The American Sea Power Project Series

The end of the Cold War brought an end to the urgent need for in-depth thinking about maritime strategy. During the past three decades, naval planning and force structure were guided more by budgets, technology, and land operations than by any meaningful maritime strategy. With the return of great power competition, however, there is a need to get back to strategic thinking about what it means for the United States to be a maritime nation and how naval power underpins national power. The American Sea Power Project embodies Naval Institute thought leadership on these vital topics. A number of noted experts have committed to writing for the project, and we hope it will stir a vital debate within the Sea Services and among political leaders, and arouse a new national understanding of the importance of naval power to national security. 

Phase I Articles from Proceedings

Phase I of the American Sea Power Project focuses on the "ends" of strategy. 


American Sea Power Dialogue

August 2021
Strategic Failures Are Often Failures of Imagination Dr. Schake’s essay contains two basic propositions. The first is her argument that the U.S. and Japanese navies in the years after the ...
Phase II Articles from Proceedings

Phase II of the Project focuses on "ways" and "means." 

The American Sea Power Project Events

Events, both in-person and virtual, are part of the Project—to bring ideas from the “page to the stage.”


Remarks from the Authors

Anchor Link

The American Sea Power Project
Great Responsibility Demands a Great Navy
What Is a Navy For?


Top Strategy Articles from the Past

Proceedings has been publishing outstanding articles on maritime strategy since its inception. The editors recommend these.

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The Maritime Strategy

By Admiral James D. Watkins, U. S. Navy
January 1986
The goal of the overall Maritime Strategy is to use maritime power, in combination with the efforts of our sister services and forces of our allies, to bring about war ...
Hayward, Thomas B.

The Future of U. S. Sea Power

By Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, U. S. Navy
May 1979
I would like to lead off with a broad examination of the responsibilities facing the Navy, in order to provide a baseline from which we might judge the adequacy of ...
Fleet Problem IX

The Realism Of Sea Power

By Captain C. C. Gill, U. S. Navy
September 1933
In the last decade there has been evi­denced in the United States a drifting away from the realism of sea power. Certain heresies have arisen. We have heard said that ...
Notable Books on Maritime Strategy
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