The Mission of the Institute is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
Vince Patton Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Ret.) retired from the Coast Guard in 2002, completing more than 30 years of service as the service's most senior enlisted member ? the principal enlisted adviser to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense. In that capacity, he routinely addressed personnel issues before the Commander-in-Chief and Congressional committees. Presently director of community outreach for Military.com, he sits on numerous boards and councils. Dr. Patton holds a Doctor of Education degree from The American University, and serves as the chairman of the USNI Editorial Board.