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The Diffusion of Military Power by Michael C. Horowitz

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Chapter 3

CARRIER WARFARE

As the predominant form of naval power, aircraft carriers are one of the clearest symbols of military strength on earth. Short of the atomic bomb, nothing signifies the power of a great nation like the possession of a fleet of aircraft carriers, able to control the oceans and project power across great distances. It was the transition from battleship to carrier warfare that helped shepherd in the era of U.S. naval supremacy, and the complexities involved in adopting the innovation have ensured U.S. naval superiority ever since. The United States currently possesses an overwhelming advantage in naval power fueled in large part by its dominance in carrier warfare. While the United States presently operates eleven fleet ...

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