Hunter Stires is a Fellow with the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research at the U.S. Naval War College.  His area of inquiry centers on maritime strategy and logistics in the Western Pacific.  Mr. Stires is the 2018 winner of the U.S. Naval Institute’s General Prize Essay Contest, with his winning entry 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 related article “’They Were Playing Chicken:’ The U.S. Asiatic Fleet’s Gray-Zone Deterrence Campaign against Japan, 1937-40,” is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of the Naval War College Review. His first Proceedings feature article, "1941 Asiatic Fleet Offers Strategic Lessons" serves as a very meaningful discussion of the Asiatic Fleet case study. He is a freelance contributor to The National Interest and a graduate of Columbia University.

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 ...