7, 2013, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
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Sea Power: Is the Sun Setting in the West or Rising in the East?
Thursday, November 7 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
The Royal Navy today is a shrinking shadow of its former self. Nineteen surface ships currently exist in the entire Royal Navy where more than three times that number made up the surface fleet during the Falklands War of 1982. The U.S. fleet has also experienced large decreases, although not on the same scale. Where the U.S. Navy had almost 600 ships in the mid-1980s, it is down to 284 today with the likelihood of additional large reductions in the future even if sequestration is lifted.
Admiral Christopher Parry, Royal Navy, (ret.) will look at what reductions in naval power on both sides of the Atlantic mean for the U.S. and the U.K., as well as for NATO and the West generally. He will examine what the simultaneous rise in Asian naval strength means for Western naval strategy, and more important, the West's role as defender of the international order.
Admiral Parry will be joined in a discussion following his remarks by Admiral John Harvery, U.S. Navy, (ret.) and Commander Bryan McGrath, U.S. Navy, (ret.). Hudson Senior Fellow Seth Cropseywill moderate the morning event.
Admiral Parry's remarks, and the discussion with U.S. naval officers that follows, is the inaugural event of Hudson's new Center for American Sea Power. True to Hudson's half-century old commitment to examining issues of emerging and future security, the Center will concentrate on the size, shape, and character of American sea power. Hudson Institute's Center for American Sea Power will look at broad questions of U.S. and Western maritime strategy as national defense budgets decrease and challenges as diverse as Asia's growing naval strength and asymmetric warfare at sea grow. As with the Center's future conferences, papers, monographs, and journal articles, Admiral Parry's presentation is based on the premise that great power status for a maritime nation is inseparable from robust naval forces.
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