The Torpedomen" by RA E. N. Poland CB CBE said:...Naval policy makers and planners, therefore, were facing a more complicated and difficult situation than ever before. The types of forces they had to consider, and the kinds of threats against which they had to plan, were becoming more diverse. Providing all the necessary equipment would be expensive and obtaining resources difficult.
Only nine months later, on 15 August 1919, the Cabinet decreed that in the next financial year, the three services should base their estimates on the assumption 'that the British Empire would not be engaged in any great wars during the next ten years'. As Roskill opined:
This rule, which was wholly empirical and was not based on any scientific data, was to exert profound influence on all aspects of naval policy for the next decade and more.
Worse, it was:
...in 1929 made automatically self-perpetuating i.e. on any given day it was to be assumed that no major war would take place for ten years.
This ludicrous notion was not abolished until late in 1932.