In His Own Words: The Honorable Sean O’Keefe
My father was a submariner, so I first became aware of the Naval Institute and Proceedings magazine through his encouragement when I was a teen. This was solidified during my service at the Pentagon 20 years ago. The intellectual content of the Institute is an important basis for helping young naval professionals establish a framework to understand the strategy, values, and capability of the naval services to accomplish national objectives.
More recently, I was inspired to become a Member because of the exceptional capability of the Naval Institute to focus on strategic events and frame them relative to the rich history of the naval services, to provide for the common defense, and shape our nation’s foreign-policy objectives and interests around the globe. Providing support to the Institute offers me a chance to help give something back to the naval services, which informed my thinking from an early age.