Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Captsone Essay Contestenerational transformation in the nature of combat. The U.S. Navy is no exception. Just as jet-engine technology redefined air combat during World War II and the Cold War, 21st-century advanced weapon systems continue to reshape the tactical theater. As illustrated by the Navy’s recently published Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, the present-day warfighter faces a broad range of issues, including adversaries’ increased anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities, exploitation of cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum, and long-range ballistic-missile technology.
At the forefront of these rising capabilities is in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. As a result, the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower estimates that 60 percent of all Navy ships and aircraft will be based there by 2020. Not surprisingly, the strategic shift to the Pacific has inspired nations such as China and Russia to accelerate development and testing of weapon systems designed to prevent our access to this region.