Today’s fast-paced, global, multidimensional security environment demands leaders who think creatively and strategically. Expanding technological frontiers of nano-materials, directed energy, robotics, big-data analytics, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems are being introduced at astonishing speeds. As Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson has emphasized, the accelerated rate of technological creation, diffusion, and adoption significantly influences our operating environment.1 The disruptive character of these technologies has profound implications, even for a U.S. Navy with a strong track record in innovation.
We need great, credible leaders to emerge and shape a compelling vision of how to adapt to these new challenges. We need leaders who can recognize the requirement for changes in how we operate, who foresee opportunity in new capabilities, and who understand how new threats will arise and can be met.