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President, Naval War College.


Newport, Rhode Island


The Naval War College is a truly unique institution that has been educating the nation's leaders for more than 125 years. Situated along the rugged shoreline of historic Narragansett Bay, it has played a leading role in helping to shape the nation's maritime affairs for more than a dozen decades, both in times of peace and in conflict. While widely recognized in the national security arena, the College's history, mission and contributions are less well-known to the public at large. The purpose of this magazine is to serve as a communications tool to tell our story to this important audience, and to update our friends and supporters around the globe on the College's recent activities and accomplishments.

While the global order in the 21st century is vastly different from the one in which the College was founded by my predecessor Commodore Stephen B. Luce in the waning years of the 19th century, some factors remain constant. America is still a maritime nation, dependent on the seas for commerce, transportation and security. The fact that three-quarters of the surface of the globe is covered by water and that 90% of the world's trade travels by sea means that the world's economy and stability are inextricably tied to the existence of free and open seas.

The United States Navy and her allies around the world are the key protectors of this critical global commons. In the pages that follow, you will see some of the ways in which the Naval War College contributes to maintaining and expanding the global maritime partnerships that ensure unfettered access to the world's oceans, and the collaborative actions that promote peace and stability within the community of nations. You will also see examples of the rigorous academic and research programs the College operates in order to advance the state of the art with regard to those national security issues that have a decidedly "salt-water" flavor!


John N. Christenson



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Author:Christenson, John N.
Publication:Naval War College Review
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2011
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