In the U.S. Navy "Wheel Books" were once found in the uniform
pockets of every junior and many senior petty officers. Each small
notebook was unique to the Sailor carrying it, but all had in
common a collection of data and wisdom that the individual deemed
useful in the effective execution of his or her duties. Often used
as a substitute for experience among neophytes and as a portable
library of reference information for more experienced personnel,
those weathered pages contained everything from the time of the
next tide, to leadership hints from a respected chief petty
officer, to the color coding of the phone-and-distance line used in
In that same tradition, the new "Naval Institute Wheel Books"
will provide supplemental information, pragmatic advice, and cogent
analysis on topics important to modern naval professionals. Drawn
from the U.S. Naval Institute's vast archives that has been
accumulated for more than a century, the books will combine
articles from the Institute's flagship publication Proceedings,
selections from the oral history collection and from Naval
Institute Press books to create unique guides on a wide array of
relevant professional subjects.
Naval tactics was described by Vice Admiral. A.K. Cebrowski, a
brilliant thinker on the subject of naval warfare, as "the sum of
the art and science of the actual application of combat power."
Renowned naval tactician Captain Wayne Hughes called the study of
naval tactics as striving "to bring whatever order and
understanding is possible out of the chaos of battle." With those
words of wisdom serving as the "commander's intent," this
collection sheds a bright light on this sometimes dark and
mysterious but unquestionably essential realm, illuminating the
principles and concepts of tactics that serve the warrior at the
most critical moments.
US Naval Institute Press
||U.S Naval Institute Wheel Book
Thomas J. Cutler
• W. C. Hogan
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