Address by Rear Admiral Wm. S. Sims, U.S.N., President U.S. Naval War College,
19 November, 1921
To the Graduating Class of 1921
In bidding good-bye to the members of the class of 1921, at the termination, of their course of one year at the Naval War College, it has occurred to me that it may be of some interest to invite their consideration of a subject to which too little attention has heretofore been paid, namely, that type and degree of military conservatism which has so often been responsible for defeat in battle, and sometimes for national disaster.
Ever since men first began to use weapons to fight each other, military men have been reproached for excessive conservatism, a polite term often intended to imply a dangerous class reluctance to accept new ideas.