Happy Anniversary!

December 2010


This blog. Two years. Wow.

Has it been that long?

A very short time in the amazing history of the Naval Institute…and a time to announce that we have a really great project this next year: the endeavor to put every article from Proceedings and Naval History online.


More than a century of great thought about the Sea Services.

We support the proposition that you should dare, which is not always a popular proposition.

That’s okay.

We’re in the position of publishing reasoned thought. Right or wrong? Challenge it…please. Our place is a venue, a forum (they said that in 1873 – cool).

The thoughts of the military are some of the most reasoned, difficult and controversial things to express.

Dare: to read, think, speak, write and blog.

A very big thanks to all who have taken the time to write and comment here – you Are Our Sea Services.


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  • Byron

    Well done, SWMBO, well done!

  • Armitage

    Wonderful news about putting all of the back issues of Proceedings and Naval History online! I see so many references to classic articles from the 1950s here (Sam Huntington, anyone?) and would love to go and look at them myself. Faster please!

  • Bill

    No…thank you…for daring to be that voice.

  • … and thanks to you Mary for building such a varied and fun salon to be a part of.

    “Dare: to read, think, speak, write and blog.” – indeed.


    Happy Anniversary, Mary! You bring knowlege to the Badger’s Burrow, for which I am grateful.

  • Grandpa Bluewater

    USNI-blog is doing very well for two. Comes of having such a good Mama. BZ SWWBO (that second W is for a Naval Service “will”, the strongest verb). Thank you from your pleased and proud Grampa.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Fouled Anchor

    BZ and Congratulations Mary!

    Every issue, ever, of Proceedings online? OUTSTANDING!

  • LCDR Claude Berube, USNR

    Congrats for succeeding in a new and important arm of communicating naval dialogue!

  • Does this mean we get to splice the mainbrace now?

  • Dirt Sailor

    Does anyone have a need for a full set of hard copy back to 1956? What am I going to do with all that shelf space?

    Great news!

  • Chuck Hill

    Congratulations, and wonderful news. Thanks

  • Congrats! I couldn’t be happier. Keep up the good work.

  • Mary:

    Well done — I’d say your vision and determined approach have paid off more than many of us could have imagined. My personal thanks for giving us a free hand to post, ponder, agitate, reflect and generally share our common love for the sea services.

    BZ shipmate…

    w/r, SJS

  • Mittleschmerz

    While the writers may get the comments, both positive and negative, none of this would happen at all if it wasn’t for Mary’s dogged determination to make it happen. Well done – and thank you!

  • BJ Armstrong

    To the Institute…thank you for giving some of us a place where we can have a voice and take part in the great conversation.

    To Mary…you rock.

    Happy Birthday.

  • Jay

    BZ! Class. Act. Carry on, Smartly!

  • Eagle1

    And here’s to many more!

  • YN2(SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III

    Mary! Congratulations! What Mittleschmerz x1000.

    Ideas are nothing if they are not even a proper forum. Thank you for all you’ve done for our Maritime Services.

  • Jerry Hendrix

    Mary, You are the Innovator! Congrats on bringing a whole new Open Forum into being and continuing the USNI legacy into the 21st Century.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    What Ken said! Splice the mainbrace!

    Very well done. You managed to control this mob with just a whip and a chair!

  • Byron

    “Very well done. You managed to control this mob with just a whip and a chair!”

    I dunno…felt like a baseball bat once… 😉