Naval Institute leaders, writers, and concerned members frequently offer encouragement, advice, and mentoring for would-be authors. Past Proceedings articles have included suggestions and reasons why the Fleet’s thinkers should write. This outreach is purposeful, intended to uncover the next professional willing to uphold the Institute’s mantra and sincerely “dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
The Sea Services need thinkers willing to participate actively in important debates, discuss innovative ideas, and explore new ways of looking at old problems. The more contributors the better, and there are venues beyond those available from the Institute. There is a vast pool of Fleet professionals with great ideas and the ability to convey them, but it is often difficult to get them to write. Why is that?