About the U.S. Naval Institute The U.S. Naval Institute is a non-profit membership association serving a community of individuals who participate in an open forum to debate key issues in the Sea Services. We serve our members by providing a monthly journal, Proceedings, and other news products; the Naval Institute Press publishes over eighty titles per year; our Archives protect and preserve our naval heritage; and networking and professional development programs occur via our conferences and events. Our Mission Provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Our Vision Giving voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The Naval Institute shall remain: Independent A non-profit member association, with no government support, that does not lobby for special interests; Non-Partisan An independent, professional military association with a mission, goals, and objectives that transcend political affiliations; Innovative Ideas and debate flourish through its respected journals, Proceedings and Naval History, its conferences, its books and its online content, in support of those who serve. Raise your voice and get involved in this crucial mission.
USNI CEO Tom Wilkerson is credited with helping to solve the mystery of a B-29 crew who claimed that they captured the event on film when they inadvertently flew over Hiroshima as the Enola Gay dropped the bomb: