Proceedings Magazine - January 2008 Vol. 134/1/1,259

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The Sword and the Olive Branch

I feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue, bubbling over with fresh ideas and perceptive...


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The Sword and the Olive Branch

I feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue,...

The Navy's Not Serious About Riverine Warfare
The oft-stated reemphasis on littoral operations by the Navy's top leaders has been nothing but window dressing, this author...
Is the 313-Ship Fleet Realistic?
With no price-cap deal between the Navy Department and shipbuilders for the littoral combat ship, the program is in trouble—...
A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century
With the elevation of humanitarian assistance/disaster response to a core mission of the Navy in the new maritime strategy, it is...
Separate but Equal
The Navy needs to focus on line officer specialization now more than ever.

It is a calm, cool evening in a remote stretch...

Fill the Middle Gap Rediscover the Corvette
The new maritime strategy calls for a global presence. We need large numbers of corvette-size warships—cheap and tough—...
The Coconut Chicken Chronicles
Navy chow goes upscale with the help of professional chefs.


Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath
The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history.

The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for...

Bring Personnel Management into the 21st Century
Time to modernize. The current system is a relic, creaky and counterproductive.

Since the Cold War ended, we have seen...

Stop Blaming the Press
Commanders should think of journalists as they do the weather—not try to control what they report.

Recently, I...

Budget Battles, Interest Groups, and Relevancy in a New Era: The Ship-of-the-Line USS Pennsylvainia

Debates over what types of ships to build are as old as the Republic itself.

There was a costly, unpopular, long war under way against...

Training for the Wrong Fight
A Remembrance: '31-Knot' Burke

In June 1954 I was beginning my first-class year as an NROTC midshipman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For our summer cruise...

Comment & Discussion

Clausewitz 2007

(See K. K. Miller, p. 10, December 2007 Proceedings)

Firing on the Up Roll: Tet Remembered

What an irony! This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War and a campaign that has become...

Now Hear This: Bait and Switch

Did the Navy's future littoral combat ship (LCS) sail for the first time on 4 December 2007, painted in Coast Guard colors?

Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Fewer Medals Faster

Remember the days when generals and admirals like Marshall, Eisenhower, and Nimitz chose to wear only a single row of ribbons on their uniforms?...

Book Reviews

Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century

Ralph Peters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books...

Professional Notes

Etiquette at Sea

By Captain Joe Sensi, U.S. Navy

With battle group operations less frequent today, along with the advent of e-mail...

World Naval Developments: Oil, Oil, Everywhere?

How important is the rising price of oil? A few months ago it was said that if it cost more than about $60 per barrel, the U.S. Navy would do well...

Combat Fleets

On 5 October 2007, Belgium retired the Westdiep, its fourth and final Wielingen-class frigate. The ship, shown...

Lest We Forget: "Deke"

With the Pacific war in its third year, William Parsons wanted—indeed expected—to be commanding ships at sea at this point in his...

Naval Institute Foundation

New Year's Resolution: Planned Gift for USNI

For most people, the start of a new year is a time for reflecting and planning. We think...

From Our Archive
'It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise.'

-Eric Hoffer (1902-83)...

Books in Brief

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 451 pp. Illus. Bib....


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