When it comes to Proceedings , I have a confession to make. I am a user—not a browser or a scanner or a leafer, but a user. For more than two decades I was a staff officer on Navy, joint, and interagency staffs. For the past five years, I have been a research analyst on Navy and Coast Guard issues. For me, Proceedings is mother's milk. I use it for facts, for ideas, even for inspiration. Without Proceedings , it would be hard to think, to write, to recommend, to act—not impossible, but hard.