Naval War College Review


The Navy has had a remarkable and pro- ductive group of in-house research and development laboratories. Sadly, with the drawdowns of the post–Cold War era, many have been closed, among them the “White Oak Laboratory”—the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak, Maryland. WOL, as it was popularly known, gave the Navy a tremendous leg- acy of technology, weapons, and people. Fortunately, that legacy has been pre- served by William Anspacher, Betty Gay, Donald Marlowe, Paul Morgan, and Samuel Raff in this richly detailed ac- count of the laboratory’s history.