Naval War College Review


L.F. Brooks


Introduction. This article investigates the collective professional concerns of naval officers as reflected in their professional journal during a 5-year period in the late 1960s, a period when the Navy's present leaders were in mid-­career. The research arose from a desire to test several interrelated preconceptions. The most significant of these is that the Navy has, as one author notes, "proven fundamentally incapable of conceptualizing the value of naval forces in terms that carry conviction within the administration or even in the public."