- List of Contributors
- Defining War
- Strategy and War
- How History Shapes War
- The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War
- Alliances and War
- Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare
- Morality and War
- The Evolving Legal Aspects of War
- The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars
- The Strategic Object of War
- Nuclear Deterrence and War
- Unconventional Forms of War
- Terrorism and War
- Strategic Leadership and War
- Intelligence and War
- The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
- Managing War
- The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?
- The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives
- The Japanese Way of War
- Military Coalitions in War
- Military Leadership in A Changing World
- The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on three Commands
- Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors
- Conducting Joint Operations
- Counterinsurgency and War
- The Role of Logistics in War
- Land Warfare
- Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control
- Air Warfare
- Teaching War
- The Limits of Technology in War
- Space: A New Theatre of War?
- Affording War: The British Case
- Industry and War
- Procurement and War
- The Defence Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment
- The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces
- Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach
- Building A Multilateral Civilian Surge
- Demography and Warfare
- Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective
- Communicating War: The Poacher's Perspective
- Does War Have A Future?
- conclusions:The Unpredictability of War and Its Consequences
Abstract and Keywords
When considering maritime warfare, there are two points to bear in mind from the outset. The first is that the object of maritime warfare is ultimately to affect outcomes on the land. The second point is that success in maritime warfare requires the ability to operate at sea, in the air, and on the land. Maritime warfare can best be understood through an appreciation of the strategy it is intended to serve. It might in the first instance be helpful to illustrate the point by reference to the British experience. The benefits of a maritime strategy are not confined to island nations. The ability to use the sea for its own purposes is vital to any nation that relies on maritime trade for its existence and similarly, for those with exposed seaboards, to ensure they cannot be invaded. In fact, any nation that has a desire for security, wealth, and power needs to be able to use the seas freely and assert their right to do so when necessary.
Professor Julian Lindley-French is Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy, Netherlands Defence Academy, and Associate Fellow, Chatham House.
Professor Yves Boyer, is Professor, Ecole polytechnique, Paris, and Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), Paris.
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