Despite increasingly more sophisticated naval weaponry and the greater use of automation in military systems, we remain heavily dependent upon competent human assets to facilitate combat operations. History has repeatedly demonstrated, however, that the human costs of naval warfare can be substantial! The saving of lives in close support of combat can thus contribute significantly to a navy's effectiveness.
Smith, Arthur M.
"Can We Effectively Control Human Costs during War at Sea?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 45
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol45/iss1/2