CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
29 April 1998
Dear Dr. Alberts,
On 31 March, I was briefed on the results of the Naval Studies Board report, “Technology for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 2000-2035.” I was greatly impressed by the exceptional thoughtfulness and relevance of your work. I look forward to using the study recommendations in Navy’s planning and programming process as we move toward the twenty-first century.
As a follow on to Ehat superb work, I would like you to consider undertaking a new study, “Transition to Network-Centric Naval Forces.” I believe that realization of the full potential of network-centric warfare will prove critical to the operational success of future naval forces. It is a concept which I find very exciting and I request your assistance in helping that concept become reality. Should you agree to undertake such an analysis, my staff will develop detailed terms of reference for the study in consultation with the Chairman and Director of the Naval Studies Board.
As always, thank you for your support. I truly value our close working relationship with the National Academy of Sciences and look forward to working with you on this important new study.
Jay L. Johnson
Dr. Bruce M. Alberts
National Academy of Sciences
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