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U.S. Navy: a history of stagnation and innovation

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Authors
Coyle, Benjiman D.
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Navy
Strategy
History
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Abenheim, Don
Date of Issue
2014-09
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Sep-14
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis examines four periods of the U.S.Navy's history, each following a major conflict that perpetuated a decline in institutional and strategic focus, and then ending in a rebirth of innovation. The object is to place the events drove the Navy toward stagnation into historical context and identify similarities between the cycles of stagnation and innovation. The central questions this thesis seeks to answer are: (1) Do shrinking budgets and austerity perpetuate stagnation? (2) What are the similarities and differences between each of the cycles on a macro level? (3) What are the drivers for stagnation and innovation in the Navy? This thesis concludes that a cycle does indeed exist and that circumstances being equal several similarities reoccur time and time again. The thesis also proposes that although it is probable that the will Navy repeat these cycles in the future, that they may be mitigated using proper lessons of the past.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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