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Author Gompert, David C., author.

Title Sea power and American interests in the western Pacific / David C. Gompert ; [foreword by James Dobbins].

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 193 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Sea power and the western Pacific: importance, scope, and definition -- China, the United States, and the dynamic of sea power -- Technological change -- The oceanic commons -- Geo-politics -- Geography -- Structure -- Theory and lessons of history -- Factors of sea power -- Sea power then and now -- Anglo-American naval relations -- Anglo-German naval competition and conflict -- Japan and the United States -- Lessons from theory and history -- U.S. and Chinese interests and sea power in the western Pacific -- Chinese and U.S. trade -- U.S. interests -- U.S. strategy toward China -- American sea power in the western Pacific -- Chinese interests -- Chinese strategy -- Chinese sea power -- Conclusion: the interaction of U.S. and Chinese sea power -- Technological change -- The networking and targeting revolutions -- U.S. naval strengths and weaknesses -- Chinese priorities, capabilities, and potential -- Implications of current trends -- U.S. responses -- A new posture in the Pacific: toward phantom sea power -- Implementation: need versus inertia -- Conclusions -- Regional maritime security -- Mahan versus Mullen -- Maritime security and East Asia -- Sino-American security cooperation: rocky path or barren soil -- Conclusion -- Conclusions and recommendations -- The need for American initiative -- The future of sea power.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 12, 2014).
Summary China sees American sea power in East Asian waters as threatening to itself, its regional aspirations, and possibly its global access. So it is mounting a challenge with anti-ship missiles, submarines, and a growing fleet of its own. However, the United States will not relinquish its sea power, which it sees as needed to maintain its influence and stability, despite China's growing might, in this vital region. History shows that rivalries between established and rising sea powers tend to end badly, to wit: Britain versus Germany before World War I and the United States versus Japan before World War II. In this case, technology that enables the targeting of surface ships, especially aircraft carriers, favors the challenger, China. The United States can exploit technology more boldly than it has previously to make its sea power less vulnerable by relying more on submarines, drones, and smaller, elusive, widely distributed strike platforms. Yet, such a U.S. strategy could take decades and even then be vulnerable to Chinese cyber-war. Therefore, in parallel with making its sea power more survivable, the United States should propose an alternative to confrontation at sea: East Asian multilateral maritime-security cooperation, with China invited to join. While China might be wary that such a regional arrangement would be designed to contain and constrain it, the alternative of exclusion and isolation could induce China to join.
Subject Sea-power -- Pacific Area.
Sea-power -- China.
Sea-power -- United States.
China -- Strategic aspects.
United States -- Relations -- China.
China -- Relations -- United States.
Geopolitics -- China.
Naval strategy.
Geopolitics. (OCoLC)fst00941045
Naval strategy. (OCoLC)fst01035038
International relations. (OCoLC)fst00977053
Sea-power. (OCoLC)fst01110196
Strategic aspects of individual places. (OCoLC)fst01355062
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
Pacific Area. (OCoLC)fst01243504
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Military & Naval Science.
Law, Politics & Government.
Naval Science - General.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), issuing body.
Other Form: Print version: Gompert, David C. Sea power and American interests in the western Pacific. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2012 9780833078902 (DLC) 2013010138
ISBN 9780833078933 (electronic bk.)
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9780833078902 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780833078902 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Report No. RAND/RR-151-OSD
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AU@ 000053297662
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