In a relatively short time, the Navy will become smaller in size and, technically speaking, more sophisticated, at a rate limited only by the amount of new construction. The resulting compact, modern Navy must be led by officers and enlisted men who, first and foremost, are qualified in the art of naval warfare—otherwise, the accrued technical improvements will have been for nought.
Secretary of the Navy John H. Chafee has stated: “It is apparent that we will not receive the funds to support a Navy as large as it has been in the past. The choice, therefore, is between quality and quantity, and we have chosen quality.” Certainly the quality of the leadership in any organization is a prime factor in the success of that organization. Therefore, let us examine the policies and programs that are used to develop the art of naval warfare in officers. Then we can propose some changes which should be made to meet the new needs.