During its long and distinguished history, Proceedings has become the journal of record, the independent forum, a venue for discussing tactics and the basics of the profession, and a place to celebrate the history of the Sea Services. But perhaps the most valuable role it plays is giving those who dare to read, think, speak, and write an outlet for pondering the future. The need to do so has perhaps never been greater as budgets get smaller, big-ticket weapon programs face tough scrutiny, and the hands of the sequestration “doomsday clock” creep toward midnight at the end of the year. This month our authors look ahead and offer ideas on guiding the services through these choppy waters.
We’re pleased to welcome Admiral Jonathan Greenert back to our pages to lead the discussion. The Navy is at a transition point, the CNO explains, and he lays out the case for a continued shift to the development of mission-specific modular payloads—as well as platforms designed to accommodate a variety of those modules. It’s not just good economics, he writes; it gives us a Fleet with the flexibility needed to meet diverse and changing threats in the 21st century.