Proceedings Magazine - December 2009 Vol. 135/12/1,282

Old Mag ID: 
Cover Story

This month we revisit a topic that we last looked at in detail in our December 2005 issue—simulation and training. Four years may seem like a short span, but in the world of simulation...



Members Only

  • Editor's Page

    This month we revisit a topic that we last looked at in detail in our December 2005 issue—simulation and training. Four years may seem like a short span, but in the world of simulation systems, it's a generation. During that time,...

  • Comment & Discussion

    The First Line of Defense

    (See B. Wachendorf, pp. 22-26, November 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Understanding China
    By Captain Timothy Hsia, U.S. Army

    American foreign policy for the past decade has centered on the Middle East: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear ambitions, terrorism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and energy concerns. But in the coming years our nation will...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...It's Time to Scrap Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    By Lieutenant C. Randolph Whipps, U.S. Navy

    Diversity is a strategic priority in the Navy. Sailors are to embrace "individual uniqueness, race, gender, ethnicity, cultural heritage, geographical background, religion, education, talent, skills, ideas, creativity and experience."...

  • Answering the Call: 'The Yankees Are Up There, but Not as High'
    By Jerry Coleman

    Ballplayer, sportscaster, manager, Marine Corps aviatorformer New York Yankees second-baseman Jerry Coleman succeeded at all of these. Guess which one he prizes most?

    By any standard, I've had a great career....

  • From the Deckplates: Navy Diversity is Off Course
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Recent decisions by the U.S. Naval Academy have shown that we are off course when it comes to diversity.

    In June 2009, Professor Bruce Fleming shed light on the Academy's diversity application process. Fleming is (or at least was) a...

  • Simulation: The (Almost) Real Thing
    By Art Pine
    Military simulation facilities have come a long way from even a few years ago. Many now are sophisticated enough to mimic real-life operations. Some are absolutely eye-popping. And they've become standard fixtures in the...
  • A Visionary Readiness Tool
    By Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy
    Fleet Synthetic Training is revolutionizing the way the Navy and its joint and Coalition partners are preparing for the fight.

    In an embattled region of the world, terrorists and insurgents continuously perpetrate acts of...

  • Conan Beats Serena (or Pursuing Craftsmanship in Navy Training)
    By Captain Rolf Yngve, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    When it comes to naval warfare training, when and where should simulation give way to real live experience?

    In February 2007, late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien challenged tennis savant Serena Williams to a match...

  • 'Ready, Aye Ready'
    By Vice Admiral Dean McFadden, Canadian Navy
    Canadian and U.S. sea power are closely tied in a world defined increasingly by ocean politics.

    Next year, Canada's navy will celebrate its 100th year of service. That's a great moment in the life of any national...

  • Mahan's Lingering Ghost
    By James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara
    [Editor's Note: The September 2011  issue of Modern Ships has run a Chinese translation of this article. You may view it here]
  • 'A Message from Asia to the World'
    By Lieutenant Jeremy D. Crestetto, U.S. Navy
    U.S. and Japanese collaboration on ballistic-missile defense has firmly grabbed the attention of Beijing. What impact is it having on strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific region?

    On 18 December 2007, the Japanese...

  • Common Sailors—Uncommon Achievements
    By Admiral J. W. Greenert, U.S. Navy

    Among the privileges of commanding U.S. Fleet Forces was the opportunity to visit the Fleet and to witness the professionalism, ingenuity, and adaptability of our Sailors firsthand. During my tour, I spent a week in the Central Command area of...

  • The Dark Side of Maritime Awareness
    By Commander James Kraska, U.S. Navy
    On its surface, maritime domain awareness is appealing, but its application carries a destructive potential for freedom of the seas.

    Maritime domain awareness poses one of the greatest challenges to the principle of...

  • Is a Navy without Ships Still a Navy?
    By Captain R. V. Gusentine, U.S. Navy
    It's Quadrennial Defense Review season. The Navy should consider new ideas for the coming era of irregular warfare.

    As we prepare for the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review to revalidate or adjust...

  • Inside the New Maritime Strategy
    By Lieutenant John Ennis, U.S. Navy Reserve
    Sparks flew, but the team that crafted A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower came up with a document that may yet guide national strategy.

    Two years after it was published, A Cooperative Strategy...

  • Book Reviews

    Theodore Roosevelt's Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century

    Henry J. Hendrix. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009. 230 pp...

  • Professional Notes

    Adopt the Coast Guard Academy's Feedback System

    By Midshipmen Kristen Keelor and Paul Mallory, U.S. Naval Academy

    In 2008, we spent a semester at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, as service academy exchange...

  • Naval Systems: PEO Ships: A Shipbuilding Primer
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy's Program Executive Office for Ships (PEO/S) is sharpening its shipbuilding management strategy through a top-level appraisal of Navy and shipyard practices to meet higher expectations from Navy and DOD leadership and Congress. The...

  • World Naval Developments: Russia Shops Around
    By Norman Friedman

    What might once have seemed a fantasy now seems more realistic. A year ago senior Russian visitors to the Euronaval show in Paris expressed interest in the French Mistral class amphibious carrier. A spokesman said that it was "not...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Malaysian Navy experienced a setback in October when one of its largest ships, the Sri Inderapura, an 8,500-ton (full load) tank landing ship, suffered a devastating fire. The incident, which did not result in any...

  • Lest We Forget: Mediterranean Monotony
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG-17) had been cruising off the coast of Algeria for many days. Jokes were circulating that the next issue of nautical charts for the region would include the ship. All alone she steamed slowly back and forth...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Northrop Grumman-U.S. Naval Institute Partnership Flourishes in 2009

    "Next year, the U.S. Air Force will procure more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft," Air Force Lieutenant General Norman R. Seip, commander of Twelfth...

  • From Our Archive
    'Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy. . .'

    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

  • Advertisements
  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the December issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The...

  • Books in Brief
    By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    An Act of Piracy: The Seizure of the American-flag Merchant Ship Mayaguez in 1975

    Gerald Reminick. Palo Alto, CA: The Glencannon Press, 2009. 330 pp. Illus. Appens. Notes. Bib. Index. $22.95.


Conferences and Events

Maritime Security Dialogue

Wed, 2016-11-02

You are cordially invited to: The Role of Space in Maritime Operations A discussion with RADM(SEL) Christian "Boris"...

Defense Forum Washington 2016

WEST 2017

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

View All

From the Press

Guest Lecturer & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-10-30

Book Launch Party

Wed, 2016-11-02

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 135 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership