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US Navy - a force for "Globalisation"?

It is, according to CNAS's Robert Kaplan in the Financial Times:

...A world without US naval and air dominance will be one where powers such as China, Russia, India, Japan and others act more aggressively towards each other than they do now, because they will all be far more insecure than they are now. Even China and Russia take advantage of secure sea lanes partly provided by the US...

We have been handing off way too much resources, access, and influence to the Chinese and now the Russians are re-emerging (nice Reset there Madame Secretary).  We need a strong defense as well as a strong economy...