We never lack for feedback from our readers and membership. While it's always nice to receive a "well done," we are more likely to get writers who disagree, often strongly, with something we've published. You'll see that in this month's Comment and Discussion section, in which several readers take issue with Barrett Tillman's musings in the June issue on whether we've entered a "post-naval era." And that was but a sampling; we received numerous responses and simply didn't have the space to run them all. That's why we're often surprised, and somewhat alarmed, when we hear from folks that Proceedings has little relevance to Sea Service professionals because it is seen as simply the mouthpiece of "Big Navy," publishing party-line articles by leadership touting their latest programs.
Do we publish pieces by senior leaders and policy makers? You bet—when they have something important and interesting to say. If they're going to say it anywhere, we want them to say it in Proceedings. We let them put their ideas out there so that they can be discussed in the forum and, if the piece deserves it, our readers can open fire with all guns blazing.