By Steven T. Ross

by way of the shut of the nineteenth century, the U.S. was once now not a continental energy, yet had turn into a country with pursuits that spanned the globe from the Caribbean to China. for this reason, the rustic confronted a brand new set of strategic issues, starting from implementing the Monroe Doctrine to protecting the Philippines.
As as a result of the the U.S.' new geostrategic atmosphere, the armed companies needed to determine a procedure for the production of warfare plans to safeguard the country's pursuits opposed to attainable overseas aggression. A Joint military and military Board, validated in 1903, ordered the construction of battle plans to accommodate genuine and power threats to American safety. each one significant kingdom was once assigned a color: Germany was once Black, nice Britain pink, Japan Orange, Mexico eco-friendly and China Yellow. battle plans have been then devised in case Washington made up our minds to exploit strength opposed to those or different powers.

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