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The theories of Mahan in the era of flight

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    Posted: 24 Mar 2011 at 15:17
I've often wondered and never thought to ask, what countries were greatly influenced by his work besides the US, Germany and Japan? Also, are any of his ideas still as relevant today as they were over a century ago?

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We've discussed old Alfred before but with respect to "sea power" I do believe General Billy Mitchell put a crimp in the Mahan thesis.
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Never post in a rush. Good point doctor. Note the change in the title. I'll probably freshen up my original post as the day wears on.
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Mahan's 'choke point' theories still hold water, even in the age of air. Intercontinental missiles certainly rendered navies more vulnerable, but worldwide military campaigns still depend upon maritime transport, which must traverse seas under some form of protection, and in many cases, these must pass through some choke point which must be either friendly to, or under the control, of the warring power. So while technology enables major powers to identify and potentially interdict naval fleets at greater ranges, Mahans theories still stand up pretty well, particularly in situations short of atomic war.




Edited by lirelou - 25 Mar 2011 at 13:36
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