Hunter Stires is the Project Director of the U.S. Naval Institute’s Maritime Counterinsurgency Project.  He is a Fellow with the U.S. Naval War College’s John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Navy League’s Center for Maritime Strategy.  Mr. Stires has been recognized twice in the U.S. Naval Institute’s General Prize Essay Contest.  His 1st prize winning entry is published as “The South China Sea Needs a ‘COIN’ Toss” in the May 2019 issue of Proceedings alongside a companion piece, “Why We Defend Free Seas;” his 2nd prize entry, “Win Without Fighting,” is published in the June 2020 issue.  His related article, “‘They Were Playing Chicken:’ The U.S. Asiatic Fleet’s Gray-Zone Deterrence Campaign against Japan, 1937-40,” is published in the Summer 2019 issue of the Naval War College Review and is featured in the 2022 Newport Papers monograph Deterrence.  A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Stires is a Program Analyst supporting the OPNAV N957 Expeditionary Combat Branch.



Articles by Hunter Stires

A China Coast Guard ship uses water cannons on a Vietnamese marine surveillance ship in the South China Sea. China has been able to advance its agenda through aggressive moves that mostly have failed to produce a serious U.S. response. It might not embark on war because it has no need to.

Win Without Fighting

By Hunter Stires
June 2020
The United States is devoting significant energy to preparing for great power war, but China is waging a maritime insurgency—and could win without firing a shot.
U.S. Navy (Nathan Burke)

1941 Asiatic Fleet Offers Strategic Lessons

By Hunter Stires
August 2016
“Air-Sea Battle.” What comes to mind when you hear that dashing phrase? How about its ungainly replacement, “Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons”? Some might envision ...