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37 In testimony before the Senate Committee on Naval Affairs, Rear Adm. Fullam argued “the Navy Department utterly neglects the future. It does not have a single 17:29 P1: 000 GGBD140C03 C9190/Mandeles 34 August 3, 2007 military transformation past and present long-range submarine fit to operate with the fleet. ”38 At the National Republican Club, Sims added a description of a battle between two fleets, one of sixteen battleships and four aircraft carriers and the other of twenty carriers, each with an equal complement of auxiliary ships: The airplanes of the battleship fleet would be swept out of the air.

Officers observing these tests argued that aircraft were the best defense against air attack, and that aircraft carriers were absolutely necessary. Air power proponents became ever more convinced of their own views. The lack of test realism did not give them pause. Instead, air power advocates aroused the press and public to discuss the issue of air power. S. Air Service, Scientific American, Army and Navy Journal, United States Naval Institute Proceedings, Sea Power, Outlook, Review of Reviews, Literary Digest, and World’s Work.

Together, these conditions made it next to impossible to derive useful answers to pressing tactical questions. For example, in criticizing the 1891 Leavenworth manuals, some officers worried about the difficulty of controlling troops in combat due to the physical distance between leaders in loose-order formations. But it seems that no maneuvers were proposed to examine and test this question about command and control of loose-order formations. 28 Such resistance is not surprising, as army leadership did not make it a priority to establish evidentiary standards and a fund of knowledge that related means to ends and tactics to outcomes, so that progress could be made in exercises to answer such questions.

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