Hey, now that’s more like it. USNI blog finally digs into its archives for some interesting articles, and pulls up Samuel Huntington’s “National Policy And The Transoceanic Navy“. MGEN (ret.) Wilkerson says about this:
In this powerful essay, he laid down a challenge to the military services that resonates today even more than it did over 50 years ago: “If a service does not possess a well-defined strategic concept, the public and political leaders will be confused as to the role of the service . . . and apathetic or hostile to the claims made by the service on the resources of society.” And specifically of the Navy, “What function do you perform which obligates society to assume responsibility for your maintenance?”
Huh. “If a service does not possess a well-defined strategic concept.” And the Navy’s current well-defined strategic concept is, uh….
…I’m sure I have one around here somewhere. Maybe in that folder of .ppt files?
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