naval strategy plays the
dominant role in American national security strategy. Since the end of the Second World War its
forward naval forces, many homebased in the region, others deploying there for shorter periods,
have controlled the waters and littoral regions of Asia. There have been instances of successful
aggression in the region by land, but none by sea, and American sea power was vital in turning
back or containing local land invasions by North Korea and North Vietnam. The regional
dominance of American naval power and American free trade policies and imports of Asian
goods underlay the export-led economic recovery and prosperity of the region beginning with
Japan and the Philippines, followed by South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and
to a lesser extent Indonesia. Beginning in recent years China has followed the same path as its
predecessor modernizing Asian neighbors. It has committed itself to economic modernization
through financial and trade integration with the world, and has imported and exported on ships
sailing though maritime regions kept peaceful by American naval power.
Because of its size and the scale, China is affecting both the regional and worldwide
economic balances of power and influence, and, potentially, the regional military balances in
Asia, as it increases its military spending and modernizes its military forces from its central


Source: Aronov, Boris - Department of Computer and Information Science, Polytechnic University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences