And if you read how the Navy (and everyone else for that matter) did in the first couple of big engagements of the war, that should tell you something about developing tactics in a vacuum. Granted, they were experimenting in the dark by necessity in the 20s and 30s...the technology was outpacing the tactics rapidly, but they were looking at scenarios no one had ever really fought before.Green time is not a prerequisite to being a tactical expert. None of the aviators in the fleet on 6DEC41 had any green time but they still developed the doctrine and tactics that were trained to in order to counter the expected threat.
Both the US and Japanese navies planned for and expected that a war that would start with air raids on shore facilities, followed by a big, blue-water battleships vs battleships engagement that would settle everything. All the training and doctrine and weapon design was oriented in that direction. The carriers would support the BBs, but the 'real' fight would be between the big guns. Nobody except a few weirdoes like Billy Mitchell really thought aircraft could sink big warships. 7 Dec effectively tossed all that out the window.