Let the Debate Begin!
The long-awaited Maritime Strategy, in the works since then-CNO Admiral Mike Mullen set it in motion in June 2006, leads off this month's Proceedings. Punctuating the need to work closely together in an age of asymmetric warfare, the document carries the signatures of the senior officers of the three Sea Services—Admiral Gary Roughead, the new CNO, General James Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Admiral Thad Allen, the Coast Guard Commandant. The element of jointness is reinforced by the title, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.
We anticipate, as do the signatories, both praise and criticism of the strategy in the weeks and months ahead. The question at hand: Does the new strategy set the services on a course that is both soberly conceived and clear-sighted? As always, Proceedings is eager to provide an independent forum for high-minded debate, just as it has since it began publication in 1874.