The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Tactics

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Published:January 15, 2015

In the U.S. Navy, “Wheel Books” were once found in the uniform pockets of every junior and many senior petty officers. Each small notebook was unique to the Sailor carrying it, but all had in common a collection of data and wisdom that the individual deemed useful in the effective execution of his or her duties. Often used as a substitute for experience among neophytes and as a portable library of reference information for more experienced personnel, those weathered pages contained everything from the time of the next tide, to leadership hints from a respected chief petty officer, to the color coding of the phone-and-distance line used in underway replenishments.

In that same tradition, the new Naval Institute Wheel Books will provide supplemental information, pragmatic advice, and cogent analysis on topics important to all naval professionals. Drawn from the U.S. Naval Institute’s vast archives, the series will combine articles from the Institute’s flagship publication Proceedings, selections from the oral history collection and from Naval Institute Press books to create uniqueguides on a wide array of fundamental professional subjects.

Naval tactics were described by Vice Adm. A.K. Cebrowski, a brilliant thinker on the subject of naval warfare, as “the sum of the art and science of the actual application of combat power.” Renowned naval tactician Capt. Wayne Hughes called the study of naval tactics as striving “to bring whatever order and understanding is possible out of the chaos of battle.” With those words of wisdom serving as the “commander’s intent,” this collection sheds a bright light on this sometimes dark and mysterious but unquestionably essential realm, illuminating the principles and concepts of tactics that serve the warrior at the most critical moments.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Strategy, Tactics, Operations
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (January 15, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1612518052
  • ISBN-13: 9781612518053
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 8.06 oz
  • "The book’s value lies in its highly readable text and the exposure it provides to the reader for subsequent study. It is recommended for the military historian and serving naval officer, but parts, especially those focused on logistics and training, speak to anybody involved in the Canadian military industrial complex."—Starshell, Naval Association of Canada

Capt. Wayne P. Hughes Jr., USN (Ret.) is professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Operations and Information Sciences of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Author of Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat Second Edition, as well as numerous articles, he is renowned as one of the foremost authorities on naval tactics.

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