Naval War College Review

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Six decades after the spectacular American victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy’s First Air Fleet, the reasons behind the U.S. Navy’s success at the battle of Midway are still not fully understood. Though the details of this famous battle continue to be argued in the pages of scholarly jour- nals, the critical role of doctrine has not been properly analyzed.1 Yet it was better doctrine that ultimately led to the American victory once the forces were engaged, a victory that changed the course of war in the Pacific.