More than anyone else, Commodore Stephen Bleecker Luce is to be credited for this important step in the development of the naval profession and the rise of American naval power. After a long and distinguished naval career spanning some forty years of active service, Luce was appalled by America's naval weakness in the era following the Civil War known as the "Dark Ages" of the US Navy.
"The Giants of the Naval War College,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 37
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol37/iss5/7