As we close in on the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011, the Naval Institute is taking an in-depth look at the community's illustrious past and challenging future. The newest issue of our sister publication, Naval History, features a comprehensive package on the development of carrier aviation. It's an impressive accomplishment, and I urge all our members to give it a look.
Here at Proceedings this month we examine where naval aviation is now and where it may be headed. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review have placed a stronger focus on fighting and winning the wars we're currently in, hence the shift away from the expensive, big-ticket weapon systems designed to fight peer competitors. Some of the favorite targets of this reevaluation of priorities have been the Air Force's F-22 Raptor, the Marines Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.