The current strategic and economic climate demands that the nation’s armed forces look for innovative ways of preparing to fight wars. The Navy and Marine Corps are no exceptions.
Mankind is in the midst of explosive leaps in the formulation of new ideas and opportunities. The speed and reach of information systems have radically transformed the temporal and spatial dimensions of war. Intertwined by the Internet and social networks, previously unconnected ideas are being fused and transformed into reality at an astonishing rate. Despite this dynamic environment, much of the Navy remains shackled to cumbersome processes and outdated thinking. To exploit the era’s rich atmosphere of ideas, and prepare for challenges that come with it, we must energize and capitalize on the enterprising nature and resourcefulness of our maritime professionals. The transition will involve creating a channel for new ideas while encouraging a participatory system of idea-generating, collaborative professionals.