The Navy Under Attack

Critics say its costly warships are vulnerable, its missions unclear

Richard Rodgers' Victory at Sea comes lilting over the loudspeakers as the men prepare for war. It is not real war−just a game−but the men are very serious as they take their places in the wide, two-story room. More than 100 of them, in dark-blue uniforms with the gold sleeve stripes of admirals, commanders and captains, move to the banks of computer terminals in the center of the room and along the sea-green walls.

They are in the Center for War Gaming of the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, R.I., and they are about to fight one of...

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