Education: Scholars Ahoy

In its 174 years, the U.S. Navy has turned out plenty of fighting admirals but only one great scholar, 19th Century Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan. His Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 (1890) was not only the nearest thing the Navy had ever had to a formal philosophy of naval power, it also won friends & influenced people in favor of a mighty U.S. fleet. Last week the U.S. Navy, which thinks it could use more friends, revealed that it was looking for some new Mahans.

Details came from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. As soon as funds are available,...

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