Naval War College Review

United States Navy publication that discusses public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. Articles serve as a arena for new ideas, opinions, and information both academic and professionally.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter

A Concept of Service
OR THOSE OF YOU IN THE ARMED FORCES of the United States, you leave here at an exciting time from the perspective of your profession. There is more going on in the development of tactical concepts, in equipment modernization, in innovative training,...
A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides
Martin, Tyrone G. A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of Old Ironsides. Revised edition. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1997. 440pp. $35 In 1980, when the first version of this book appeared, reviewers called it the definitive study of...
An Address
THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE from the Naval War College are completing a profitable year. Under Admiral [Bernard L.] Austin's [President of the Naval War College,July 1960-July 1964] wise counsel and well-known insistence on academic freedom...
Bluewater Sailor: The Memoirs of a Destroyer Officer
Sheppard, Don. Bluewater Sailor: The Memoirs ofa Destroyer Officer. Novato, Calif: Presidio, 1996. 334pp. $24 Bluewater Sailor presents a warm and personal story ofa mustang (ex-enlisted) junior officer aboard USS Henshaw, a fictitious Sumner-Gearing...
Convocation Address
WELCOME TO DISTINGUISHED GUESTS AND FAMILIES. Today we extend a warm welcome to the students of the 89th session of the Naval War College. You are now the newest matriculants in the oldest naval war college in the world. In the Naval Warfare Course you...
Dark Eagles: A History of Top Secret U.S. Aircraft Programs
Peebles, Curtis. Dark Eagles: A History of Top Secret U.S. Aircraft Programs. Novato, Calif: Presidio, 1995. 344pp. $17.95 Through extensive research from a variety of sources, Curtis Peebles gives the reader a fascinating and informative look into the...
Experiences as a POW in Vietnam
AST FEBRUARY, WHEN I FIRST TOUCHED FOOT on American soil, I 'was asked to make a few remarks on behalf of the ex-POWs who were embarked in the airplane with me. An ancient verse came to mind that best summarized my relief at dropping the mantle of leadership...
How Will History Judge Us?
TO BEGIN BY WAY OF PARENTHESIS, I should tell you that when[Vice] Admiral [Julian] LeBourgeois [President 1974-1977] invited me to give the Spruance Lecture, I had to tell him that the 14th century in which I have been absorbed for the past four years...
In My View
The Laws of War Sir: In a generous review of The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World (1994, paper 1997; see Naval War College Review, Summer 1997, pp. 128ff, esp. p. 129), Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schmitt gave me too much credit....
Logistical Planning for War
LOGISTICAL PLANNING FOR WAR IS a vast effort involving the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Security Resources Board, the Munitions Board, the Research and Development Board, the Chief of Naval Operations' strategic and logistical planners, the bureaus, the...
Missions of the U.S. Navy
OBSERVERS OF MILITARY AFFAIRS WILL HAVE NOTED a changed naval lexicon over the past several years. To those accustomed to phrases such as "sea power," "command of the seas," "commerce warfare," and "amphibious warfare," the new terms "strategic deterrence,"...
Nuclear Designs: Great Britain, France and China in the Global Governance of Nuclear Arms
Larkin, Bruce D. Nuclear Designs: Great Britain, France and China in the Global Governance of Nuclear Arms. New Brunswick, NJ., and London: Transaction, 1996. 354pp. $34.95 The most salient feature of nuclear weapons is their singularity. I.I. Rabi,...
President's Notes
"What one finds on the pages of the Review is a glimpse of the intellectual vitality of the College: critical issues being carefully examined and freely debated by well qualified individuals from many backgrounds. " HIS ISSUE MARKS THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY...
Realism in International Politics
THE PROBLEM OF "REALISM IN FOREIGN POLICY" is a special manifestation of a general philosophic and intellectual problem which has been with us almost since the beginning of Western civilization. There are two fundamental attitudes that a man can take...
Sadness and Hope: Some Thoughts on Modern Warfare
HIS IS MY SECOND SPRUANCE LECTURE. Should I be flattered? I hope I did such a hell of a job seven years ago that I've been called back for an encore-though a wicked whisper suggests that possibly I said so lamentably little last time that nobody remembers...
Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s
Bolger, Daniel P. Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s. Novato, Calif: Presidio, 1995. 420pp. $24.95 With the ascendance of the United Nations in the aftermath of the Cold War, Daniel P. Bolger's Savage Peace is a timely work, addressing the evolution...
Strategy as an Art and a Science
HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK on the subject of Strategy as an Art and a Science, and it is perhaps a measure of my eagerness to return to these halls that I have accepted this assignment. It is effrontery enough that I, a civilian, should talk to this professional...
The Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture
INTRODUCTION: VICE ADMIRAL JAMES B. STOCKDALE Under Secretary [of the Navy R James] Woolsey, ladies and gentlemen: My interest in the political history of the Vietnam years is intense and tightly focused. It centers on the variations in our national...
The Hundred Year Growing Pain: Opposition and Opportunity
The proposition to erect the institution now known as the Naval War College was not received with favor by the naval profession. It was said to be chimerical, impracticable, and wholly uncalled for. Moreover there was no precedent for such a thing to...
The Role of the Press
BEFORE THE DISCUSSION PHASE OF THIS PANEL BEGINS, I would like to express a few general thoughts I have about the role of the press in our society, what role the press is playing now, and what sort of role, ideally speaking, it ought to be playing. Whenever...
The Theory and Practice of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
IF WE LOOK AT THE 20TH CENTURY ALONE we are now in Viet-Nam faced with the forty-eighth "small war." Let me just cite a few: Algeria, Angola, Arabia, Burma, Cameroons, China, Colombia, Cuba, East Germany, France, Haiti, Hungary, Indochina, Indonesia,...
"This Is Your Ticket to Compete"
THIRTY FIVE YEARS AGO, right after World War II, the Naval War College went through one of those soul-searching examinations-the kind [that] people and institutions go through after cataclysmic events. Before World War II the War College's purpose was...
Thoughts on Naval Strategy, World War II
THE INITIAL STRATEGIC DECISION WHICH dictated our course in this war was adopted by the secret conference at Washington in March 1941 between the British and American Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rear Admirals [R.L.] Ghormley and [Richmond] Kelly Turner, and...