Successful organizations can be extraordinarily persistent and creative in denying the obvious, ignoring signals that suggest a need to challenge key strategic assumptions. The U.S. military has been the world’s unrivaled force for twenty-five years, even lacking a peer competitor in some domains naval operations, for example since 1943. A danger of such sustained success is that the military might come to view these strategic assumptions not as ideas requiring continual reassessment but as enduring laws.
Hill, Andrew and Gerras, Stephen
"Systems of Denial: Strategic Resistance to Military Innovation,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 69
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol69/iss1/7