Reporting For Duty!
It is my great honor and privilege to have been selected as the Naval Institute’s CEO and Publisher and given the opportunity to build on the success of the past 150 years. Having grown up in a Marine Corps family and served over 30 years in a Navy uniform, the Sea Services are in my “DNA,” and I look forward to working with all of you to uphold the Naval Institute’s mission of providing an open, independent, and non-partisan forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write. I am grateful for a thorough turnover from retired Navy Vice Admiral Pete Daly and our staff, and I have been amazed by just how much this dedicated team accomplishes each and every day—from publishing Proceedings, Naval History, and 70 to 80 books a year, to hosting multiple events and conferences, producing USNI News, managing a member organization, ensuring the preservation of our archives, raising mission support to underpin it all, and so much more. The fact that all of this is done by a small team of dedicated professionals and to an exacting standard of excellence and professionalism is simply eyewatering.
It is not lost on me that this is truly a team sport, and I am thankful for our world class members, authors, donors, staff, directors, trustees, volunteers, and supporters who proudly comprise this amazing team. But I cannot talk about the team without a nod to its leader for the past twelve plus years. Pete Daly led the Institute to fill a void in our national media’s coverage of the Sea Services by founding USNI News during his first year, preserved the independent forum, digitized and made available the Institute’s content, and had the courage and tenacity to think big and take on a capital project to design and build the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center (during a pandemic, no less)—a shining beacon of which we can all be proud. We owe Pete a great debt of gratitude, and I am committed to doing my part to build on his success in leading the Institute into the future.
Defense Forum Washington
We hope to see you at Defense Forum Washington at the Spy Museum in Washington, DC, on 7 December. Military leaders, members of Congress, and naval strategists will assess force structure and readiness to face global security challenges.
For more information, go to usni.org/events/defense-forum-washington-2023.