Proceedings Magazine - July 2010 Vol. 136/7/1,289

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Although maritime piracy has been a threat to shipping companies and private boaters for years, it only charges to the forefront of the public's consciousness in the wake of another bold...




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  • Editor's Page

    Although maritime piracy has been a threat to shipping companies and private boaters for years, it only charges to the forefront of the public's consciousness in the wake of another bold strike by the pirates or a counterpunch delivered by...

  • Comment & Discussion

    NATO after Afghanistan

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  • Now Hear This: Like Moths to a Flame
    By Lieutenant James Drennan, U.S. Navy

    When news broke on 1 April that Somali pirates attacked a U.S. warship in the Indian Ocean, I first thought it was an April Fool's joke because certainly even pirates weren't that stupid. However, reports of an attack on a Dutch warship...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .The Olympia Needs Our Help
    By Craig Hooper

    Today, the protected cruiser Olympia (C-6) wallows off the Philadelphia waterfront, ready to sink. The Independence Seaport Museum, steward of this century-old vessel, a National Historic Landmark since 1964, is trying to recover from...

  • Answering the Call: From Civilian Lawyer in Uniform to Military Lawyer in Civvies
    By Eugene R. Fidell

    He is well-known and widely quoted as an expert on military law. Eugene Fidell was the successful defense counsel for U.S. Army Captain James J. Yee, the Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who in 2003 was accused of aiding the enemy and other...

  • From the Deckplates: Point the Finger Inward
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We often hear about "the strength of the command master chief program," as Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead was quoted in Navy Times on 14 June 2010. But the statement lacks credibility because it never presents...

  • How Does this End?
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Doing something, anything, that seems positive—while not really addressing the problem at all—seems to be the modus operandi of the multinational maritime anti-piracy elements in the Gulf of Aden. But as the months drag...
  • 'The Entire Indian Ocean is Up for Grabs'
    By Captain Edward H. Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Piracy in 2010 means more warships, and more pirates. A beefed-up naval presence has cramped the Somali pirates' style—and driven them outward to hunt in a wider area.

    Small wooden skiffs with armed barefooted...

  • Two Faces of High-Seas Crime
    By Lieutenant Commander Akash Chaturvedi, Indian Navy
    Maritime piracy and maritime terrorism must be tackled with a unified effort.

    Piracy off Somalia and the Horn of Africa is again the focus of attention due to a steep increase in the frequency of attacks that have grown...

  • Solving Somalia
    By Martin N. Murphy
    Curtailing piracy off its coasts cannot be accomplished with the military and economic weapons used to subdue maritime marauders in the Strait of Malacca. Any solution must be political in nature.

    Somalia, a parched and...

  • Pirates Beware: Force Recon Has Your Number
    By Captain Alexander Martin, U.S. Marine Corps

    My favorite article on piracy was Virginia Lunsford's "What Makes Piracy Work?...

  • What Really Happened at Wanat
    By Kirk Ross
    Immediately after this issue of...
  • The Answer Is the Carrier Strike Group . . . Now, What Was the Question?
    By Captain Victor G. Addison Jr., U.S. Navy
    With today's diverse threats and decreasing battle force, we must provide a better match between naval supply and theater demand.

    The U.S. Navy has not significantly changed its deployment strategy since the Korean War...

  • Developing the Whole Sailor
    By Vice Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline, U.S. Navy, with Captain Irv Elson, ChC., U.S. Navy, and Commander Carlos Sardiello, U.S. Navy
    Recent integrity violations indicate a disintegration of values that could threaten Fleet readiness. Can commanding officers shape their Sailors' morality and character? 

    In the spring of 2008, two student...

  • China Extends its Reach
    By Commander Jim Lewis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    China's anti-piracy efforts off Somalia show confidence in its navy's expertise at underway replenishing—a hallmark of global power.

    The deployment of Chinese combatants to the Gulf of Aden demonstrates that...

  • Taking Sides: Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    By David Goldich & Andrew Webb

    Don't Use the Military as a Social Laboratory

    By David Goldich

    When Congress repeals Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the military will salute sharply, about face, and follow the law. Letting homosexuals...

  • Use Seabees for Stability Operations
    By Lieutenant Commander Aaron Park, U.S. Navy
    An Army-type provincial reconstruction team attached to a Seabee battalion gives the combatant commander more assets for more objectives.

    Since World War II, Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCBs or Seabees) have...

  • Book Reviews

    The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

    Evan Thomas. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 470 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.99.

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    Irregular Sea Control for Counter-Piracy

    By Captain Gordan E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy (Retired)

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    By Don Walsh

    In the face of the current ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it is important to remember: regardless of this or any other similarly catastrophic mishap, oil and the oceans will be linked for many decades to come. It is a fact of life;...

  • World Naval Developments: North Korea's Gambit
    By Norman Friedman

    In mid-May the South Korean government presented clear evidence, in the form of torpedo remains with North Korean markings, that the north had sunk the southern corvette Cheonan. The torpedo was apparently a North Korean-made acoustic...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The New York City Fire Department took delivery of its newest fireboat, the Three Forty Three, on 26 May. Funded largely by federal homeland-security grant dollars, the boat is named in honor of the 343 New York City...

  • Lest We Forget: Showing the Flag . . . and Other Things
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the early morning hours of 5 April 1946, the American battleship Missouri (BB-63) headed eastward across the Sea of Marmara, accompanied by the cruiser Providence (CL-82) and the destroyer Power (DD-839). Behind her...

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