Could the pen really be as mighty as the sword?
One could easily reach this conclusion in looking back at the recent 2008 Joint Warfighting Conference, titled, "DoD Capabilities for the 21st Century: Dominant—Relevant—Ready?" which took place 17-19 June at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. After three days of speeches and sponsor-packed convention halls, it was one senior officer's push to publish that drew the strongest response from several thousand attendees at the conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International.
Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, gave an address in which he insisted that joint operations necessitate new ideas. And nowhere better for service members to test those ideas than in professional journals such as Proceedings.