Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
After 10 weeks I am about to complete the Joint Combined Wafighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College. Next week I will start my faculty orientation and beginning preparing for my first course which begins in January. The JCWS school is for planners on Joint Staffs, most of the students will go to assignments working on the staffs of the various Joint Commands as well as other positions on the Joint Staff. It is the second level of Joint Professional Military Education. All of the officers present have already completed either the Naval War College, Air War College, Command and General Staff College or Marine Corps Command and Staff College and are Majors, Lieutenant Colonels, Colonels, of Navy/Coast Guard Lieutenant Commanders, Commanders or Captains. Almost all of us have at least one graduate degree. As my class graduates we will be involved in the decision making process of how our forces will function in light of the end of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, the looming threat of Sequestration, reductions in force and how to successfully do what we are supposed to do in a resource constrained environment. It will be a challenge. In light of the fact that cuts will have to be made strategic decisions need to be made as to how the Department of Defense spends the money provided to defend the nation. In light of that I am re-publishing an article that I wrote a bit over two years ago. I think that it is even more appropriate today. Have a great night and peace.
“Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” President George Washington
“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” President Theodore Roosevelt
“A powerful Navy we have always regarded as our proper and natural means of defense; and it has always been of defense that we have thought, never of aggression or of conquest. But who shall tell us now what sort of Navy to build? We shall take leave to be strong upon the seas, in the future as in the past; and there will be no thought of offense or provocation in that. Our ships…
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