Sea Basing is seductive, but it is a dream that needs a wake-up call. Planners must reassess their assumptions in the cold light of a dawn that reflects reality, not wishful thinking.
The U.S. Navy can do it all ... the United States can wage war alone . . . and Washington can do all of this affordably. Some defense transformational analysts now planning strategy and force structure base their assessments on one—or all three—of these assumptions, in part because contemporary strategists divine a future in which Navy units will operate increasingly without coalition support and without access to nearby ports or airfields. Political-military trends of the most recent U.S. engagements notwithstanding, taking these assumptions for granted indefinitely is dangerous.