History is important because it gives us a perspective from which to view our own concerns and problems which are frequently similar to those of other times. The naval profession faced similar problems in the two periods 1870-1890 and 1950-1970. In both periods the Navy had to develop a rational policy for the employment of the fleet as well as the means to make the fleet effective.
Allin, Lawrence C.
"The Naval Profession: Challenge and Response 1870-1890 and 1950-1970,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 29
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol29/iss2/7