Proceedings Magazine - May 2010 Vol. 136/5/1,287

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In the annual Naval Review we look forward each May to hearing from the senior leaders of the Sea Services and this year is no different. We lead off the 2010 Review with a look inside





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    In the annual Naval Review we look forward each May to hearing from the senior leaders of the Sea Services and this year is no different. We lead off the 2010 Review with a look inside

    the new Quadrennial Defense Review from Chief of Naval...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Through a Chinese Lens

    (See P. A. Dutton, pp. 24—29, April 2010 Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral Eric A. McVadon, U.S. Navy (Retired), Consultant on East Asia Security Affairs—Commander Dutton describes well "...

  • Now Hear This - Homecoming after War
    By Lieutenant Jessica Barrientos, U.S. Navy

    Ticker tape parades no longer exist. Parades only happen when wars definitively end. Now the progress of war is measured by when we turn over responsibilities to local police or army. This means it isn't as easy to recognize veterans...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .Eliminate the Career Status 'Bonus'
    By Captain John Burnham, U.S. Navy

    What if one of your people came to you with a contract for a $22,000 loan with these terms:

    • No payments until retirement from active duty


    • Upon retirement, you pay one-fifth of each pension check plus an amount...
  • Answering the Call: Reflections of a 90-Day Wonder
    By Robert M. Morgenthau

    He recently retired from a 48-year career as a crusading prosecutor, first as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and later as District Attorney for Manhattan. As with so many successful men and women in the United States, Robert...

  • From the Deckplates: The Smoking Lamp is Out . . . For Some
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    While the submarine force was preparing to observe the community's 110th anniversary, and remembering the 10 April 1963 loss of the USS Thresher (SSN-593), others were introducing yet another Fleet social experiment.

    Right before these...

  • Inside QDR 2010: What Does It Mean?
    By Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy
    The Navy's senior officer draws parallels between the new maritime strategy and the latest Quadrennial Defense Review.

    We entered the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) confident about the relevance of naval forces...

  • Inside QDR 2010: Not Business as Usual
    By Vice Admiral William R. Burke, U.S. Navy
    The U.S. Navy's man behind the new QDR explains how this one is different.

    Many commentators have already called the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) a continuation of the status quo, since it does not eliminate...

  • Teaching the Ropes
    By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy
    The Afpak Hands Program may be one of the smartest tools for achieving peace we possess.

    Sailors have always mentored new hands and helped them "learn the ropes." This tradition stretches back to the earliest...

  • Reintegrating Our Wounded Warriors
    By Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
    "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." -President Theodore Roosevelt

    When the military history of this era and these two wars is one day...

  • The Unbearable Being of Jointness
    By Commander Bryan McGrath, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The Goldwater-Nichols Act helped streamline and strengthen the U.S. military-but in stifling service-branch advocacy, has it thrown out the baby with the bathwater...
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    By Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Novack, U.S. Marine Corps
    The conflicts over the past eight years have placed the Marine Corps far from its maritime origin. To get back on track, the Corps has a plan...
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    By Vice Admiral Kevin P. Green, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    To soften a combat zone for insertion of U.S. ground troops, we already have an answer: the Electromagnetic Launcher (EML).

    Over the past couple of years, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has argued forcefully for weapon...

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    By Captain Lawson W. Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Globalization, climate change, and geopolitics converge in this already challenging region.

    The maritime Arctic continues to experience a steady pace of development and expansion of marine operations. During the past year...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2009
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2009 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are widely recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the Sea Services. Because this list...

  • Book Reviews

    Allies against the Rising Sun: The United States, the British Nations, and the Defeat of Imperial Japan

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    When Christopher Columbus came upon the New World in 1492, his historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean had taken five weeks. Since then various records have been set for traversing the Atlantic. There is the famous "Blue Ribband" award...

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    In March, the Korean corvette Cheonan sank near the border between North and South Korea after suffering an explosion aft. The ship was in shallow water, about 30 meters deep, near South Korea's Baengnyeong Island. The situation between the...

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    In February Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands christened and launched the first of a new class of offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Dutch Navy. Dubbed the Holland, this new patrol ship is the first of four vessels ordered in late 2007. At...

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

    Today, we take for granted the existence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but what is less known is that one of the early pioneers in that technology was President John F. Kennedy's older brother.

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    The global maritime sector could have done without the year 2009. Such is the view of those associated with the business of shipping. I and many other analysts had forecast considerable chaos last year, and the markets lived up to that sad...

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