March 1, 2008  

In this issue

Cmdr. Jerry Hendrix, commanding officer of a Navy Tactical Air Control Squadron and 2007 recipient of the Navy League’s Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for literary achievement; Karl Hasslinger, a former Navy captain and submarine commander who directs General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Washington operations; Capt. Bill Lescher, a Navy captain who heads the Joint Staff J-8’s program and budget analysis division; and Chris Cavas, Defense News’ naval warfare editor: This line up of naval warfare experts delves deep into the Navy’s new vision and strategic priorities.

AFJ readers get a bonus opportunity to have their say this month. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s new bipartisan Roles and Missions Panel, sets out the panel’s goals and invites your input. The greatest obstacle to reform is often the Pentagon itself, the congressman says. The panel is, therefore, seeking radical reform suggestions from those who have the clearest view of the obstacles — you.

Frank Hoffman, a former Marine officer and regular AFJ contributor, sets the stage for why reform is necessary in his big-picture view of why there’s a lack of strategic thinking in U.S. national security spending.

As a cryptologist, Cmdr. John Myers is trained to decipher the seemingly incomprehensible. What better expert to propose a model that could align CentCom and State to work in sync?

And Pete Brookes kicks the issue off with his regular Flashpoint column, this month focusing on the battle for the frontier in which we all have a digital stake — cyberspace.