Naval War College Current Strategy Forum

The Asia-Pacific focus is another indication that the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific will dominate this century.

Naval War College Current Strategy Forum

By Francis P. Sempa

In mid June, the U.S. Naval War College hosted its 66th annual Current Strategy Forum in Newport, Rhode Island. The College billed the event under the general title, “Strategy and Maritime Power in a Contested Environment,” but the main focus was China.

Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the first keynote address, in which she identified and explained America’s goal to maintain “all domain access” to the Indo-Pacific region; meaning the continued ability to access the region by sea, air, land, space, and cyber domains. Admiral Howard noted that China is developing a force structure that may enable it to deny U.S. access to the region by some or all of those domains.

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