In his classic review of modern strategic thinkers, Peter Paret wrote that successful strategic thought "is inevitably highly pragmatic." This fact gives the history of strategy its unique rhythm of alternating success and failure. The innovations of one generation decline into the dogma of the next. The insights that assure success in one era become the blinders that bring failure a generation later.
"Successful Naval Strategy in the Pacific: How We Are Achieving It. How We Can Afford It,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 40
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol40/iss1/4