U.S. Representatives Panetta and Langevin Establish Congressional Naval Education Caucus

October 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) announced that they established the Congressional Naval Education Caucus.

The caucus is dedicated to issues related to the entire naval educational enterprise, including promoting strategic naval education and organizational learning, producing leaders of character, integrity, and intelligence, studying the art of war, the profession of arms, and the history and traditions of the naval service, and advocating for lifelong learning in the naval profession to achieve the strategic viability and long-term effectiveness of the Navy and the Nation.

"U.S. military education programs must be prepared to address the challenges of the modern world. In an era of renewed great power competition and dramatic technological advancement, including autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing, developing and advancing the cognitive skills and abilities of naval officers and enlisted leaders is a strategic national priority," said Congressman Panetta. "I look forward to working with Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the entire Department of the Navy as they revitalize and modernize the Naval Education Enterprise."

"I am excited to co-chair the Naval Education Caucus with my friend and colleague Congressman Panetta," said Congressman Langevin. "I am extremely proud that the great State of Rhode Island is home to the Naval War College, an institution that has educated military leaders across the Armed Forces. For over a hundred years, the Naval War College has exemplified excellence in professional military education, and I strive to ensure that Congress supports their work and that of the entire naval educational enterprise."

Congressman Panetta represents the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), one of the Navy’s flagship educational institutions. NPS provides relevant and unique education programs with an emphasis on research, science, and technology. The student body consists of members of all the military service branches, civilians from every level of government, and international allies and partners.

"In an historic, transformative act of leadership, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Under Secretary Thomas B. Modly are leading the way in raising naval education to its rightful role as a warfare enabler.  In this Cognitive Age our nation is at a strategic inflection point. Our Education for Seapower (E4S) study from 2018 underlined what warriors have known for time immemorial: true security begins within the mind.  We are so honored, pleased and impressed that Congressman Panetta and other willing and interested Members of Congress have decided to make naval education a matter of focused interest to the Congress and the American people as well as a national security imperative. Their leadership and voice will help lead the education of our Navy and Marine Corps as well as our joint force and our nation," said NPS President, Dr. Ann E. Rondeau, Vice Admiral (Ret.) US Navy.