Proceedings Magazine - March 2009 Vol. 135/3/1,273

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The trouble with publishing a monthly magazine is that the world doesn't stop between the time we send the next issue to our printer and the day it arrives in your mailbox.

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  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

    In the June Proceedings, Captain Eyer in his “Charting a Course” column introduced retired Navy Admiral William...


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • Proceedings Survey: What is your favorite Navy rating symbol?

    U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—literally wear their jobs on their sleeves. A new policy outlined in Navy in NAVADMIN 218/16 will change all that. Most past and current Sailors will likely feel...

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  • In This Issue

    The trouble with publishing a monthly magazine is that the world doesn't stop between the time we send the next issue to our printer and the day it arrives in your mailbox.

    But we try to be as timely as possible. David Axe's short...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Missing Element: Strategic Communication

    (See M. K. Eder, pp. 28-33, February 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: We Need More Icebreakers!
    By Rear Admiral Norm Venzke, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)<p>

    The United States icebreaker fleet is absolutely inadequate. That opinion is supported by the fact that the fleet is incapable of meeting mission requirements without a chartered foreign icebreaker.

    Why is the United States in this...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Navy Is Giving History a Bad Name
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force (Retired)<p>

    The mission of the Naval History and Heritage Command (formerly the Naval Historical Center) is to improve the quality of decision-making across the ranks by remedying the service's inadequate appreciation of its past. By the lights of the...

  • Answering the Call: Marine Warrior (and Secretary of State)
    By James A. Baker III

    Former White House Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary, and Secretary of State

  • The Commanders Respond

    Piracy. The international monetary crisis. Terrorism. Global Warming.

    These and more affect us all, so our question to naval commanders-in-chief around the world is: What is the most significant maritime security threat...

  • Welcome China to the Fight Against Pirates
    By Andrew S. Erickson, Naval War College; and Lieutenant Justin D. Mikolay, U.S. Navy <p>
    The Chinese deployment to the Gulf of Aden is historic and significant.

    The ongoing deployment of Chinese naval vessels to the troubled Gulf of Aden signals an important step in the evolution of the People's Liberation...

  • On the Defensive: United Nordic Nations
    By Dan McClure
    The nations of Scandinavia must take a hard look at their respective projected military budgets and find ways to complement each other for their common defense.

    In early 2008, the senior military service chiefs of both...

  • Aussie Frigates Reborn
    By Commodore Lee Cordner, Royal Australian Navy Reserve<p>
    A long time in coming, upgrades to Australia's Adelaide-...
  • World Navies in Review
    By Eric Wertheim

    The past year has brought a host of new global challenges forcing greater cooperation among world navies. The interesting paradox of this international collaboration is that despite such combined efforts, many regions of the world are engaged in...

  • Defeating Somali Pirates on Land: The Kenya Connection
    By David Axe

    The author of several past Proceedings articles from hot spots around the world files this report from Mombasa.

    For Somali pirates, 2008 was a bumper year. In more than 100 major documented attacks, pirates seized...

  • Ready for Change
    By Leslie Wolf Branscomb
    USNI and AFCEA's 2009 West Conference confronted what the U.S. military must do to build on traditional strengths, battle cyber-threats and IEDs—and still fight to win.

    Change is upon us, and it's unavoidable...

  • Book Reviews

    The Unforgiving Minute

    Craig Mullaney. New York: Penguin Press, 2009. Maps. Author's Note. $27.95.

    Reviewed by John T. Kuehn

    Former Army officer Craig M. Mullaney's memoir is a journey of discovery that...

  • Professional Notes

    Western Pacific SONG Cooperation

    By Lieutenant Commander Shusuke Kitaguchi, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

  • Oceans: Doing the Impossible
    By Don Walsh

    A difficult or near-impossible task is sometimes described as "trying to count the fish in the sea." But since the year 2000, marine scientists have been trying to do exactly that with a ten-year global Census of Marine Life (CoML)....

  • World Naval Developments: The High Cost of Computers?
    By Norman Friedman

    The world economic downturn seems to be stopping plans by chip manufacturers to move to the next stage of chip design. This development is likely to have considerable consequences for the defense world, because it may herald the end of Moore'...

  • Lest We Forget: Slave to Diplomat
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

    On 25 July 1785, three miles southeast of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal, a small, American merchant vessel plodded along in light winds. She was the Maria out of Boston, bound for Cadiz. Among her crew of six was Seaman James Leander...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    John T. Pigott: In His Own Words

    I joined the Naval Institute 50 years ago, and emphatically recommend membership to all young men and women involved in the military. I grew up in San Francisco—then the major West Coast port and...

  • From Our Archive

    'When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.'
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

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  • Books In Brief
    By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>

    Operation Plum: The Ill-Fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific

    Adrian R. Martin and Larry W. Stephenson. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2008. 364 pp. Illus. Append. Notes. Bib....

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the March issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link...


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