Accession Number : ADA524799


Title :   Naval Innovation: From Coal to Oil


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Dahl, Erik J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a524799.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : Technology is often cited as a key aspect of the revolution in military affairs and a decisive factor in military operations today. A study of the transition by the Royal Navy from coal to oil, stimulated by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir John (Jacky) Fisher, reveals a more complex story. Although technological change was a great success--every navy soon switched to oil--it did not constitute a strategic advance for Britain. It was an achievement that represented a grave risk to a nation which possessed large coal reserves but no oil. This example suggests how technological innovations alone do not spark a revolution in military affairs.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , REPRINTS , COAL , MILITARY PLANNING , PETROLEUM PRODUCTS , MILITARY OPERATIONS


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE