Accession Number : ADA619476


Title :   U.S. Navy: A History of Stagnation and Innovation


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Coyle, Benjiman D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a619476.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 97


Abstract : This thesis examines four periods of the U.S. Navy s history, each following a major conflict that perpetuated a decline in institutional and strategic focus, and then ending in a rebirth of innovation. The object is to place the events drove the Navy toward stagnation into historical context and identify similarities between the cycles of stagnation and innovation. The central questions this thesis seeks to answer are: (1) Do shrinking budgets and austerity perpetuate stagnation? (2) What are the similarities and differences between each of the cycles on a macro level? (3) What are the drivers for stagnation and innovation in the Navy? This thesis concludes that a cycle does indeed exist and that circumstances being equal several similarities reoccur time and time again. The thesis also proposes that although it is probable that the will Navy repeat these cycles in the future, that they may be mitigated using proper lessons of the past.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *NAVY , LESSONS LEARNED , NAVAL BUDGETS , THESES


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE