In fact, at the core of U.S. security requirements lies one prerequisite sea control. U.S. military strategy is based on forward presence and power projection maintaining a presence in key regions and, when necessary, deploying and sustaining sea, land, and air forces overseas. If we cannot command the seas and the airspace above them, we cannot project power to command or influence events ashore; we cannot deter; we cannot shape the security environment.

Admiral Jay Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations
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