Proceedings Magazine - October 2011 Vol. 137/10/1,304


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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Lest We Forget: Taking the Dare
    by Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
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  • Don't Draw the (Red) Line
    By Lieutenant Colonel John A. Mowchan, U.S. Army
    Instead of setting thresholds, the United States should maintain ambiguity in responding to digital threats. That will ensure security and keep the enemy guessing.

    In a...

  • Declining Capabilities and a Rising Subsurface Threat
    By Abraham M. Denmark
    In the face of a Western Pacific underwater-fleet buildup, the United States must exploit emerging technologies and strengthen its regional partnerships to sustain dominance ‘on a budget.’
  • $400 Billion in DOD Cuts? Here's One
    By Captain Tony Heimer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The platform supposedly designed to ensure that landing craft carrying Marines reach the beach fully equipped is facing big challenges—so big some drastic measures may need to be taken.
  • Making Stovepipes Work
    By Captain Brian Wilson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A plan implemented in 2006 brought unified U.S. responses to transnational maritime threats. It provides a template for interagency cooperation as such threats expand in scope and complexity.
  • Editor's Page

    ‘And ye shall hear of red lines and rumors of red lines.” Not quite as captivating as the original “rumors of war” found in the New Testament but perhaps more appropriate to the national security arena of the 21st century...

  • Comment & Discussion

    From Humble Beginnings to ‘Where Are the Carriers?’

    (See R. Dann and G. Galdorisi, pp. 34–39, September 2011 ...

  • Now Hear This: A Different Age, A Different Navy, A Familiar Dilemma
    By Captain Stuart B. Munsch, U.S. Navy

    Transport yourself to another time. The nation has completed a distant and costly ground war that was supported at home but experienced enough unpopularity that it caused a change in political leadership. The national economy in the aftermath of...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .The Naval Militia Is Underutilized
    By Captain Michael L. Soares, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Ten years ago, 9/11 changed our psyche concerning national security and personal privacy. Our economy has become fragile due in part to military commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as reckless spending at several governmental levels....

  • ‘Leadership over Management’
    By The Honorable John McCain

    Editor’s Note: Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman’s article (September 2011 ...

  • From the Deckplates: Wake Up . . . and Speak Up!
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When will someone in Navy leadership wake up and get to the root of our problems? It seems as though the ones who “get it” are silent while the ones who perpetuate the problems hold a bully’s pulpit. It’s easier to sit...

  • Crime and War
    By Colonel Robert B. Killebrew, U.S. Army (Retired)
    As criminal organizations metamorphose into criminal states, the domains of law enforcement and the military increasingly overlap.

    The most important emerging security...

  • The False Promise of Metrics
    By Milan Vego
    U.S. leaders should not be reducing military power at all, much less comparing navies by weights and numbers.

    Recently, several senior Department of Defense officials and...

  • The New 'Coalition of the Willing'
    By Rear Admiral Terence McKnight, U.S. Navy (Retired) with Commander Peter Koebler, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander John Fage, U.S. Navy
    Maintaining international partnerships to fight piracy off the Horn of Africa could also help stabilize shifting global relations and support U.S.
  • A New Approach to Piracy
    By Commander Joshua Himes, U.S. Navy
    We need to change the conventional wisdom on ship hijacking and take the fight ashore.

    International efforts since 2005 have focused on three maritime-driven initiatives to...

  • Sail Ho or Sail No?
    By Art Pine
    Training on sailing vessels at maritime academies has long generated spirited debate. Today the ebb and flow of the argument is nowhere more apparent than at Annapolis.


  • Book Reviews

    Contemporary Maritime Piracy: International Law, Strategy, and Diplomacy at Sea

    James Kraska. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. 253 pp. Intro. Appendices. Index. $49.95.

    Reviewed by Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy...

  • Professional Notes

    RIMPAC Builds Partnerships That Last

    By Vice Admiral Richard Hunt and Rear Admiral Robert Girrier, U.S. Navy

    The Pacific Ocean forms a nexus where national interests and common approaches to...

  • Naval Systems: Installation Pace Picks Up for 'Open' Combat Systems
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit plans to deliver by year’s end the 30th and 31st sets of the Mk 2 Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS Mk 2) for installation aboard LHA-7, the second ship in the Navy’s new ...

  • World Naval Developments: A Long Wait
    By Norman Friedman

    In mid-August the Chinese carrier (which some speculate will be named the Shi Lang) put to sea for trials. This was the latest development in a long and remarkable saga, which may reflect the strength and persistence of Chinese...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Singapore received the first of its two newly rebuilt Västergötland-class (Type A-17) submarines from Sweden on 17 August. The Archer and sister Swordsman were purchased in 2005 and underwent an extensive...

  • Lest We Forget: Taking the Dare
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    At the end of the Civil War, the U.S. Navy was one of the largest in the world and, with its ironclads and advancements in ordnance and engineering, was on the cutting edge of technology. But within five years the number of ships had fallen from...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Join the Leaders!

    Our thanks to the following individuals whose generosity thus far in 2011 distinguishes them as members of The 1873 Society (for cash contributions of $5,000 or more within the calendar year) and The Leadership Circle (...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.’

    Daniel Webster (1782–1852)

    The scene may have been photographed more than 44 years ago, but it still rings...

  • The Maritime Domain Awareness Conundrum
    By Captain Eric C. Jones, U.S. Coast Guard, and Commander Joseph E. Vorbach III, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Since the terrorist attacks in 2001, threats and challenges around the ocean borders of the United States continue to require all the vigilant efforts we can muster.


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


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