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From Fleet Exercise to Fast Carrier Task Force: The Development of Multicarrier Formations

Contents: The Bureau of Aviation and Pre-war Developments The UK and Japan: Influence on the US and Alternative Approaches to Carrier Formations Doctrine Applied and Early Wartime Lessons: 1941-1943 PAC 10 and the Fast Carriers Task Force 58 and the … Continue reading

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The Treatment of Survivors and Prisoners of War, at Sea and Ashore

Contents: Background Sinking and Capture USNOB Argentia Boston “Fiery Furnace” at Fort Hunt Reunion Dr. Philip K Lundeberg Curator Emeritus of Naval History, Smithsonian Institution Background On the eve of POW/MIA remembrance day, we may seek deeper understanding by beginning … Continue reading

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History of the Navy Laboratory System

Contents: Development of the Bureaus Changing the Organization The Director of Navy Laboratories (DNL) Changing the Processes Decline of the DNL References Robert V. Gates, Ph.D. U.S. Naval War College Abstract: The role of the federal government in science and … Continue reading

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The First Naval War College Plan Against Spain by Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Stockton

Contents: Introduction The Historical Setting Stockton’s West Indies’ Strategy and the War Plan The Legacy of the Stockton War Plan Endnotes Kenneth C. Wenzer 1 Naval History and Heritage Command Introduction In a message to Congress on March 8, 1880 … Continue reading

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A Navy of Foreigners, Mercenaries, and Amateurs: Naval Enlistment in the Spanish-American War

Contents: The State of the Navy Encouraging Enlistment Naval Militias Conclusion Daniel Roberts Naval History and Heritage Command In April of 1898, the former Spanish Minister of Marine José María Beránger y Ruiz de Apodaca was confident that the Spanish … Continue reading

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Alfred and Theodore Go to Hawai’i: The Value of Hawai’i in the Maritime Strategic Thought of Alfred Thayer Mahan

Contents: Introduction Mahanian Maritime Theory Pertaining to the Value of Hawai’i (1892-1895) Theodore Roosevelt and Domestic Perceptions of the Annexation of Hawai’i – The Short Story Conclusion Bibliography By Ambjörn L. Adomeit 1 Candidate (Civilian), Master of Arts in War … Continue reading

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The Australian Experience of Joint and Combined Operations: Borneo 1945

Contents: Australians and Coalition Warfare during World War II Command Preparing for the OBOE Operations Australian Organization and Structure OBOE I: Tarakan OBOE VI: Brunei Bay and Labuan OBOE II: Balikpapan Action at Balikpapan Lessons Learned and Lessons Missed Gregory … Continue reading

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Water Scarcity, Conflict, and the U.S. Navy

Contents: Historical Precedent Scope of the Problem Yemen: A Case Study Prescription A Role for the Navy Appendix A: Maps Bibliography Christian Perkins 55th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference Domestic Category Prize Winner Historical Precedent Since its inception, the … Continue reading

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The Essence of Intelligence Work is Preparation for War: How “Strategy” Infiltrated the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1882-1889

Contents: “Little More than an Armored Target” The Strategical Awakening Early Developments in U.S. Naval Intelligence The Establishment of ONI ONI’s Strategical Mission Conclusions Scott Mobley University of Wisconsin—Madison “Little More than an Armored Target” Standing on a bridge wing … Continue reading

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Eyes of the Ospreys: An Analysis of RAF Coastal Command’s Operational Research Section in Counter-U-Boat Operations

Contents: Background on the Situation Courses of Action Taken Analysis of Results and Consequences Bibliography Timothy A. Walton Independent Scholar In his declaration of war, President Woodrow Wilson protested: “German submarine warfare against commerce is a warfare against mankind.” 1 … Continue reading

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Repair Work and Naval Musical Chairs: Conflict and Cooperation in Anglo-American Naval Relations in 1941

Contents: Background: Infrastructure Changes Early Discussions on Anglo-American Pacific Policy Pacific Policy Differences ABC-1 Talks The Repair Requests The Rest of the Story Conclusion Corbin Williamson Ohio State University David Reynolds has described the years 1940 and 1941 as the … Continue reading

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“Every ship in the Fleet must be Eused like men”: The Royal Navy Mutinies in Simon’s and Table Bay, 1797

Contents: Introduction A Breeze at Simon’s Bay The Little Nore The Forecastle culture and the Tripartite Sailor The Sailor in His Own Words Conclusion Bibliography Allison Funk Independent Researcher Introduction 1 In the wake of the vast multi-ship mutinies of England’s … Continue reading

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USS Kirk: Leadership Amidst Chaos, A Legacy of Survival

Abigail Wiest Sacred Heart Catholic School Hattiesburg, MS I chose my topic of the U.S.S. Kirk because I had a deep interest in the fall of Saigon.  I had heard about this topic in class, and it instantly grabbed my attention. … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: The Yangtze River Patrol Collection

John Sanders Special Collections & Archives Dudley Knox Library Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California Wednesday, April 26, 1911: “Got into tail of typhoon about 5 a.m. Sea roughest experienced yet. Lucky we are heading into it. Eased up a bit … Continue reading

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Giving Teeth to the Carter Doctrine: The Marine Corps Makes the Case for its Strategic Relevance, 1977-1981

  “…the Marine Corps is in serious trouble…The brutal truth is that a growing number of defense analysts regard the Marine Corps as an under-gunned, slow-moving monument to a bygone era in warfare.” 1 – William Lind and Jeffrey Record, … Continue reading

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