(See L. Freeman, pp. 36–41, November 2013 Proceedings)
Robert Haddick—I read with deep regret Lieutenant Colonel Freeman’s casual dismissal of the rapidly changing threat environment facing U.S. military forces. Freeman unfortunately joins many other officers and policymakers who refuse to accept the notion that technological change and the swift rise of new challengers must bring to an end some old and comfortable Navy and Marine Corps practices and programs. They feel that if they simply repeat Freeman’s slogans such as “the United States is the world’s only superpower,” “a naval power with unprecedented dominance,” and “the U.S. Navy, the most powerful in the world,” they can carry on as they always have, with little regard for adversaries who are but “three-foot munchkins.” Such thoughtless hubris is the open road to miscalculation and geopolitical disaster.