Lieutenant Dewar's contributions are altogether good. What they may lack in literary form they make up in substance. At best the total output on the subject of naval tactics, when boiled down to form a text-book for students, consists of a few tactical axioms and a mass of general and sweeping statements, deduced from very hazy data, by earnestly inclined officers, who cannot, through the nature of things, deal more than with theories. There is, however, a lot of data that can be obtained by battle practice which will go far towards insuring success in fleet actions if intelligently applied. Often those who scoff most at tactical essays, as being mere theory, profit most by the text. One need not have either much rank or much experience to think and see clearly, and the subject of the value of speed, in its relation to other qualities in ship design, is one about which there has been much loose writing and reasoning.
Lieutenant Dewar's Papers on "Speed in Naval Tactics" and "Speed in Battleship Strategy"
By Commander A. P. Niblack, U.S. Navy