Naval War College Review

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President’s Forum


Jake L. Shuford


There have been a number of attempts over the past decade to create a coherent and comprehensive education policy for the Navy and a strat- egy to implement it. Efforts over the past year have been very encouraging, and it appears that we may well be moving toward realizing this objective. In his Guid- ance for 2007, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has advanced the primary objective of completing and executing a Navy Education Strategy that emphasizes “critical thinking, leadership, cultural awareness, jointness, innovation, and adaptability.”One certain thing that this strategy must do is to ensure an inventory of leaders who are capable of burning through Clausewitz’s “fog and friction” and accomplishing those things that are “simple yet profoundly difficult.”