Naval strength cannot remain static if it is to retain strength. This is true of material. It is equally true of dispositions. To maintain a Navy, it is necessary to improve its implements as constantly as possible. It also is necessary to station its forces where they can exert maximum pressure for peace and, once the die is cast, the utmost energy in war.
There should be no excuse for a critical relapse of naval development in the United States after the present war. A nation which can afford to bring out yearly new models of 1,000,000 or more automobiles ought to have the price of a new-model bomber every two years and a new battleship every three. It should be worth it to the motorists, alone, to avoid World War 111 gasoline rationing.