A great navy cannot be built, nor a sagging one revived, until naval officers of independent judgment and stubborn confidence are ready to rail from the Pentagon rooftops against all that they know to be wrong.
Like a sailing ship in inconstant weather, a troubled U. S. Navy is looking for fair and steady winds. It is a strange time. To many a concerned naval officer, contemplating the relentless hostility of nations whose dominion is over a considerable part of the globe, current mass decommissionings of ships and aircraft are like a fantasy. We are told of a “smaller, but better, Navy” and we repeat it, but without conviction.