Naval War College Review


James A. Barber


There is a striking contrast between the concerns which dominate naval planning and force structure and those things we actually do with the fleet. For 30 years the specter of a major war with the Soviet Union has been the contingency that has dominated our planning; yet none of us, in careers filled with naval operations in support of national policy, has ever exchanged anything more lethal than gun salutes with a Soviet warship.