When the United States entered World War One , Edison and his staff at West Orange responded with fierce patriotism. Edison submitted more than forty plans and inventions to the navy for their consideration during the war. Many of his suggestions were very useful, although the navy was careful not to let him know that. One of his major contributions was the simple suggestion that submarine sinkings be plotted on a map in order to discover where high-risk areas lay.Edison was selected to head the Naval Consulting Board, a link between the navy and the scientific civilian community, in 1915. But while Edison was enthusiastic about the chance to support his country through inventions, he disliked the stiff environment of the navy especially when his ideas and suggestions were pigeonholed or rejected by naval officers. He resigned from the board over a fiasco involving a research laboratory.
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