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U.S. Navy Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington walks across the ship's flight deck after flight operations in South China Sea.

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Analysis & Opinions - PacNet Newsletter

Matching Power with Purpose in the South China Sea: A Proposal

| Nov. 21, 2017

"Emmerson has done a service by reminding us of the critical importance of matching power with purpose.  FSOP however has an unambiguous and principled objective, one appropriate for the defense of US interests and for the provision of allied and partner-state reassurance.  The challenge is not to modify fundamental principles and objectives of US foreign policy but to formulate a strategy to effectively defend and advance them."