In a recent issue of Fortune appeared the statement that “Practically no modern weapon has been accepted except over the dead bodies of military men. As recently as 1939, for instance, an able, scholarly Navy research report found FM radio interesting but of doubtful value. FM is now an important part of military communications.” The accompanying discussion offered as one explanation the “essentially conservative nature of war, which must be accepted as a controlling factor.”
There is a challenge in this thought. Do the facts support the generalization? If they do, is the “conservative nature of war” a justification of the “dead bodies,” or is our house in need of overhauling? More than anyone else, the Navy wants to know.