The suddenness with which grave crises can develop to threaten even the insecure truce which today we call "peace" emphasizes more than ever the essential and growing contribution of sea power to our national security. In fact, despite our living in a so called "age of space," control of that 71 per cent of our planet's geography, the sea, has never been of greater importance. Only recently, new flare-ups on opposite sides of the earth have underscored the vast spread of active and potential "trouble spots" and the vital importance of global deployment of our forces to deal with events which could well spread into major, even all-out, war.
Our future Navy will have a diverse and widespread role in support of our nation's position as the keystone of the Free World. Our capability to conduct effective amphibious operations, a fundamental and prime naval function, will remain vital.