Naval War College Review


J.R. Stark


Luce and Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote within the pages of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings that a place was needed in which naval officers could study the higher aspects of their profession. The need for such study was being driven by the increasingly complex nature of naval warfare as the service embraced such technologies as steam power, long-range weapons, and wireless communications. Luce and Mahan advocated the establishment of a "college of naval war," and in 1884 their dream was realized when our institution first opened its doors on the shores of Narragansett Bay.