As I reported briefly in my column last month because Proceedings was on deadline, the Annual Meeting was a winner. The highlight of the program was the address by Admiral Mike Rogers, U.S. Navy, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service. The Cyber Czar provided fascinating insights into his cyber challenge, the cyber state of play, and stayed for an extensive question-and-answer session with Members.
As Members know, the Naval Institute’s Constitution and By-Laws require a report on the Institute made at the Annual Meeting. For those who could not attend the meeting, it was my honor to report:
• Our Naval Institute is doing very well.
• We have the financial health to perform our mission; we were $1.27 million to the good in 2015.
• Membership growth is positive for the fourth year in a row; we surpassed 50,000 members in 2015.
• Our Foundation achieved an all-time record for the second year in a row.
We also had the opportunity to honor the following authors: