Essay: Military -- Naval Role Post-Wwii

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[. . .] [footnoteRef:8] Finally, the United States Navy played an important role in America's Space program, both contributing people from its own ranks as astronauts and in retrieving men and equipment employed in that program.[footnoteRef:9] Consequently, while the U.S. Navy was primarily devoted to Cold War efforts, it filled additional roles suitable to its expanded capabilities. [1: George Baer. One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1993, p. 444.] [2: Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming, Victor Hanson, and Robert Cowley. The Cold War: A Military History. New York, NY: Random House Publishing Group, 2006, p. 12.] [3: Ibid., p. 78.] [4: Ibid., p. 167.] [5: John Pina Craven. The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea. New York, NY: First Touchstone, 2002, p. 88.] [6: Ibid., p. 39.] [7: Baer, p. 352.] [8: Ambrose, p. xxvi.] [9: Ibid., p. 430.]

3. Conclusion

During the period stretching from 1945 to 1991, the major powers of the world were engaged in a Cold War that significantly occupied their military resources, including their naval forces. Spanning the globe, this War was primarily fought by the United States and its allies according to a "Containment Strategy" using a wall of military might to surround and limit the spread of Communism. The United States Navy, in particular, sought to dominate the world's seas through its expanding capabilities and aided in conflicts involving the U.S.S.R., North and South Korea, China and Taiwan, Vietnam and surrounding countries, Cuba, Israeli and the PLO, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Grenada, Iran, Kuwait, and Iraq. For their part, the navies of the U.S.S.R. And its allies were equally dedicated to spreading Communism with U.S.S.R. capabilities eventually rivaling the U.S. Navy's capabilities. In addition to its multifaceted containment role in the Cold War, the United States Navy was instrumental in building and maintaining the security of Japan and in contributing manpower and naval capabilities to aid in the U.S. Space Program.

Bibliography

Ambrose, Stephen E., Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming, Victor Hanson, and Robert Cowley. The Cold War: A Military History. New York, NY: Random House Publishing Group, 2006.

Baer, George. One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Craven, John Pina. The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea. New York, NY: First Touchstone, 2002. [END OF PREVIEW]

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