15 June 2012

Galrahn Discusses Recent Posts from Information Dissemination’s 5th Anniversary “Virtual Conference: Celebrating Seapower Online”

Galrahn offers feedback and discussion after the four presenters each week have had their pieces posted. Today’s post marks the conclusion of the second week, and we can look forward to two more weeks. It’s a real treat to have an entire June’s worth of thought and discussion on seapower.

Click here for more information on the conference, which is sponsored by the United States Naval Institute.

Galrahn, Feedback and Discussion,” Information Dissemination, 15 June 2012.

With so few U.S.-Flagged ships and carriers, is America still a maritime power?
Stephen Carmel, Sr. Vice President Maritime Services at Maersk Line, Limited. …

Is China the real Mahanian maritime power of the 21st century?
Robert C. Rubel, Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College. …

To what extent is the Navy setting forth a strategic vision that agrees with your understanding of America’s global role?
Secretary Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton and an advisor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on national security issues. …

Are China’s Near Seas “Anti-Navy” capabilities aimed directly at the United States?
Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the department’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI).

Few people in the world articulate the complexity of China as well as Andrew Erickson, and this piece is a great example. I truly believe the open dialog of challenges both sides dealing with the other is part of the solution towards an enduring and long term mutually beneficial relationship between the US and China in the 21st century, and history will look back at what the folks at CMSI have contributed publicly across broad print and electronic media and cite that as a source of the mutual understanding between both nations during the rise of China. Much as commercial goods like blue jeans and even entertainment had difficult to measure impacts on US-USSR relations during the cold war, that intersection between China and the US of information along the information superhighway is slowly building mutual admiration on a civilian level beneath the political level, adding an awareness that balances the nationalistic tendencies.