The End of US Dual Ocean Navy Defense?

Friday, January 06, 2012

Congress and Franklin Roosevelt's administration passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act in 1940, during World War II. Since then, the nation’s domestic military defense has been based on a simultaneous naval defense on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But with the announcement Thursday of an eight percent decrease in U.S. military spending, there was also the tacit understanding that naval fleets will be redirected to the Pacific Ocean to act as a buffer between China and the United States West Coast.

James Holmes is associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Navy War College and author of "Theodore Roosevelt and World Order." He explains the past, present, and future of the two-war strategy.


James Holmes

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]


Cutting back the military and a narrow focus on the Pacific is irresponsible because if Iran closes the Straight of Hormuz like they promise to do than that will result in the largest battle for the US Navy since WWII. A two ocean strategy is still needed with the Indian Ocean replacing the Atlantic.

When a war comes to an end there are always some foolishly ready to declare it the war to end all wars.....
until the next one.

Jan. 06 2012 10:54 AM

I imagine the DoD has taken into consideration that the Earth is a sphere and the Chinese navy can go west around the world. With enough pay-off money China might be able to get naval bases on the African coast which will help them to reach our east coast that much faster.

If Chinese uses American steel to build their battleships we may have to worry a little bit.

Jan. 06 2012 09:23 AM

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