The U.S. military's so-called Pacific pivot has the Navy taking a big gamble on a little vessel—the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Navy is betting the frigate-sized ship will provide just the right kind of presence without being overpowering as the U.S. struggles to boost its presence in the region without flexing too much muscle and infringing on the sovereignty of the Asian partners it wants to woo. In the Pacific, the Navy finds itself in a sea of contradictions. As the ...


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