CNO Greenert is a prolific writer and speaker. Unfortunately, he is also a prolific purveyor of pacifistic policies (a little alliteration, there).
Greenert has authored another of his frequent Proceedings articles (1). This one espouses the global networked navy, a variation of the 1000-ship Navy idea. He describes a loose network of navies that form a global force for good (couldn’t resist that one) and whose individual members come and go as their individual national interests presumably come and go relative to specific issues.
Aside from the obvious problem of trying to count on network members who may or may not participate depending on what the issue of the moment is, the main problem is that this concept is dependent on a group of navies that are, frankly, not very capable. While this may be fine for dealing with pirates or providing humanitarian assistance on a small scale, it fails utterly when it comes to actual combat against even a moderately capable enemy.
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(1) US Naval Institute Proceedings, “Forging a Global Network of Navies”, Adm. Johathan Greenert, USN and RAdm. James Foggo III, USN, May 2014, p.22