21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era (21st Century Foundations) (Paperback)

21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era (21st Century Foundations) By Benjamin F. Armstrong (Editor) Cover Image
By Benjamin F. Armstrong (Editor)
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Alfred Thayer Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power upon History is well known to students of naval history and strategy, but his other writings are often overlooked when considering today's challenges. This collection of eight of Mahan's essays, along with Benjamin Armstrong's informative introductions and analysis, illustrates why Mahan's work remains relevant in the 21st century and how that work can help develop our strategic understanding.

People misunderstand Mahan, Armstrong reveals, because they have only read what others have to say about him, rather than what Mahan actually wrote. From the challenges of bureaucracy and staff duty, the development of global strategy and fleet composition, and effective leadership included in the first edition, this second edition adds discussions of the United States' place in the world, the difficulties of naval readiness, and the organization needed for construction of an effective national and naval strategy. With these added essays from Mahan, and a new preface and conclusion analyzing his work from Armstrong, this book demonstrates that Mahan's ideas about the importance of sea power continue to provide today's readers with a necessary foundation to address the military and international challenges of the 21st century.

About the Author

CDR Benjamin "BJ" Armstrong, USN, is a former search and rescue helicopter pilot and associate professor of war studies and naval history at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the author or editor of four books and several dozen articles on naval history and strategy, and the recipient of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and the Lyman Book Award from the North American Society of Oceanic History.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781682470893
ISBN-10: 168247089X
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: 21st Century Foundations