With the end of the Cold War and the onset of a new world order, the United States is faced with many challenges. Exceeded in importance only by the quest for the nation's economic health is the deplorable state of American education. We need only watch the evening news to become painfully aware of the shortcomings of public education, particularly in the inner city, and to witness the terrible ramifications of that failing struggle.
One small foothold on the beachhead to recovery has been realized in a new program in Baltimore called the Walbrook Maritime Academy (WMA). With start-up funding provided by the Department of Defense (DOD), a staff of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard personnel, and a military academy environment in the midst of a troubled inner-city neighborhood, this educational experiment in many ways resembles a military operation despite its extremely important social objectives.