A Sea Control Showdown

The power of the United States Navy to be a two-ocean Navy and meet our national commitments has been seriously impaired by sequestration. Politicians have our Navy playing catch up with the Russians and Chinese in certain fields. Even motley Iran feels free to challenge us in the Middle East as a sea power. There are some good areas that we still own. There are others that cause concern. See the good, bad, and ugly in this article.

031130-N-3653A-002- Atlantic Ocean (Nov. 30, 2003) -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group formation sails in the Atlantic Ocean. Washington is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for their upcoming deployment. U.S Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson. (RELEASED)

As Written By Dave Majumdar for National Interest:

Can the Navy gain back the edge when it comes to taking on high-end challenges from great powers?

The capability risks that the United States Navy took in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War are coming back to haunt the service as Russia, China and Iran seek to challenge American forces at sea. Increasingly, rival powers are challenging American sea control—something that the U.S. Navy has not encountered since the implosion of the once mighty Soviet Navy in 1991.

“Their operational approach, Russia, China, Iran certainly, is to deny us sea control,” Admiral Philip S. Davidson, commander of U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on June 24. “It’s to let us know the last decade—that aberration—that we would not go unchallenged in the maritime domain. That is one of the areas in which we took risk in the last decade.” ……

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Russia, China or Iran vs. US Navy: Who Wins? (A Sea Control Showdown) | The National Interest Blog

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