(From National Interest)
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.”
The United States Navy also took risks in electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare, over-the-horizon targeting and strike in order to conduct the various other tasks assigned to it.
“So we have to restore those skills to the fleet,” Davidson said. Read More