From the official announcement:
In a special meeting on March 17, the Institute’s Board of Directors agreed unanimously to delay any change in the Institute’s mission statement whatever the outcome of the balloting. The Directors agreed that a wide-ranging and fully open debate led by the membership will provide the guidance needed to shape any change, if necessary. Directors and staff are now considering options for engaging the membership in this discussion, and will have further information available shortly.
Some quick thoughts:
- A win for the members, but it isn’t over yet – this is the current BoD buying time.
- In case the BoD missed it, there has been a pretty vigorous debate already over the proposed change – it just wasn’t directed or controlled by the BoD and grew out of the Navy milblog insurgency and the the Editorial Board’s dissent.
- More work lies ahead, and more commentary to come. Our job isn’t over and this is no time for a victory lap. In particular, the surreptitious manner in which the BoD tried to sneak this by without open discussion and debate is especially egregious, was openly contemptuous of the membership and calls into question whether, as currently constituted, it should be allowed to continue. More to come on that topic.
In the days and weeks to come this discussion will continue – and we want you to be part of it. Be thinking about what a future BoD should look like, if the TR Center for the Study of Seapower is a good idea (just poorly conceived) – and what role it should play, if any, in the future USNI.
Dare to think, speak and write — we’ll be here to listen and debate. Openly.
Keep the faith…