Alfred T. Mahan
WHO S/HE WAS:
Alfred T. Mahan was a U.S. Navy admiral, historian, and military advisor to President McKinley. Mahon has been called “the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century.
WHAT S/HE SAID:
Organized force alone enables the quiet and the weak to go about their business and to sleep securely in their beds, safe from the violent without or within.
WHY S/HE MATTERED:
Mahan’s ideas on the importance of sea power influenced navies around the world, and helped prompt naval buildups before World War I. His concept of "sea power" was based on the idea that countries with greater naval power would have greater worldwide impact. This was most famously presented in his book, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783, published in 1890.