Brown-water, a new "old" look at the Marine Corps, and a focus on the waters between 30 degrees and 105 degrees East longitude are the bases for defining a new naval strategy.
Roughly a century alter his passing, it is worth reconsidering the legacy of Alfred Thayer Mahan and his effect un the U.S. Navy. Just as adherents to a particular political philosophy may he the unwitting heirs of lung-dead philosophers whom they have never read, so too has Mahan affected the doctrine and force structure of the U.S. Navy in ways many officers may have never consciously realized. His ideas, reinforced hy the experiences of the world wars and the Cold War, resulted in an Atlantic Ocean-centric, large capital ship Navy. The relevance of this force is in question. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the last serious competitor to the Navy's worldwide maritime dominance, should U.S. taxpayers continue shouldering the burden of a large naval force?