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By Steven T. Ross

by means of the shut of the nineteenth century, the us used to be now not a continental energy, yet had turn into a country with pursuits that spanned the globe from the Caribbean to China. hence, the rustic confronted a brand new set of strategic issues, starting from implementing the Monroe Doctrine to protecting the Philippines.
As as a result the us' new geostrategic atmosphere, the armed companies needed to determine a procedure for the construction of conflict plans to safeguard the country's pursuits opposed to attainable overseas aggression. A Joint military and military Board, verified in 1903, ordered the construction of struggle plans to house genuine and power threats to American safeguard. every one significant kingdom was once assigned a color: Germany was once Black, nice Britain pink, Japan Orange, Mexico eco-friendly and China Yellow. warfare plans have been then devised in case Washington determined to take advantage of strength opposed to those or different powers.

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