The unique integrated attributes of naval forces can provide the foundation for new security strategies. Their mobility and flexibility make them well suited to support overseas presence and power projection in a world without the old Cold War structures.
National security strategies change as the military and political climates change. Throughout its history, the United States has based its security strategies on three grand paradigms: isolationism, collective security, and the confrontation between East and West that came to be known as the Cold War. Now the world has changed again, and the United States is in a period of transition, searching for a new paradigm on which to base a national security strategy.