There is plenty of rhetoric these days about the littoral aspect of modern naval warfare. As much as official policy touts the doctrine of " . . . From the Sea," however, no one on the leadership side of the house seems to be paying much attention. In spite of policy, the last decision to come out of the Pentagon in this regard was that the Navy didn't need coastal patrol boats. Our leading admirals and civilians talk with gleaming eyes of buying "the next generation" of the same planes and aircraft carriers and Tomahawk-throwing ships that we have now (and, incidentally, of figuring out a way to send them out unmanned because today's officers and sailors no longer desire to follow these same leaders to sea).