Naval War College Review




"[There] has been a tendency on the part of some staff people to use systems analysis as a cover for what is really subjective judgment .... I am determined not to let what is essentially a helpful tool, and systems analysis can be a helpful tool, become the overriding force in driving decisions, particularly in the dark."-The Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, Keynote Address of the Naval War College Current Strategy Forum, 27 March 1978. What is this helpful tool? What may we ask of it? What must we not ask of it?