Naval War College Review

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From the Editors


Pelham G. Boyer


There is a powerful undercurrent of thought throughout our defense establish- ment that doubts the value of the study of history for addressing today’s security challenges. It is sometimes said—and more commonly assumed—that the pace of technological development in this new age of networked communications and precision targeting is rapidly rendering obsolete the lessons of past international conflicts. In remarks delivered to the Naval War College’s Twentieth International Seapower Symposium on 20 October 2011 as the inaugural Hattendorf Prize Lecture, the distinguished British naval historian N. A. M. Rodger defends the study of history by military professionals and contemporary statesmen.