Time and again, the U.S. Naval Institute has taken great pains to advertise that Proceedings is the venue by which members of the sea services can and should express their ideas and views, without fear of retribution. In fact, the editors of Proceedings encourage authors to take on contentious issues, to generate professional debate and to advance our professional expertise and warfighting capabilities. Surely we are not the only readers of Proceedings who noticed that the cover now contains the phrase "Independent Forum for the Sea Services."
Indeed, those of us in the business of the defense of our nation have to have a forum where we can speak honestly and forthrightly about important issues. Even in the face of personal risk, we have a professional and moral imperative that bounds us to speak and write if we believe that doing so could improve things and possibly save lives.