979 Summer 2020 The Role of the US Navy in Great Power Competition
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, July 15
Instructor: VADM (Ret) John Miller
Coordinator: Sally Burdick
China is rapidly emerging as a significant regional maritime power in the Pacific through its robust shipbuilding program, terraformation, militarization of key disputed islands, and the aggressive posture of its maritime forces. China currently has one aircraft carrier in service, another under construction and several others planned, including nuclear powered vessels. China also has highly capable cruisers, destroyers, and frigates—as well as supporting aircraft development programs—that ensure the carriers will be properly outfitted. Both China and Russia are currently engaged in submarine construction and upgrade programs designed to improve their ability to exert sea control in and around critical sea lanes of communications—sea lanes vital to the national security interests of the United States and its allies, and economic interests vital to the continued vitality of the global economy. This presentation describes the scope of the challenges the United States faces in the emerging great power competition caused by increased Chinese and Russian aggression. The presentation will specifically address the roles the United States, its formal allies (e.g., NATO), and emerging potential allies (e.g., India) can play to ensure their future security.
VADM (Ret.) John Miller is a former commander of the US Fifth Fleet/US Naval Forces Central Command. He currently resides in Northern Virginia and works as a senior mentor for the US Naval War College, as a national/maritime security consultant, and as an associate fellow for the International Institute for Strategic Studies.