November 15, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 151 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
HONORING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF VICE ADMIRAL ARTHUR K. CEBROWSKI, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 151
(Extensions of Remarks - November 15, 2005)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E2364-E2365] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF VICE ADMIRAL ARTHUR K. CEBROWSKI, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED ______ HON. MAC THORNBERRY of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, November 15, 2005 Mr. THORNBERRY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to a visionary leader, a dedicated naval officer, and a true gentleman. Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski passed away on November 12, 2005 after a lengthy illness and a lifetime of service to this Nation. Most recently, Vice Admiral Cebrowski served as the Director of the Office of Force Transformation in the U.S. Department of Defense. He was charged with helping transform the Nation's military capabilities from the post-Cold War Industrial Age to a more agile Information Age military force. But his legacy is much greater than just the leader of an office within the Pentagon. Admiral Cebrowski was, for many years, a driving force for change--an intellectual whose ideas mattered and found their way into the battlespace, the hands of the troops, and the nooks and crannies of the Pentagon. It was Vice Admiral Cebrowski who first introduced the idea of Network Centric Warfare, now a critical term of art in military strategy. It was Vice Admiral Cebrowski whose ideas on defense procurement are changing the types and quantities of ships the Navy buys and how the Department of Defense will buy satellites and services in the future. It was Vice Admiral Cebrowski who identified the need to move technology more quickly into the hands of the war fighter. He was able to push innovative equipment and tools to the troops for operational experimentation during the War on Terrorism. While intellectual honesty and vision were his trademark, he was also able to express those ideas in simple and understandable terms to others. As the Director of Force Transformation and as President of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, he was able to share his vision to educate and shape a new generation of leaders. It was a vision based on combat experience in Vietnam and Desert Storm and as a commanding officer of fighter squadrons and ships. [[Page E2365]] It is not often that a nation is blessed with a great military leader whose powerful ideas make lasting and important contributions to the future. Sometimes it is only through the passage of time and history that their greatness is recognized fully. After some decades, Rear Admiral William A. Moffett eventually became known as the father of naval aviation. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was recognized as the father of the nuclear Navy. I believe that Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski will become known as the father of a network centric military, and students of warfare and peacemaking will study his ideas and marvel at his contributions for decades to come. ____________________