Non-Book Review: The U.S. Naval Institute On Naval Cooperation

This is the second “wheel book” that I have received from the Naval Historical Institute to read and review [1] and like the first one it looks like a short book that will not be particularly difficult to manage. Given that this series of books is written for busy officers of the U.S. Navy, and possibly the navies of allied nations as well, it is not surprising that they should be almost small enough to fit in a pocket and certainly small enough not to take more than a couple of hours of sustained reading to finish for many readers, filled with excerpts that invite further study and reflection for those who are so inclined. Unlike the previous book I read, flipping through the pages of this book, I find that all of the articles included are from the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, rather than being excerpts from longer works. That makes this book more of a collection of articles than the other book was. I wonder as well which audience this book is intended for, as naval cooperation would appear to be a matter of primary interest for a specific type of staff or command officer, and probably not most officers in ordinary duty.

Nevertheless, that said, the book does provide at least a few areas in which naval cooperation is a matter of importance for those readers who have an interest in the matter. The first section of the book deals with alliances and coalitions, perhaps the most obvious place where cooperation between navies is of vital importance. After this comes some papers on the subject of international programs and exercises, building networks of relationships with naval personnel of other countries, as well as a look at international law and diplomacy. The last three, shorter, sections deal with maritime security, disaster relief efforts, and incidents at sea, all cases where cooperation is important as well. Although, admittedly, as someone who has never been a seaman of any kind, much less an officer, my knowledge about naval cooperation is not particularly profound, except in those areas of interservice cooperation discussed as matters of naval tactics, particularly of an amphibious variety, which I have done some reading on. I am curious to read what these thinkers, both American and international, have to say about the area of naval cooperation and how to smooth over the potential difficulties in procedure and doctrine when units from different navies are called together to work in common causes. After all, such studies may richly repay the effort, as they may be applicable to other times of cooperative efforts as well.

[1] See also:

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