Over the past few months our pages have been the home of one of the perennial naval debates: the value and vulnerability of the aircraft carrier. It will no doubt remain a favorite topic for partisans of both sides of the issue. But a new naval point-counterpoint is gaining momentum: the need for an effective littoral warfare capability. One side maintains that we should focus on what we traditionally do well: blue-water supremacy. Others say that when the time comes that we need to fight in the littoral (and they are certain it will come), our blue-water fleet will be at great risk to anti-access weapons.