NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- "What will it take to win?"
That was the question posed by Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations, who opened the Naval War College's three-day symposium on fighting terrorism, which started Oct. 29. "We must engage the enemy intellectually and seek out the terrorists and destroy them, however long it takes," said Clark. "This is a time for boldness and innovation." "The success of our campaign relies on effective use of our naval strengths ... agility, mobility and persistent firepower," said Clark.
The president of the Naval War College, Rear Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, who introduced the CNO, noted history is on our side, "We need to carry the fight to the enemy rather than waiting for him to come to us. That is what our Navy and Marine Corps has been doing for more than 200 years."
According to Rempt, the symposium, entitled "Setting our Course in the Terror War," provided a forum for continuing the thinking on how Navy operational concepts must respond to the new mission against terrorism and its supporters, while maintaining the capability to perform other essential missions.
Working groups, comprised of senior military officers and distinguished professors, met throughout the symposium to discuss a variety of topics including: "Strategy Over the Next Five Years," "Navy Contributions to Homeland Defense," "Naval Offensive Counter-Terrorism Operations," and "Naval Operational Concepts Beyond the Terror War."
At the heart of these discussions were a collection of essays, compiled since Sept. 11 by War College staff members at the direction of Rempt. These works, entitled the "Newport Papers," looked at a variety of operational and national security issues dealing with the war on terrorism.
Founded on Oct. 6, 1884, the Naval War College is the first military service institution in the world to be designated a war college. The Naval War College has a unique and longtime history of educating its students to make sound decisions in command and to develop a keen undertaking of naval strategy and management. At the War College, students are challenged to increase their professional skills, to prepare for increased command and management responsibilities, and to conduct advanced research in strategic and operational concepts.
The Center for Naval Warfare Studies was established within the college as a nexus for this research and wargaming on the naval contribution to a national strategy. The center directly complements the curriculum at the War College by providing a place for the study of important security issues which, in turn, inform and stimulate the faculty and students in the classroom.
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