In August last year, Wikistrat ran an online crowdsourced simulation to identify existing and prospective partnerships for the United States Navy, outline the main challenges in achieving success in such partnerships, propose solutions for overcoming those challenges, and red-team the proposed solutions.
To that end, participants were divided into two groups:
- Group Alpha consisted of 17 analysts role-playing the U.S. Navy.
- Group Bravo consisted of 20 analysts role-playing prospective partners.
The teams included such experts as former U.S. Navy Captain Scott Stanley, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Richard Natonski, retired British Royal Air Force Vice-Marshal Steve Chisnall and former Director General of Navy Strategy and Management in the Royal Australian Navy Dr. Jack McCaffrie.
They found that Navy partnerships in Asia will become even more important and that the U.S. Department of Defense needs to invest more in them.
Rising tensions with China and Russia appeared to be the key issues driving the analysis, implying that any “rethinking” will need to be done in the context of pressing geopolitical issues and potential major conflict. The South China Sea theater is the location where the U.S. Navy needs to have the most flexibility, maneuverability and reliable allies.
The relationship between the U.S. Navy and ASEAN South China Sea claimants received the most attention from the crowd, adding credence to the notion that China is the key issue to manage in pursuing naval partnerships. Read More →