The Third Offset Strategy must close the growing gap between U.S. sailors and modern technology. Technology is evolving too rapidly for the Navy’s policies and procedures to keep up.
In 2005 a pair of underdogs from the United States shocked the chess world with a world championship tournament win. The tournament was for “freestyle” chess—a variation that allows human chess players to exploit computer assistance. The U.S. players used only their home computers to dominate the amateur bracket and to go on to defeat teams of grandmasters who were using specialized chess computers. Garry Kasparov, the Russian former world champion, summarized his thoughts on the matter—now known as “Kasparov’s Law,”—“A weak human plus machine plus better process is superior to a strong human plus machine plus inferior process.”1