First Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest
The classic theories of war don't work like they used to. Nine years after "winning" the Gulf War, U.S. war planes still are patrolling the skies over Iraq, making it the longest sustained U.S. military operation since Vietnam. So how can we prepare our warriors for their roles in the new complex international arena?
The U.S. Navy is entering the 21st century confidently, with an evolved doctrine of deep strike from the sea and battlespace dominance through information warfare. Vast opportunities for technological innovation and recapitalization of the fleet lie before us, but, in fact, they are not our greatest challenge. The great hurdle in achieving our full potential is the way in which the naval officer perceives his role in the decision-making process that leads up to conflict, carries out strategy once hostilities begin, and helps to manage the ensuing peace. That process is informed by two factors.