This course will present evidence as to why the US must have a presence in the Indian Ocean during the second decade of the twenty-first century. The presence of our Navy is critical for our national interest and defense, as well as maintaining stability in a region where China and India may rise to super power status. The Indian Ocean, the third largest and warmest, is surrounded by 37 nations and is unfamiliar to many Americans. The strategic significance of three straits, major petroleum deposits in the South China Sea, rich uranium ore in Burma, and religious conflicts in this area will be examined. William Keppler earned his BSci degree in
zoology, botany and chemistry; MA in biological sciences; and PhD in genetics. His is a graduate of The National War College, Washington, D.C. 2 sessions.