Naval War College Review


This is an institution with a great tradition, and I am honored to have been asked to address you on this day—an honor made all the greater given the distinguished individuals who preceded me in years past. I will be characteristically blunt: you are departing the War College at a time of considerable international turmoil. Ours is a time of war, or to be more precise, wars—a global war on terrorism, a war in Afghanistan, and a war in Iraq, not to mention a conflict in Colombia and conflicts in several countries in Africa. Those who predicted that the world after the end of the Cold War would be tranquil were wrong, or at least premature. One result is that military force, par- ticularly American military force, remains relevant, and then some.