US Military Power in the Pacific: Problems and Prospects: Part I

  • Geoffrey Kemp
Part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Conference Papers book series (IISSCP)


Over the past 45 years the most traumatic military events involving the United States have been in the Pacific theatre. Pearl Harbor and the war with Japan; Korea, in which 54,000 American military lives were lost; and Vietnam where 57,000 Americans died. Vietnam remains a central factor in American thinking about military power, especially concerning the protracted use of ground forces.1


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  1. 2.
    S. R. Foley ‘Strategic Factors in the Pacific’, US Naval Institute Proceedings, August 1985, p. 34.Google Scholar

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© International Institute for Strategic Studies 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Kemp
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  1. 1.Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceUSA

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