Collections > Electronic Theses and Dissertations > "A simple trust in bigness": Strategic Culture and the U.S. Navy's Reaction to the Dreadnought Revolution, 1903-1910

This thesis explores the impact of strategic culture on the United States Navy's reaction to the dreadnought and battlecruiser ship types introduced by the British Navy under Admiral Fisher. This essay concludes that the strategic culture of the U.S. Navy, shaped in large part by Alfred Thayer Mahan, was unable to adapt to the new environment suggested by Fisher's ships. While the U.S. Navy adopted dreadnoughts, its leaders and thinkers were unable to grasp the battlecruiser concept, and decided against building them.