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“Felker’s detailed and insightful analysis of interwar strategic exercises demonstrates that the popular sterotype of a monolithic and hidebound officer corps cannot be sustained.”—World War II Quarterly



“. . . offers a revealing look at the interwar navy.”—Journal of America’s Military Past



“. . . provides a valuable examination of the personal US Navy’s efforts to integrate the airplane and the submarine into warfare at sea. . . an important book. . . brings vitality to an area ripe for further archival-based analyses of naval personnel, their machines, and the administrative, financial, and industrial systems that supported them.  By studying the interwar navy’s operational practices, Felker deftly illuminates a dynamic period in American military and technological history.”—Technology & Culture



“This stimulating book will be welcomed by students and others with an interest in the US Navy in the interwar years. . .”—International Journal of Maritime History



“Most sailors would agree that fleet exercises are not much fun—much to do and many discomforts with the underlying knowledge that ‘this isn’t real’ make them less than popular at the deck plate level. But Felker proves that these are necessary evils. Through a detailed study of the strategic exercises conducted in the years leading up to World War II, he makes it clear that fighting the greatest sea war in history would have been far more difficult and costly had these exercises not been carried out.”—Proceedings



"Felker's detailed and insightful analysis of inter-war strategic exercises demonstrates that the popular sterotype of a monolithic and hidebound officer corps cannot be sustained."--World War II Quarterly
(World War II Quarterly)

". . . offers a revealing look at the interwar Navy."--Journal of America's Military Past
(Journal of America's Military Past 2007-10-01)

". . . naval officer and historian Craig Felker provides a valuable examination of the US Navy's efforts to integrate the airplane and the submarine into warfare at sea. . . an important book. . . brings vitality to an area ripe for further archival-based analyses of naval personnel, their machines, and the administrative, financial, and industrial systems that supported them.  By studying the interwar navy's operational practices, Felker deftly illuminates a dynamic period in American military and technological history."--Technology & Culture
(Technology and Culture 2008-10-01)

"This stimulating book will be welcomed by students and others with an interest in the US Navy in the interwar years. . ."--International Journal of Maritime History
(International Journal of Maritime History 2009-03-26)

“Felker’s detailed and insightful analysis of inter-war strategic exercises demonstrates that the popular stereotype of a monolithic and hidebound officer corps cannot be sustained. . . At the strategic level, fleet exercises may have contributed little to the nation’s preparations for war with Germany, but Felker shows that they were critical in helping the Navy test and refine its plans for conflict in the Pacific. This book is essential to understanding both the successes and the failures of the inter-war United States Navy.”--World War II Quarterly
(World War II Quarterly, Volume 5 Number 1)

“Offers a revealing look at the interwar Navy. It effectively challenges the general notion of an institution mindlessly devoted to the cult of Mahan and blind to the impact of new technologies. The Navy was Mahanian in outlook, but not slavishly so. It experimented and adapted new technologies, although not always dispassionately or successfully. Testing American Sea Power will be of interest to students of both military innovation and the U.S. Navy.”--The Journal of America’s Military Past
(The Journal of America’s Military Past)

“Most sailors would agree that fleet exercises are not much fun—much to do and many discomforts with the underlying knowledge that 'this isn’t real' make them less than popular at the deck plate level. But Felker proves that these are necessary evils. Through a detailed study of the strategic exercises conducted in the years leading up to World War II, he makes it clear that fighting the greatest sea war in history would have been far more difficult and costly had these exercises not been carried out.”--Proceedings
(Proceedings)

“A good read, packed full of ideas, and following a consistent theme . . . excellent for the naval historian, student, or officer interested in the evolution of the United States Navy and Marine Corps prior to World War II, and helps to fill out the scholarship surrounding the navy’s transition to a global super power.”---Nautical Research Journal
(Nautical Research Journal)

About the Author

CRAIG C. FELKER is a commander in the United States Navy and recently served as a contributor for the History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 107)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (March 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603449892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603449892
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Margaret B. Rafferty on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Commander Felker has provided naval historians with an analysis of what the American Navy was doing between the two world wars. Military personnel will give this a more analytical review than an amateur naval historian such as I. However, from the civilian perspective, this book is extremely illuminating. Naval war games were used to apply new technology, specifically aircraft carriers and submarines. However, these games were usually controlled or supervised by those whose strict adherence to Mahan often allowed little leeway for new ideas and the appropriate applications of the new weapons of war. Many issues were new to me. For instance, even though many of these games were years after World War I, American naval personnel were considering plans for a war against Great Britain. Despite the Germans' success with submarines as weapons for blockade, many American commanders considered them almost irrelevant in modern warfare. Even aircraft carriers were slow to gain acceptance, though their relevance was proved many times in simulation. In retrospect, the dismissal of the marines as a primary amphibious force bordered on the ridiculous. The primary problem for most seemed to be in marrying Mahan's principles to modern weaponry. It was hard to accept that there would be no more Trafalgars, but that in the future wars would be made up of continuous battles. While the simulations and tests did not allow for every subsequent event that followed in World War II, they were invaluable in determining how the new technology worked. In the end, Mahan's principle of defeating the enemy's navy remains intact. The methods changed and no doubt will continue to do so. Naval personnel should find this extremely useful (hopefully Mr. Felker's midshipmen will). However, it is a great read for us civilians as well.
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