The Naval Institute enters the new year with the outstanding support of our Members and a positive record of accomplishments for 2015. First, when I speak of you, the Members, membership is up for the fourth year in a row. We now have more than 50,000 Members! Our conferences, to include Defense Forum Washington and our Maritime Security Dialogue partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), are proving to be strong draws with outstanding speakers and cutting-edge subjects. The content of USNI News continues to increase readership on an impressive scale, and 2015 marked our highest number of “new starts” for important oral histories. Finally, our Naval Institute Foundation has set a record for the third year in a row.
The Institute’s Board of Directors approved our new Strategic Plan for 2016-18, which sets five important objectives designed to keep us moving ahead on course at flank speed. We aim to:
• Enhance understanding of the Sea Services’ contributions to global security and prosperity
• Advance naval professionals and their profession, and develop future leaders