Realizing an important strategic goal, the U.S. Naval Institute has just completed digitizing every issue of Proceedings published over 140 years. With the contents preserved electronically, they will be available to Members now and in the years to come to access, use, and enjoy.
A publication that strives to be the “Independent Forum of the Sea Services” has set a high bar. During the 1990s, Proceedings leapt over that bar. Easy to say, but hard to prove? Not really. Establishing Proceedings as the independent forum people must turn to means making that aspirational goal a reality.
How should a reader—or a prospective reader of today’s Proceedings—decide if this aspiration turned into reality? Three criteria suggest themselves: