Naval War College Review


Petroleum consumption in the world has doubled during the 1 %O's and is likely to double again in the period from 1970-1980. To meet these projected demands, nations will increasingly tum toward the last largely untapped reservoirs of oil and gas, the oceans. In the United States-the major oil producer among the large non­Communist industrial countries-new additions to proved onshore reserves are no longer the result of newly discovered fields but are instead caused by improved recovery techniques for already producing wells.