Qoute: "Why didnt I already know about this!?!"
Cos of a guy called Jaydee - J.D. Rockefeller. His daddy was into oil too - snake oil :-)
We see the origins of the "Military Industrial Complex right here: In 1910, as I recall
, the first "oilburners" were authorized for the USN, viz USS Nevada and the USS Oklahoma, both commissioned in 1916. Alfred Mahan, he of The influence of Sea Power upon History
felt himself vindicated and permitted himself an extra glass of port. Instant shock and awe, instant "total spectrum dominance".
The Pommies hadn't done so badly either with Jackie Fisher's Dreadnaught
and their Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
Also: Unter die Sonne, nichts Neues. But that's why you didn't know, and that is why there are still - a few - sperm whales left:-)