As in warfare, success in football is largely determined by strategy, so coaches often try to adapt military strategies to defeat their adversaries. They are constantly on the lookout for innovative concepts. During the early days of the game, this approach actually conferred an advantage on those who best understood military theory, so service academies once dominated the gridiron. Indeed, the man generally regarded as the greatest football coach of all time, Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers, learned his trade as an assistant coach at West Point.
While the similarities between Army maneuver warfare on a battlefield and the clash of football teams on a gridiron are obvious, it is the comparison of football and naval offensive strategies that may provide the more interesting insights into the question of what’s next for the U.S. joint force.