Prize Essay, 1929
War is won by holding on or driving off, not by successful running away.—Mahan
Many changes have taken place since our existing battleships were designed. Not only have our pre-war ideas of the value of speed faced the test of actual battle, but we have had time to find and digest the facts concerning these engagements. The lessons to be drawn, although startling, lost most of their effect due to the slowness with which the truth appeared. Furthermore, the situation has been altered by the advent of new weapons and the improvement of old ones, by the Washington treaty, and by actually testing the protection of one of our latest ships, the incomplete Washington. It is only by a careful examination of the entire problem that one realizes how much it has been changed. This subject is again of interest since in less than three years, we resume the building of battleships. In the following Paragraphs, an earnest effort is made to avoid preconceived ideas and to view conditions as they actually exist today.
THE PRESENT VALUE OF SPEED