We are pleased to welcome the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, to Proceedings . His article, " What I Believe: Eight Tenets that Guide My Vision of the 21st Century Navy ," leads off our Surface Warfare issue. This is a big picture piece, the kind of article that belongs in Proceedings when written by men and women who occupy senior posts in our nation's national security firmament. A former President, George H. W. Bush, dismissed such undertakings as "the vision thing," as if a broad description of where a leader wants to take his constituents was little more than a PR gimmick. We disagree. The men and women who serve under Admiral Mullen want to know where he's coming from, the principles that form the foundation of his actions. Clearly, the CNO agrees.