Techlogical changes are inevitable, often of great benefit, and they must be understood by all maritime leaders. Since the Navy's beginnings, it has created, adapted, rejected, and sometimes grudgingly accepted new techlogies. This entry into the Wheel Book series considers the nature of techlogical invation in the U.S. Navy, and it discusses the manner in which the Navy is currently adopting new techlogies like robotic and automous systems, CYBER, and LASERS.
Capt. John E. Jackson, USN (Ret.) is manager of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program and a professor of unmanned and robotic systems at the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a master's degree in education from Providence College, and a master's degree in management from Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University and is a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University.