The United States Naval Institute rarely has contentious ballots. We, the USNI Editorial Board, the USNI membership, and others, have now experienced one of those rare instances. It is rare because of the uncharacteristic lack of open debate concerning the historic motion to propose a change in the USNI mission statement. This motion has the potential to alter the character of the institution, its exceptional standing among naval strategists throughout the world, and its financial future, not to mention the inevitable second- and third-order consequences unforeseen at the beginning of such a strategic change in direction. Freedom of thought and expression have been central tenets of the Naval Institute itself and why, in part, we are witnessing the current passionate and vocal opposition to changing USNI’s mission statement. We welcome this discussion.