the block,” to paraphrase former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and preferably the biggest, to hold our place at the table, to deter threats and conflicts, and to achieve our strategic objectives, regardless of whether the interaction with the others is friendly or hostile.

The naval forces will be expected to meet—successfully—any of the circumstances and weapons, conventional and unconventional, that international developments will impose. The forces must be adaptable, because the exact nature of any threats they will have to meet or missions they will have to carry out cannot be known a priori. And they must be readily expandable if need be, in a form that will meet major challenges as they develop.

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