To help celebrate 125 years as the sea services’ "premier forum for thoughtful dialogue,” the Naval Institute asked some of its members and readers to answer the question: What does the Naval Institute mean to you as a person and/or to the military profession? Throughout the anniversary year, we will publish some of these testimonials that we have been delighted to receive.
Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired)
Tasked by the Army Chief of Staff to write a teaching text for the Army War College on what went wrong in Vietnam, my attention was called to an article, "The Role of Doctrine in Naval Warfare," in the March-April 1915 Proceedings, by Lieutenant Commander (later Commodore) Dudley Knox. Written before America's entry into World War I, it nevertheless shed powerful light on the fundamental doctrinal errors that led to grief a half century later in Vietnam.