Proceedings Magazine - August 2013 Vol. 139/8/1,326

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2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Second Prize Winner

From the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, US Maritime Forces have had to contend with...




  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

    In the June Proceedings, Captain Eyer in his “Charting a Course” column introduced retired Navy Admiral William...


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • Proceedings Survey: What is your favorite Navy rating symbol?

    U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—literally wear their jobs on their sleeves. A new policy outlined in Navy in NAVADMIN 218/16 will change all that. Most past and current Sailors will likely feel...

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  • Mines Can Wait. Can We?
    Peter von Bleichert
    2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Second Prize Winner

    From the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, US Maritime Forces have had to contend with mines.

  • Naval Mine Warfare: Historic, Political-Military Lessons of an Asymmetric Weapon
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Trevett, USA (Ret.)

    2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Third Prize Winner

    “We have lost control of the seas to a nation without a navy, using pre-World War I weapons, laid by vessels that were utilized at the time...

  • Tribute - A Man of Integrity
    By Paul Stillwell

    An interviewer gets to know another person’s approach to the world quite well when the subject describes his life in more than three dozen hours, spread over 16 sessions....

  • Risk Management for the Proficient Operator
    By Vice Admiral John P. Currier, U.S. Coast Guard
    The ability to recognize and mitigate risk is a critical component of mission success—and the sign of a true professional.

    The U.S. Coast Guard consistently demonstrates unique effectiveness...

  • It's All about the Bystanders
    By Commander Holly Harrison, Lieutenant Commander Mike Sharp, and Senior Chief Albert Fernandez, U.S. Coast Guard
    Why do highly trained and trusted people fail to act when witnessing misconduct or policy violations?

    Over the past year, the USCGC Northland (WMEC-904) had a number of small lapses in discipline...

  • Reinvent the Fifth Armed Service, Quickly
    By Captain Jim Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), and Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
    The U.S. Coast Guard is in critical condition, and it needs several key changes to stop the hemorrhaging.

    “If the Coast Guard did not exist, it would be in the best interests of the country to invent...

  • Partnering for Success
    By Commander Lou Orsini, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    In the fight against criminal organizations’ illcit activities, the maritime law enforcement cycle of success thrives on cooperation.

    From a relatively modest beginning, America’s maritime law...

  • Roadmap to the Rebalance
    By Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith, U.S. Navy
    The Navy needs to take the long view in delineating the ends, ways, and means of its shift to the Pacific.

    As the Director of the Navy’s Strategy and Policy Division for the past two years, my...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the August 2013 issue of Proceedings.

    U.S. Coast Guard...

  • 'A Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom'
    An Interview with Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The newly retired Commander European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe spoke recently with Managing Editor Fred Schultz about the challenges he faced in that job, the caliber of today’s junior officers and enlisted, and the...

  • Learning from IEDs
    By Commander Thomas S. Reynolds, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Winnner
    Dealing with roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq prompted the Army and Marine Corps to make major changes in their...
  • Creating Integrated Warfighting Capabilities
    By Vice Admiral David Dunaway, U.S. Navy
    To meet increasing demands with decreasing budgets, ‘integration and interoperability’ become words for the Navy to to live by.

    The United States has the greatest navy in the world. Free...

  • Neglected Intelligence: The Japanese in the Solomons Campaign
    By John Prados
    While the Japanese did enjoy some success in intercepting American radio traffic in the Pacific Theater of World War II, their effort would never compare to more sophisticated U.S. capabilities.

    During the...

  • Editor's Page
    by Paul Merzlak

    Proficiency. It’s been the watchword of Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. since shortly after he became the Coast Guard’s 24th Commandant in May 2010. To ensure the Coast Guard’s continued mission success, he directed the service to...

  • CEO Notes
    by Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

    Strategic thinking; proposals for strengthening and advancing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; challenges to conventional wisdom; and histories published in Proceedings since 1874 collectively are a national treasure. One of our...

  • Comment and Discussion

    IOOS Is Taking the Ocean’s Pulse

    (See D. Walsh, p. 86, July 2013 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This - Changing Times Bring Uncertainty
    By Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Among today’s many fast-moving changes are the very real prospect of U.S. energy independence, the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, and the advent of 3D printing. Each...

  • Nobody Asked me, But. . . - Where Is the Sea Control?
    By Lieutenant Jason H. Chuma, U.S. Navy

    Introductory Navy history courses typically begin with lectures on traditions and progress in the service’s purpose: to fight and win our nation’s wars. We then...

  • From the Deckplates - Our Solemn Vow
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    It really isn’t surprising Americans are losing faith in their most important institutions. Across the board, we are less surprised each time a scandal is reported at a major...

  • Book Reviews

    Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

    Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher, eds. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2013. 256 pp. $15.99

    Reviewed by Brian Castner

  • Professional Notes

    The Coast Guard Needs Designated Instructor Pilots

    By Lieutenant Brian Boland, U.S. Coast Guard

    From 2008 through 2012, Coast Guard aviation experienced an unusually high number of Class-A mishaps, resulting in...

  • U.S. Navy - The LCS Games Continue
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy’s leadership is making a full-court press to “save” the littoral combat ship (LCS). Twenty of the vessels are in service or under construction, with...

  • Naval Systems - Navy Pushes Hard on Seabasing as Montford Point Delivers
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The U.S. Navy notified General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in June of a modification to a contract awarded in early 2012 for construction of a new...

  • World Naval Developments - The Perils of Russian Shipbuilding
    By Norman Friedman

    Early in July the Indian Navy announced that it was finally running acceptance trials for its Russian-built carrier, the Vikramaditya. The ship, which began life as the...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 5 June Norway announced the first live fire ship-to-ship engagement test of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM). The new antiship weapon was launched from the Steil, a stealthy 260-ton Skjold-class air-cushion patrol boat....

  • Lest We Forget - Lewis Warrington
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Joining the Navy as a midshipman at the age of 18 in January 1800, Lewis Warrington’s subsequent career was in many ways typical of the time. He saw his first action in the...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Appreciation: Frank B. Kelso

    One of the more popular oral histories in the Naval Institute’s collection is that of Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, USN (Ret.), who died unexpectedly in late June just shy of his 80th birthday. While...

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