Seapower A Guide for the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 041562262X
ISBN-13: 9780415622622
Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Geoffrey Till
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Description: This is a revised and fully updated edition of Prof. Till's  Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century.  The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic  More...

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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This is a revised and fully updated edition of Prof. Till's  Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century.  The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security. This is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system. Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are developing fast.Written by a recognized authority on maritime strategy past and present, this book investigates the consequences of this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for everyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.This book will be essential reading for all students of naval power, maritime security and naval history, and highly recommended for students of strategic studies, global security and IR. 

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Preface to the third edition
In search of seapower
Introduction: the maritime case
Explaining success: the four attributes of the sea
Defining seapower
Seapower in a globalising world: two competing tendencies
Introduction: seapower and globalisation
The modem navy
The post-modern navy
Enablers and choices
Modern/post-modern compromises
Who said what and why it matters
The value of theory in maritime operations
On types of theory
The early development of theory
Mahan and the bluewater tendency
Corbett and the maritime tradition
Alternative visions in maritime strategy
Operational art and modern maritime theory
Present and future challenges
The constituents of seapower
Introduction
Identifying the constituents of seapower
Maritime people, society and government
Maritime geography
Resources
A maritime economy
Seapower by other means
Understanding
Navies and technology
Introduction
Classifying navies
Estimating relative effectiveness
Navies and technology: an introduction
Platforms
Systems, weapons and sensors
An information revolution?
The challenge of transformational technology
A strategy for innovation
Navies and technology: summary and conclusions
Command of the sea and sea control
Evolution of a traditional concept
Limits and qualifications
Pursuing command in moderation
Command of the sea yields to sea control
Sea denial
Contemporary angles
Securing command of the sea
Securing command of the sea: the operational approach
Decisive battle
Forms and styles of decisive battle
How to achieve a decisive victory
Contemporary forms and concepts of battle
Operational alternatives to battle
The fleet-in-being approach
The fleet blockade
Exploiting command of the sea: maritime power projection
Maritime power projection: definitions
Maritime power projection: aims
Amphibious operations
Operational manoeuvre from the sea
Sea-based strategic missile attack of the shore
Defence against maritime power projection
Exploiting command of the sea: control of maritime communications
The attack of maritime communications
The defence of maritime communications
Contemporary relevance?
Naval diplomacy
Coverage of naval diplomacy in the literature: who said what?
The diplomatic value of naval power
The range and extent of naval diplomacy
Naval presence
Naval picture building
Naval coercion
Collaborative naval diplomacy and coalition building
Naval diplomacy: implications for strategy makers
Expeditionary operations
Origins and background
Definitions
Expeditionary operations: the political dimension
Expeditionary operations: the urban dimension
Expeditionary operations: the maritime dimension
Staging a sea-based expedition: the maritime requirements
Conclusion
HADR: a humanitarian postscript
Maintaining good order at sea: maritime security at home and away
Introduction: a renaming of parts?
Good order at sea and maritime security
Navies and coastguards in defence of the sea as a stock resource
Navies and coastguards in defence of the sea as a means of transportation-a flow resource
Navies and coastguards in the defence of the sea as an environment
Navies and coastguards, and the defence of the sea as an area of sovereignty and dominion
Good order at sea: general requirements
Good order at sea: implications for navies
The South China Sea: a case study
The South China Sea as a stock resource
The South China Sea as a flow resource
The South China Sea as a physical environment
The South China Sea: the need for good order
The South China Sea as an area of sovereignty
The South China Sea as a medium for dominion
So what?
Conclusions?
Competitive and collaborative trends in naval development are all-important but impossible to predict
The relative importance of the sea and seapower will tend to rise in the twenty-first century
Shifting attitudes to the global commons
Debating the littorals
The range and diversity of naval tasks are likely to increase
There are no easy answers
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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