The Navy urgently needs to refocus on less tangible but more critical aspects of naval warfare.
Traditionally, navies put more emphasis on materiel than do armies. This is because naval warfare revolves largely around platforms and their weapons and sensors. Superior technology is only one among several other critical factors for the successful conduct of war at sea; by itself, it has never been sufficient to fight a relatively strong and skillful opponent. Yet the U.S. Navy has become almost exclusively focused on the value and importance of advanced technologies.