The Battle Of The Cruise Missile

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Since man first began traversing the world’s waterways, we have been battling for control and supremacy over them. Whoever owns the sea has the upper hand in war. The outcome of war is determined by a complex combination of factors including: strategy, tactics, training, morale, leadership, organization, technology, weapons, and some luck. Having a slight advantage in most of these categories, or a great superiority in one, can lead to victory. Although there isn’t always a set order of which factor is most important, it is evident that the side possessing superior weapons has an increased chance of victory. The cruise missile is the latest in a line of technologies which decidedly changed the conduct of maritime warfare. This technology dramatically shifted the role of naval forces in both the land and maritime engagements, and expanded the naval battlefield to unforeseen distances and locales. Thus, impacting the way the United States Navy has approached strategy, tactics, and inter-service relations. Strategy The cruise missile has allowed the United States Navy to carry out its strategies of obtaining sea control and supremacy, and acting as a strategic deterrence; discouraging other countries from starting conflict. One of the greatest aspects of the cruise missile is the ability it has to carry nuclear warheads and launch them from a submarine or surface ship. Cruise missiles launched from submarines have a tactical advantage over
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