Mahan thought a Central American canal would reorient the commercial epicenter of the globe, shifting it from Great Britain to the United States. But control of the canal would depend on sea power.
In fall 1970, the Naval Academy held a press conference on the plight of POW/MIA families. Midshipmen Rick Rubel and Joe Glover flank Brigade Commander Mike Hecomovich, with the replica bamboo cage in the background.