What would Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan—America’s evangelist of sea power—say about the U.S. Navy’s “readiness” travails in this time of uneasy peace? Readiness is important. No less an authority than the 2018 National Military Strategy instructs the armed forces to balance “current operational needs with readiness recovery and modernization” in hopes of buoying their competitive advantage over rival great powers. Notes the watchdog Government Accountability Office, the Defense Department enacted a “readiness recovery framework” last year to appraise the state of readiness within the joint force and chart progress toward acceptable standards.
Competitors Get a Say in Readiness, Too
The first installment of Professor James Holmes' new regular column "Strategy Matters".
By Professor James R. Holmes