A retired U.S. Navy captain, Lloyd LeCain today maintains an active professional career as CEO of Executive Concepts, a military contractor headquartered in Washington, DC. Outside the office, he actively participates in the proceedings and functions of a host of professional, religious, and fraternal organizations. In addition to the Knights of Columbus, the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, and the National Rifle Association, Captain Lloyd LeCain belongs to the Military Offers’ Association of America, the Naval War College Foundation, and the United States Naval Institute.

With its headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) is an independent forum dedicated to the study of issues surrounding national security, especially sea power and related topics. Its membership is open to anybody who wants to be part of an ongoing, unbiased conversation about the security of the United States and the role of the sea services – the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines – in preserving that security. Despite its location on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, USNI maintains its financial and intellectual independence both from the official military structure and the U.S. government.

USNI sponsors several conferences around the country every year at which issues of timely impact are debated. Its monthly magazine, Proceedings, was first published in 1874, the year after the USNI was founded. The early members of USNI met to discuss matters of professional interest at the time, such as the realities of a smaller, post-Civil War Navy in the face of an increasing cohort of challenges. The content of these discussions was distilled and printed in Proceedings and distributed throughout the fleet.

The modern magazine’s content, written by military professionals and civilians, addresses current affairs as well as historical issues, and reinforces the institute’s position as a thought leader. Naval History, a bi-monthly periodical that debuted in 1987, focuses on analyzing and understanding naval issues throughout history. In addition, the USNI Press publishes books that sometimes appeal to a much broader audience. Tom Clancy’s 1984 debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, was published by the USNI Press.

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