On the outbreak of the World War he urged preparedness and criticised America's naval administration.
In 1915 he urged " preparedness " for naval defence.
A high state of military preparedness of any one state obliges all the others to endeavour to be prepared on the same level.
On his return he was appointed chief of staff, serving until 1914, when he was again given command of the Eastern Department, General Wood often had disapproved the policies of the War Department, and as early as 1908 had urged preparedness.
The military balance in which India enjoys advantages over Pakistan in most areas of conventional defense preparedness remains the same.