Why we fight is the domain of policy makers. The ‘how’ in the equation belongs to warfighters.
The geographical position of our country—centrally located between Europe and Asia with access to the world’s dominant oceans—offers strategic advantages afforded to few other nations. In a globally connected economy this intersectional position presents the United States with significant opportunities to exchange goods widely and inexpensively. It also presents opportunities for us to influence, if not impose, conditions that are favorable to U.S. interests. To preserve the flow of goods and defend the nation requires a capable naval force.