The United States needs a maritime strategy to guide the creation and application of its naval power. Sea Power 21's operational concepts maintain the U.S. Navy's post-World War II orientation on projecting power ashore, but are no substitute for a comprehensive strategy. Because it does not link national objectives with the means necessary to achieve them, the plan does not provide a foundation for sound force-shaping decisions or offer the necessary framework for developing effective operational art. Linking national policy objectives with the capabilities articulated in Sea Power 21 requires a sealand maritime strategy that supports the national military strategy by shaping the combatant commanders' theater strategies and plans. A comprehensive maritime strategy is a necessary complement to joint warfighting doctrine.
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