A revival of Russian naval activity, particularly in northern waters, is posing new challenges for NATO maritime forces, not least in countering a developing anti-access/area denial capability. While these developments do not represent a return to the Cold War, and the forces arrayed are significantly different in character and scale, the arenas of the north-east Atlantic and Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom have renewed significance again, both for Russia and the Alliance.
As NATO looks to adjust its maritime strategy, Professor Eric Grove considers whether, despite the differences, there are lessons for the Alliance from the 1980s and the forward maritime strategy adopted by the West to take on the Soviet Navy’s ‘bastion’ strategy of protecting its assets and countering NATO.
This event was chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS. It took place in the Council Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.
Prof. Eric Grove is a naval historian, commentator and maritime strategist. He was a lecturer at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and has taught in numerous universities including Cambridge, Hull, Salford, and Liverpool Hope. His books include Vanguard to Trident: British Naval Policy Since 1945 (1987); and Battle for the Fiords (1991), a first-hand analysis of United States and NATO forward maritime strategy at the end of the Cold War, seen through the prism of the last major NATO Teamwork exercise in 1988.
Nick Childs is responsible for the Institute's analysis of naval forces and maritime security, and for the data on sea power capabilities published in the flagship annual The Military Balance. It is also his job to formulate and deliver research projects in these areas, and contribute to other Institute publications and activities, including conferences and consultancy.