Second Honorable Mention Colin L. Powell Jointwarfighting Essay Contest
In today's world, there are no navies. This might seem an overdramatic statement. There is, in fact, a navy. The U.S. Navy is now the only, and possibly the last, global navy. In effect, it has become the world's navy.
There are other national naval forces. The British Royal Navy and the French Navy can sustain out-of-area deployments of a battle group equivalent. Canadian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and Australian ships frequently conduct forward deployments, though often as adjuncts to U.S. fleet operations. Other national naval forces operate on a regional basis with the U.S. fleet. Japan has an increasingly more powerful naval force built around U.S. naval technology, although technically it is not a navy. Russia retains the hope of a navy, and China the dream of one.
But most nations neither desire nor can afford an oceangoing navy. This is a reflection of resource capabilities and the result of the Cold War victory. It provides a tremendous advantage to the security and prosperity of the United States—but it also threatens the current paradigm of jointness.