This paper discusses planning factors at the Navy Department as the U.S. approach to involvement in the First World War.
"History Every MOC Warfighter Should Know: The London Flagship, Estimate of the Situation for U.S. Navy Operations in a World at War,"
MOC Warfighter: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/moc-warfighter/vol1/iss5/7