Naval War College Review


The profession of arms is not only a life of dedication, sacrifice, and frustration, it is a life of intellectual challenge. For you see, when we are called upon for combat, it means we have failed as a nation. When guns speak and blood flows, we have failed in our pursuit of the first and foremost political objective assigned the armed forces: that of deterring war. We should all be acutely aware that the Armed Forces of the United States has no life in and of itself. It exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to support the political objectives of this Nation. What that service shall consist of is determined by the people and by their elected representatives. How that service shall be performed, on the other hand, is the central element of the military profession. How we perform in our stewardship is the measure of our worth to the Nation.