Conception of more serious problems of national defense than those facing the United States for the past fifteen months and for the immediate future is difficult. Yet, if history follows what has been its accustomed course in dealing with this country, the real hazards remain in the offing, treacherous in their implications and more insidious than any active enemy threats of the hour.
Presently we are a nation aroused. Presently our Navy, our Army, and the air forces of each are getting the attention, the co-operation, and support of the common effort of a people. As such things go, our defenses seem well on the road toward what ought always to be their reality, but at just such a time we should also be poignantly aware of those temptations which are sure to come; of dangers which lead to decay, dissolution, and disarmament.