(See B. Tillman, pp. 16-21, June 2009 Proceedings)
Captain Thomas A. Davis, U.S. Navy (Retired)—I read Barrett Tillman's article and couldn't decide if I should laugh or cry. My first reaction was to wonder who Tillman was, then, having written 50 books, how on earth he could write an article on naval strategy and not mention Alfred Thayer Mahan even once; not even in the notes! Mahan and many others have exhaustively addressed the questions and issues that Tillman raises, such as the need for a peacetime and wartime Navy, in addition to associated political and economic issues. I find that anyone who believes that the only beneficial expenditure of national wealth on a navy is its use in combat is fundamentally confused as to the need and use of military forces of the United States. The concluding question, "Why do we still have such a big navy when we hardly ever use it?" is simplistic and uninformed and, like the author of the article, can be ignored as such.