Naval War College Review


In the summer of 1998, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jay L. Johnson, sent me here to Newport, along with Rear Admiral Bernard). Smith (as commander of the new Navy Warfare Development Command) and Rear Ad­ miral Peter A. C. Long (to be Provost of the Naval War College). He did that for important reasons. One was the sense that the Navy had lost its historic inclina­ tion to innov ate. This was not surprising: all very succe ful organizations with long histories of accomplishme nt, such as the U .S. Navy, have powerful immunologic systems, capable of repelling new ideas and the people who have them . He took certain actions, focused on the Naval War College, to help remedy that situation. The entire College has a part in that effort.