This unrealistic summer exercise scenario was designed to embarrass the Secretary of the Navy and force the Wilson administration to expand the Navy, illuminating three aspects of the service on the cusp of America’s entry into war: a rupture in civil-military relations, the use to which the Navy put its German counterpart, and Navy leaders’ assessment of the service after two decades of naval buildup.
"“An Object Lesson to the Country”—The 1915 Atlantic Fleet Summer Exercise and the U.S. Navy on the Eve of World War I,"
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