The strong arm of the government in enforcing respect for its just rights in international matters is the Navy of the United States.—Roosevelt
NAVAL policy in its most comprehensive sense defines the mission of the Navy. It conforms in principle to the means of protecting the existing and traditional American policies. In this study it is my purpose to discuss naval policy as it stands today in official form; and also to touch upon certain international aspects of the position of the United States in the postwar world order in relation to the expressed declaration of the existing policy.
It is the duty of the naval officer to know the policy of his service. In fact, it is to be presumed that naval officers know more about it than any other class or profession. The officer personnel has been singularly free from the influence of party platforms and organized propaganda. Moreover, by virtue of devotion to service and pride in profession, its studies have been directed to the problems of the best defense of the United States with the material and personnel provided.