Proceedings Magazine - January 2013 Vol. 139/1/1,319

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The LCS has weathered some controversial heavy seas in the past—some real, some perceived—but the program is still a major player in the U.S. Navy’s...



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  • Littoral Combat Ship: All Ahead Full!
    By Rear Admiral Tom Rowden, U.S. Navy
    The LCS has weathered some controversial heavy seas in the past—some real, some perceived—but the program is still a major player in the U.S. Navy’s immediate future.

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  • Make Way for Small Craft
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    Tomorrow’s Navy mix should include scrappy ‘guerrilla-warfare’ vessels to prevail in the littorals.

    In the coming decades, naval power is likely to grow in importance for U.S....

  • Sea Swap Redux
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    Crew rotation can work in the littoral combat ship, but the Navy will have to adopt proven maintenance practices and technologies.

    A year ago, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told the...

  • A Sea Change in Standing Watch
    By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy, with Dr. Nita Shattuck
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  • Reclaiming Antisubmarine Dominance
    By Captain Stephen J. Coughlin, U.S. Navy
    Surface warfare officers, submariners, and aviators should be educated as a team against undersea threats.

    After the Cold War, it made sense to divert shrinking defense dollars to priorities other than...

  • The Case for Forward Partnership
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    The United States needs a new, maritime-based grand strategy that fosters mutually supportive alliances, not chronic dependency on the global cop.

    America’s so-called “unipolar moment”...

  • This Time, It's Different
    By Captain Richard M. Miller, U.S. Navy
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  • Study War Much More
    By Milan Vego
    As Roman military science essayist Flavius Vegetius Renatus said ca. AD 378, qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum: whoever desires peace should prepare for war.

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  • Trident II: Flipping a Flop
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    On 21 March 1989 the...

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