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.
What have I read? Nearly everything in the past 250 issues, and a lot from before. What have I used? A vast amount, principally on strategy and policy, because that is my world. Mostly, I was a Pentagon E-ring-type.