Leverage of Sea Power by Colin S. Gray
The Strategic Advantage of Navies in War

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The technological advances in the machinery of space, nuclear and air warfare have obscured the importance of naval power. Using examples from Ancient Greece to the Gulf War, Gray argues that control of the sea is vital to strategic planning. The book shows how the various ways in which sea-power can be used to decisively influence the outcome of general conflicts. Sparta required a fleet to bring about the destruction of the Athenian Empire, the lack of access to the sea was a fatal weakness for Germany in both World Wars, whilst in the Gulf War, the ability of the western powers and their allies to bring up vast amounts of armour and supplies unchallenged was a key factor in the outcome of the war.
 

About Colin S. Gray

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Gray is president of the National Institute for Public Policy in Fairfax, Virginia.
 
Published November 2, 1992 by Free Press. 350 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, War, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Along similar lines, Gray argues that many Western politicians and constituencies have consistently failed to understand that the primary purpose of navies is not to engage in deep-water battles with their foes but to maintain oceanic dominion as an ``enabling agent'' of victory.

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In Gray's view, recent technological, economic, military and political changes in no way diminish the strategic leverage of sea power, which he considers the ``timeless midwife of victory.'' Although the U.S. Navy is presently shifting its principal focus from control of the high seas to shorelin...

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