Strategic thinking; proposals for strengthening and advancing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; challenges to conventional wisdom; and histories published in Proceedings since 1874 collectively are a national treasure. One of our top strategic priorities is the need to unlock this treasure by digitizing all back issues of Proceedings and making their content easily searchable and accessible online.
I am pleased and honored to report that retired Navy Captain Roger Ekman, a Naval Institute Member for 61 years, has concurred on the importance of this initiative and has stepped forward with a donation of $100,000 to fund this extremely important goal. I know all Members will join me in thanking Captain Ekman for his farsighted generosity. His gift enables us to meet a very important objective as we now expect to complete this work in 2014. It also underscores the dedication of our Members to enable and act on the Institute’s mission and goals.