A call to "build awareness from the blue water to the green water to the brown water" and for the Navy to heed the "three r's"—reorganize, recognize, and redistribute—highlighted the U.S. Naval Institute's 2006 Applied Naval History Conference.
"Riverine Warfare: Back to the Future?" was presented at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in April, and more than 300 people—military personnel, civilians, and academics—attended. The Naval Institute held the event in cooperation with the U.S. Naval Academy History Department, Naval War College, Naval Historical Center, Naval Historical Foundation, Marine Corps History and Museums Division, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Naval Order of the United States, and the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Corporation Center for Strategic Studies.
The conference's subject matter was highly relevant to the sea services, especially in light of the pronouncements of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, released in February, which stated in part: "Provide a Navy riverine capability for river patrol, interdiction and tactical troop movement on inland waterways."