Joseph Carrigan, a commander in the U.S. Navy, graduated with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in June. He will assume command of USS Russell (DDG 59), an Aegis destroyer home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in April 2011. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Navy or the Department of Defense.
The rapid modernization of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) relative to the traditional maritime powers raises profound questions concerning the naval dimension of the regional balance of power in