Dear Members and Friends of the United States Naval Institute:
We are delighted by the current dialogue regarding the mission statement for the Institute cited below:
“The U.S. Naval Institute is an independent forum advocating the necessity of global seapower for national security and economic prosperity.”
The Board’s work regarding this statement began in late 2009 and culminated in unanimous Board approvals at our meetings in July and October 2010 and again, with one dissent, in February 2011. The Board voted so because it believes that the Institute needs to gain financial stability and to be as relevant as possible to the Sea Services, our members, donors, employees, and to the nation itself, especially in these difficult times. We think it is possible both to be an independent forum that speaks “truth to power” and to advocate for the importance of sea power.