Does The Navy Need A Naval Reserve Force?
By Lieutenant Commander H. R. Bogusch, U. S. Navy
The United States has no reason to believe that in the unfortunate event of another armed clash it will have command of the sea without fighting hard at the very inception of hostilities. Notwithstanding the provisions contained in the recent limitation of armament conference, the following words uttered by Theodore Roosevelt on December 3, 1901, hold as true today as they did over twenty-one years ago.
“The American people must either build and maintain an adequate Navy or else make up their minds definitely to accept a secondary position in international affairs, not merely in political but in commercial matters. It has been well said that there is no surer way of courting national disaster than to be opulent, aggressive, and unarmed.”