Issues in National Security Lecture 5: "U.S. Naval Power in the Pacific"

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Mar. 17, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Pringle Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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This event is for spouses, partners and significant others of military/civilian employees assigned to the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport and its tenant activities, NWC Foundation members and local-area retirees or active/reserve personnel.

About This Lecture

The talk will explain why it is so hard for the U.S. Navy to prevail in strategic competition or warfare in the Pacific, even though it remains stronger than its competitors. It reviews geography, naval budgets, combat capability, and much, much more to show why the strong need not and may not win. Your guide to an election year when, judging from past election cycles, it will be hard to sort facts about the naval balance from fiction. Bonus: zombies!

A former surface warfare officer, James Holmes is J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and the author, most recently, of “A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy.”

About the Lecture Series

The Issues in National Security (INS) lectures are specifically designed to offer scholarly lectures to the spouses, partners and significant others of military and civilian employees assigned to NWC, Naval Station Newport and its tenant activities, NWC Foundation members and local-area retirees or active/reserve personnel. Participation is voluntary and neither reading assignments nor written requirements will apply.

The INS lectures will be held on the campus of NWC in Pringle Auditorium on select Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. There will be a total of ten lectures offered during the period starting in January through May.

These academic lectures are being offered to the participants, however no formal academic credit will be awarded. Participants who attend at least 70% of the lectures will be presented with a certificate that documents their completion of the NWC INS Lecture Series.

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There is no requirement to sign up or RSVP for the lecture series. For general questions about the series, contact Professor John E. Jackson at jacksonj@usnwc.edu.

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