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In light of current Department of Defense (DoD) priorities to increase the size of the military forces, new strategies must be developed to recruit and retain high-quality personnel with the right expertise to fill the expanding number of open billets. DoD should consider modifying existing policies to address this need, lest serious personnel issues overtake other force priorities.
In the numerous conflicts since the founding of the republic, and in particular since the late nineteenth century, the United States has relied on its ability to project military power far from its shores. As noted in this article, the voyage of The Great White Fleet provides powerful lessons for today's military.
There are few maritime related laws that generate more conflict, emotion and passion than the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 commonly referred to as the "Jones Act." Periodically the law comes under visceral attack from its critics in the public and Congress and then its proponents come to the rescue in efforts to protect the law.
Maritime trade warfare, also called commerce warfare, is a naval/military strategy that has been followed since ancient times. The idea of maritime trade warfare is to attack or neutralize the commercial shipping of one’s enemy in an effort to disrupt the enemy’s economy, make it more difficult for the enemy to continue waging war by disrupting the enemy’s military supply chain that uses the sea, or both.
Throughout American history, dozens of laws have been proposed and passed that have, in varying degrees, supported the operation of U.S.-flag ships in both coastal and international trade; no law ever passed has called for a reduction in or the elimination of U.S.-flag ships.