The maritime domain is becoming more complex, competitive, and congested. Emerging and re-emerging naval powers such as China and Russia pose increasing challenges to the established maritime order and traditional maritime nations, like the United States and the main naval powers of Europe. Enduring and evolving non-state threats, and the development and proliferation of potentially game-changing technologies, add further complications. Creating the right strategy, plans, concepts and capabilities in response is a challenge for political as well as naval leaderships.
Dr Chris Parry considered these challenges, but also the opportunities for maritime strategy, in the context of the renewed focus on the strategic significance of maritime power.
Dr Chris Parry served as a seaman officer in the Royal Navy from 1972 to 2008, rising to the rank of rear admiral. His senior appointments included MoD Director of Operational Capability, Commander Amphibious Task Group, and Director-General of MoD Development, Doctrine, and Concepts. Since 2008, he has been a prominent commentator on and analyst of strategic and maritime affairs. He is the author of the influential study Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century and Down South, a diary of his operational experience in the 1982 Falklands War and the significant lessons of that campaign. He has a PhD from the University of Reading and is a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.
This event was chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS. It took place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.
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.