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The UK as a Medium Maritime Power in the 21st Century

Logistics for Influence


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christopher Martin
    Pages 21-38
  3. Christopher Martin
    Pages 39-55
  4. Christopher Martin
    Pages 57-74
  5. Christopher Martin
    Pages 75-90
  6. Christopher Martin
    Pages 91-108
  7. Christopher Martin
    Pages 109-132
  8. Christopher Martin
    Pages 133-136
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-151

About this book


This book argues that the UK, as a post-modern globalised state, will require means to have influence over events and opponents that threaten the UK's interests in the 21st century, and that its means is the Royal Navy. However, unlike other studies, this research emphasizes the role of logistics, especially afloat support logistics and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. In doing so, the author rejects the current theory underpinning military operations at distance, that distance degrades capability, and posits an alternative theory, that time is the key factor, for maritime-based forces. The UK must reengage with its maritime status and maintain a maritime-based capability to protect its interests in the new maritime century as a leader within the international community. The book will be of use to scholars and researchers interested in naval history and defence policy. 


defence policy funding government international relations political science politics social science United States of America

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Politics, Philosophy & International StuUniversity of Hull Politics, Philosophy & International StuHullUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Christopher Martin is Senior Lecturer in War Studies and Contemporary Security at the University of Hull, UK. He is an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. He was awarded the Julian Corbett Prize for Research in Modern Naval History in 2005.

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