A short history of the Naval Postgraduate School
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The idea for a graduate education program for naval officers first emerged in the late 19th century but, initially, the concept found few advocates. With Marconi's invention of the "wireless" in 1901, the Wright brothers' flight in 1903, and the global trek of the steam-powered White Fleet from 1907-1909, belief that advanced education for U.S. naval officers could be intrinsically valuable to the Navy gained support...