The late Colonel John Boyd, who knew a thing or two about strategic thought, was fond of declaring that excellence in warfare and other human endeavors depended on people, ideas, and hardware—in that order.1 We postulate that Japan has lost sight of this commonsense axiom, allowing strategic thought to atrophy.
Yoshihara, Toshi and Holmes, James R.
"Japanese Maritime Thought: If Not Mahan, Who?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 59
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol59/iss3/4