Proceedings Magazine - January 2010 Vol. 136/1/1,283

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Since the dawn of naval aviation, a raging debate recurs, usually around budget time, over the value and practicality of building and maintaining extremely expensive aircraft carriers. The...



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    Since the dawn of naval aviation, a raging debate recurs, usually around budget time, over the value and practicality of building and maintaining extremely expensive aircraft carriers. The defenders of these power-projection vessels then rally...

  • Comment & Discussion

    The Dark Side of Maritime Domain Awareness

    (See J. Kraska, pp. 5661, December 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Obama's Afghanistan
    By Captain James F. Kelly Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    President Barack Obama finally handed down his long-awaited decision on Afghanistan in early December. To the surprise of no one, it reflected a compromise; not the full 40,000 additional troops that General Stanley McChrystal had requested, but...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Arm the Forces
    By Barrett Tillman

    Speaking about the British Army, the Duke of Wellington reportedly once said, "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me."

    In the wake of the 5 November 2009 Fort Hood massacre...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Was a Golf Pro for Uncle Sam'
    By Billy Casper

    He won 51 professional golf tournaments during his legendary career, earning him a spot as seventh on the list of the sport's all-time greats. And he went on to win eight more times on the Senior tour and design golf courses across the...

  • From the Deckplates: Powerful Military Tools
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy, (Retired)

    Social networking and new media tools are increasingly popular. Combined, they are known as Web2.0, indicating a rebirth of sorts for the Internet. They are powerful aids for communicating with large groups of people, but applying them to the...

  • Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    America's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, especially in today's irregular, asymmetric warfare climate, could be little more than slow-moving targets.

    The recently renewed debate over aircraft carrier...

  • Finding Our Balance at Sea
    By Milan Vego
    The U.S. Navy needs to restructure for all types of maritime conflict.

    Despite all the claims to the contrary, the U.S. Navy remains essentially a blue-water force. Its rhetoric on the shift toward fighting in the...

  • You Can't Always Give What You Want
    By Captain Victor George Addison, U.S. Navy
    In the new world of joint operations, the Navy's strong suit is to take the lead-in a supporting role.

    A naval officer's reaction when reading U.S. Joint Forces Command's (JFCOM) "Capstone Concept for...

  • SWO School Tunes Up
    By Rear Admiral Scott Jones, U.S. Navy, and Phil Howell
    Surface Warfare Officer School returns to basics and a deckplate ethos, with technologies to give the next generation of surface warriors the edge.

    'What's the difference between a good naval officer and a great...

  • A Wiring Diagram that Works
    By Captain Ralph L. Tindal, U.S. Navy
    A former commodore presents a case study of what organizational changes Destroyer Squadron 2 made to meet readiness challenges head-on.

    Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pins are pasted upside-down on the cover of Navy...

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages
    By Commander Stephen J. Coughlin, U.S. Navy
    In service, the 14 coastal patrol ships of the Cyclone class have had an impact far beyond their numbers and size. But beyond that, they serve as a prototype for future littoral and irregular operations, and perhaps a different U.S...
  • Reviving the Chiefs' Mess
    By Captain Kevin S. Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Surface Navy chief petty officers at all levels suffer from career broadening, which stretches them beyond their areas of expertise.

    First, I am obviously not a chief petty officer, nor have I ever been one. But I have...

  • All In!
    By Rebecca Grant
    The Pentagon will never be confused with Vegas, but at least one defense program?the F-35-bears the earmarks of a very high-stakes poker game. With all the chips on the table, the list of losers could be worse than the roster from...
  • Three COINs Are Better than One
    By Lieutenant Commander Andrew K. Ledford, U.S. Navy
    To return any kind of stability to volatile regions, the Department of Defense and the State Department must begin to work together.

    For the past six years, the military buzzwords have been "counterinsurgency (COIN),...

  • Make Way for the Cyber Fleet!
    By Commander James H. Mills, U.S. Navy
    The Navy needs to make hard choices-now-to prepare for cyberspace operations.

    Cyberspace is a global commons, just as the high seas, international airspace, and space over time have become. It is made up of electronic...

  • Thinking Across the Boxes
    By Rear Admiral Robert P. Girrier, U.S. Navy

    Warfare will increasingly involve orchestrating cooperative efforts.

    We all have frames of reference that describe our work, abstract boxes that are useful for defining and ordering our activities. The notion of thinking outside the box...

  • Book Reviews

    A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon

    Neil Sheehan. New York: Random House, 2009. 560 pp. Interviews. Source Notes. Bib. Index. $32.
    Reviewed by Norman Friedman

    Neil Sheehan's...

  • Professional Notes

    Training with Greek Warriors
    By Captain Christopher R. Davis, U.S. Navy Reserve

    The Hellenic Navy's establishment of the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, Crete, represents a...

  • Oceans: A Dive to the Bottom of the Sea . . . 50 Years Later
    By Don Walsh

    On 23 January 1960 the Navy's Bathyscaph Trieste dove to the deepest place in the world's oceans. This was the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench where the depth is 35,840 feet. I was

    on board as the naval officer in command of...

  • World Naval Developments: All Jammed Up
    By Norman Friedman

    At Paris in June 2009 and again at Zhuhai in November, the Chinese displayed drawings of a new SW-6 anti-radar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is characterized as a "radar-interfering UAV," which might mean either that it will simply...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    November 2009 was a month of mixed messages for the Russian Navy. On 16 November President Dmitry Medvedev visited Singapore and Russia's Slava-class cruiser Varyag, shown here, where he spoke of plans to increase naval...

  • Lest We Forget: Casey and Davey Jones Join Forces
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Charles Peshall Plunkett graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1879. He later served in Admiral George Dewey's squadron at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War, commanded the battleship North Dakota (BB-29) and the armored cruiser South...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Her Own Words: Ingrid S. Beach

    I am delighted to support the U.S. Naval Institute and especially the Naval Institute Press. This unique organization that supports our Navy, scholars, and readers in so many ways has a very special...

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