On Naval Theory
Journal Article - Open Access
Naval War College Newport United States
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The value and critical importance of theory is generally either ignored or misunderstood by many naval officers. Too many of them believe that all what counts is practice. They are also contemptuous of theory because they overemphasize the importance of technology. They fail to appreciate that naval history, which is one of the main source of theory provides the most important guide to wise action.1 Like the Royal Navys officers prior to 1914 many naval officers believe that warfare is only based on common sense, rapid decision making, personality, and character.2 Another cause of the distrust is the apparent lack of knowledge and understanding of many officers what naval theory in general is and what is its real purpose.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics