Many design features have yet to be worked out, but modeled on the small coastal combatants of foreign navies-here, the Israeli Sa'ar 5-class corvette Eilat-Streetfighter will give the U.S. Navy new capabilities for the inshore battlespace.
In the November 1999 Proceedings, "Rebalancing the Fleet" introduced the concept of a "streetfighter" as an essential element of the 21st-century U.S. Navy. The article espouses a force for access into an enemy's defended waters, clearing the way so that our blue-water Navy can safely exercise its great power to influence events ashore.
From many quarters a number of apt questions about streetfighter have been posed. In what follows I try to answer those that pertain to the foremost task of a streetfighter: the ability to fight in the "back alleys" of an enemy's home waters.
You say streetfighter will facilitate access. What do you mean by access?