Do our foreign-policy interests compromise our readiness against asymmetric threats?
For the past two decades U.S. naval power has not been directly challenged by another nation. The Navy’s ability to conduct large-scale operations and sustain forces overseas has been unparalleled. It is less certain whether the Navy will remain dominant throughout the present decade. It may face asymmetric challenges rather than a peer force in the classical Mahanian model of naval competition. Such challenges could well include shifts in foreign-policy objectives and result in shortfalls in the effectiveness of our naval power.