Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

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Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

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In this latest book, Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars, O’Hara has teamed up with Leonard Heinz, an experienced designer of wargames and simulations with emphasis on tactical naval problems. The authors set themselves a bold purpose, to examine six technologies (two weapons, two tools, and two platforms), chart their influence on naval warfare, and provide "new perspectives and insights" into how technological innovation develops and progresses. Each such chapter is structured similarly, presenting to readers information on and discussion of the discovery, evolution, and exploitation of the technology. The evolutionary path from Victory to Dreadnought implies that victory favors superior arms, but is it really that simple?

During the Cold War’s long and grim decades, navies integrated new technologies such as nuclear power, missiles, and computers. A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. It considers how a new technology threatened its opponents, not to mention its users, and how those threats were managed. A goal of this book was to set forth the principles that govern the successful development, introduction and use of naval technology.Obviously, radio, radar, and aircraft are not technological developments exclusive to naval warfare so the authors found it necessary to discuss the development of these key innovations in broader terms that included the development of land-based systems. Not only are the technical hurdles and doctrinal changes discussed, but so are the operational challenges and the adversary’s response or adoption.

Moreover, the chapters are provided with useful illustrations, pictures, and graphics that emphasize the authors’ points.

If you have turned it off manually in your browser, please enable it to better experience this site. This would help answer the question of whether those principles were generalizable enough to apply developing technology today. It then looks at the way navies discovered and developed the technology's best use, in many cases overcoming disappointed expectations.

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