Traditionally, navies put more emphasis on materiel than do armies. This is because naval warfare revolves largely around platforms and their weapons and sensors. Superior technology is only one among several other critical factors for the successful conduct of war at sea; by itself, it has never been sufficient to fight a relatively strong and skillful opponent. Yet the U.S. Navy has become almost exclusively focused on the value and importance of advanced technologies.
This nearly obsessive reliance is the main reason for the lack of a balanced battle force, coherent naval theory and sound doctrine for the operational level of war, and the steady erosion of the importance afforded the human factor in naval warfare. Management and business models are more highly valued than are leadership and warfighting.