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A century later, the story lives on: Human drama on an epic scale—even though the stage was the desolate North Atlantic, and the only audience was the players themselves. In all of maritime...
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The buildup of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has caused quite a stir with the United States and its allies over the past few years. But China hardly has us over a barrel.
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The U.S. military and civilian agencies should collaborate to wage successful counterinsurgency—not battle each other.
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By: Daniel J. Demers
In 1941, a weekend pass in San Francisco and an impetuous sailor’s good intentions erupted into an international incident with Nazi Germany.

From this Month's
Proceedings Magazine

Editor's Page
The strength of the Naval Institute’s open forum has always been its contributors, those who accepted the challenge to read, think, speak, and...
CEO Notes
Many Members have recently spoken to me about the particularly important moment in which we find ourselves. Without getting too philosophical, there...
Comment & Discussion
Advocating Naval Heresy (See R. B. Watts, pp. 48–53, June 2015 Proceedings)
Now Hear this - Constructive, Not Disruptive, Thinking
For the past year, I’ve been quietly observing the discussions among young officers in our Navy on “disruptive thinking.” I reached...
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - The U.S. Coast Guard Must Retain Its Most Talented Officers
Are the Coast Guard’s officer assignment and precedence-based officer promotion systems outdated? The Coast Guard, which employs some of the...

From this Month's
Naval History Magazine

On Our Scope

Naval History readers wishing to transcend the printed word can get a tactile feel for sailor life by visiting one of the more than 160...


Thomas B. Allen is well known for his writing on the subjects of espionage and military history. His books include ...

Looking Back - Return to a Different Place

Some of the happiest memories of my naval experience are from the spring of 1969 when both my...

In Contact

A Group Photo Brings Back Memories

Vice Admiral John Nyquist, U.S. Navy, Retired

Armaments & Innovations - The Pocket Polaris

While the Polaris ballistic missile was being developed in the mid-1950s, many submarine officers must have wondered whether the great bulk of U.S...

U.S. Naval Institute Blog


In the interest of full disclosure, I, too, have missed a few elections. I was more interested in buying lottery tickets at eighteen than casting...


Please join us at 5pm (EDT) on 30 Aug 2015 for Midrats Episode 295: “NATO Goes Back to Fundamentals” With Jorge Benitez: From the...


This post originally appeared here, at Ms. In the Biz. It is re-posted with the author’s permission. Before I moved to Los Angeles two years...


This speech was sent to us from Kuwait by Lieutenant Colonel Jess Mullen, USMC. While the video quality may be poor, the message is strong (but...


The Exit Interviews series provides an opportunity to capture and share the honest and thoughtful insights of those members of the naval service...

Naval History Blog

Monument of the Month: The Naval Academy Skyhawk

One chilly December night in 1976, nearly the entire Naval Academy Cass of 1980 gathered in front of the Halsey Field House, dressed in their...

The Union Navy’s Stubby Gun

By Spencer C. Tucker Adapted from “Armaments and Innovations,” Naval History, April 2014   The 13-inch Civil War sea mortar was a formidable...

The Posterity of the Ganges

“The first naval vessel sent to sea by the United States following the adoption of the Constitution is almost forgotten. This ship,”...

‘The Stern Hit the Water with a Jar’

For the first time since 2009, undersea explorers, with support from the NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, today are investigating...

Landing the Planes

An excerpt from “‘The Big E’ Leadership Factory,” by Barrett Tillman, in the October 2015 issue of Naval History. Leadership also was evident on...


Conferences and Events

Coast Guard Academy Conference

Mon, 2015-09-21

As part of The U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2015-2016 Leadership Lecture Series The U.S. Naval Institute presents 21st Century...

2015 Naval History Conference

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