One of the key issues facing naval strategists and planners is whether China poses a threat. The editors of this hot-topic book - professors and analysts at the US Naval War College and co-founders of the new China Maritime Studies Group - have sifted through the thinking of today's leading experts in the field to focus on one aspect of that potential threat: the emergence of a viable Chinese nuclear submarine force.
Conceding that no one can know for certain China's intentions in terms of future conflict, the editors invoke the`fleet in being' and deterrence strategic concepts, contending that actual usage of offensive weapons is virtually irrelevant; the mere existence of a Chinese maritime threat means that the United States has to be prepared to defend itself, even if it is never actually used. To do otherwise is the height of strategic folly and inexcusable negligence in terms of national defence.
Packed with useful data and cogent analysis, the essays in this book are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the future of the US Navy and the nation that it defends.