The architects of the naval transformation in progress today could learn much by studying a similar transformation of a century ago in Great Britain. Its chief orchestrator was First Sea Lord Admiral John Fisher.
Today's ongoing naval transformation in the United States bears remarkable resemblance to that of the Royal Navy 100 years ago. Both eras are marked by rapid technological change, global economies, and great uncertainty. Like Great Britain at the zenith of the Industrial Revolution, the United States faces challenges in the Information Age.1 Like British Strategy, the U.S. strategy must balance competing demands to secure its homeland and refashion its military to secure its interests far from its own shores.