The image of readiness, the appearance of universal competence, the perceptions of professional tranquility within the Navy have all become goals for which too many senior officers are willing to sacrifice any number of junior officers. This is one of the reasons junior officers refer to the flag community today as the Dark Side. The light of day is the only cure for the Dark Side phenomenon, and Proceedings is just about the only remaining window with professional standing through which it can shine.
Captain Deutermann retired from the Navy in 1989 after 26 years of service. He is best known as the author of Sweepers (1997), Edge of Honor (1995), and other books of fiction.
Lieutenant General John H. Cushman, U.S. Army (Retired)
The Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History give me—who came up through the United States Army—an opportunity to learn about the sea services, past and present, and to gain insights into their futures.
More important to me, however, the Naval Institute provides an opportunity to write and express my views to a professionally knowledgeable audience with interests reaching far beyond the sphere of naval services. I have found the Editorial Board members and staff of Proceedings consistently willing to accept within its pages my thoughts on and analysis of both theory and practice of joint operations.
To the military profession, the Naval Institute offers a richly endowed and distinctive forum for writings and seminars which—fearless in its coverage of often-controversial issues—is unequaled in its quality by any of the other services or jointly oriented groups.
General Cushman, a 1944 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, commanded I Corps Group, defending the Western sector of Korea's de-militarized zone and the approaches to Seoul. He retired from the Army in 1978. A frequent contributor to the Naval Institute, he was the Proceedings "Author of the Year" in 1994.