We can say, in fact, that the importance of amphibious warfare as an integral part of naval power will increase with the years because the need for bases will increase . . . naval power will be even more necessary than now to the defense of our country and the initiation of offensive efforts, and the organic ability of naval power to seize and hold advance bases will also increase in importance.
—Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Cushman, Jr., USMC Proceedings, March 1948
The limitations of military prophesy are clearly revealed in this case by a quarter century of experience and hindsight.