is on establishing and maintaining maritime superiority echoes through the corridors of power as if it were a revolutionary idea. The emphasis in the surface force on distributed lethality, the push to acquire platforms such as the littoral combat ship (LCS) and DDG-1000 guided-missile destroyers, and the vision of a 355-ship fleet share sea control as their central idea. Yet sea control is not a new concept. Retired Captain Wayne P. Hughes’ classic work Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat notes that “It has long been axiomatic that naval influence cannot be exercised before ‘sufficient’ control of the sea is secured.”1 The novelty of the Navy’s contemporary approach is the innovative spirit of implementation.
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