Dear U.S. Naval Institute:

You have many wonderful programs and forums that are held in Washington, DC, Norfolk, VA, Annapolis, MD and San Diego, CA.

I would like to attend them all. Sadly, though, I do not live in Washington, Norfolk, etc.

In order to attend a forum in DC, for example, I would have to incur travel costs including airfare, hotel, meals, cab fare and/or gas. In addition, it means time off from work or projects.

Even if the admission to the forum is free or at a reduced price I am still looking at substantial out of pocket costs.

So, here’s a plea from the hinterlands, next time you plan an event like the 2012 Defense Forum Washington: The Fiscal Cliff: What Does This Mean for Defense and National Security?, please consider offering an option of allowing virtual attendance – I’d be happy to pay for the privilege of being able to watch and listen in on my laptop or desktop computer. Since my admission price to the live event is $15 (being a USNI member), I’d pay that (and perhaps a little more) to save the hundreds of other dollars of having to travel hither and yon.

The quality doesn’t have to be particularly high. The main thing is the access for me and others who would love to join in. Virtually.

Virtual attendance may allow younger officers and junior enlisted to join in while remaining at their duty stations.

I know that there are companies that provide technical assistance in such things here in the 21st Century.

I also note that may other organizations put on live video programs including The Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute.

Please consider this idea.

Thank you.


Posted by Mark Tempest in Naval Institute

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  • Andy

    Amen and hallelujah! “Virtual attendance” is now fast becoming a way of quickly disseminating information and spurring discussion across professional disciplines. I have argued, albeit quietly, that the Annual Meeting and the two major annual forums be available via live-streaming to members.

  • PJN

    Absolutely agree 100%. Great for conferences, but essential for USNI governance meetings.

  • jkm3rd

    Such a simple and fundamental — and outstanding — suggestion. Bravo Zulu, MT! Also allows the “more mature” (i.e., over 80 — but still want to be involved) minds to be there virtually, so now USNI would be benefiting all ages and ranks. Let’s do it — soonest.

  • Hear Hear!