When considering the global events of 1941 - 42, many historians largely agree that the most laudable aspect of American leadership during that period following the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor was that the Brass Hats who ran the U.S. military tended not to panic when weighing their options - but maintained a calm that allowed them to assess their liabilities and strengths while planning their strategy.
Having lost as many ships as they did during the attack, the American navy was barely equal to their Asian counterpart: the Japanese Navy had ten aircraft carriers while the U.S. had only seven, and seldom more than three or four to available for deployment in the Pacific in 1942.
This 1947 report was written by the office of the Chief of Naval Operations regarding what the U.S. Navy learned about carrier warfare during the four year war in the Pacific.
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