Irregular Sea Control for Counter-Piracy
By Captain Gordan E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The Navy's Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower first cited maritime security as an expanded core capability. But to be truly effective, counter-piracy and other low-end missions must be considered unified, combined, and joint. Minimally and efficiently manned and equipped, persistent sea bases could provide cost-effective solutions for one of our oldest and most enduring core capabilities: sea control.