This is a bibliography with a point of view. It takes as a departure point the U. S. Navy-Marine Corps Maritime Strategy of the 1980s, as enunciated by the civilian and military leaders of the Department of the Navy. It includes criticisms of and commentaries on that strategy, as well as items relating "The Maritime Strategy" to the overall national military strategy, and to historical precedents. It is organized topically and—within each topic—chronologically in order of publication or historical period treated to show the development of the strategy as well as its alternatives.
The Maritime Strategy has generated enormous debate. All sides and aspects of the debate are presented here. The focus, however, is on that strategy. Absent are discussions which do not have as their points of departure—explicitly or implicitly—the contemporary Maritime Strategy debate.