The Naval Staff College strengthens aspects of U.S. power and Navy programs that have not been stressed enough. It is critical that we learn more about other cultures.
Understanding other nations and cultures has generally been recognized as an American weakness. Ours is a big country blessed with resources, a mature democracy, and a relatively advantageous geographical location. But the days of being content with limited external understanding are over. To best deal with threats, American military officers must know everything they can about friends and allies. The Great White Fleet of the early 20th century must evolve into a Great Partnered Thousand-Ship Fleet of the 21st century.