Naval War College Review


We must always be thinking about the next war, about the twenty-first cen- tury. The only thing that we can say with certainty is that things will change. They will change dramatically, and we will be surprised. Twenty-nine years ago, when I matriculated at the Naval War College in Au- gust 1974, the world was also undergoing a time of great change and surprise. President Richard Nixon resigned, and Gerald Ford became president. Con- gressman Carl Albert was the speaker of the House. Mike Mansfield was the majority leader. The year I graduated, 1975, was a very difficult one for me and for the nation.