The worldwide proliferation of advanced submarine technology is threatening the undersea superiority of US forces. Engineering should not be overemphasized at the expense of submarine warfare tactics.
An exasperated lieutenant plops his weary frame onto a ratty, old office chair. He slouches and sighs aloud, his glazed eyes looking nowhere in particular.
A fellow submarine school instructor notices that his colleague is acutely frustrated—an unusual emotion for shore duty. He asks guardedly, "What's wrong buddy? Bad attack center?"
"You can't imagine how ugly it was. I put the class up against an easy, old, loud nuke sub and they screwed it up—got sunk. It was a fiasco. "
The listening lieutenant has struggled with this problem before himself and offers consolation.
"Well, you can't expect a bunch of ensigns who have never set foot on a boat to fight an attack center without modest amounts of chaos."
"These weren't ensigns! They were department-head students! They're going back to sea in two months!"