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.
Americans are more likely to disapprove (46%) than approve (39%) of the U.S. military action in Libya. This marks a shift from a prior reading just after the NATO action began, when Americans approved by 47% to 37%.
Americans believe the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are most important to national defense, followed in order by the Air Force and Navy. Prior to the Iraq war, Americans said the Air Force was the most important service.
A Somali court has sentenced six foreigners—three Britons and an American among them—for illegally bringing millions of dollars into the country to pay ransoms for the release of vessels held by pirates.