Proceedings Magazine - September 2013 Vol. 139/9/1,327

Cover Story
An oncoming wave of multi-mission platforms means greater interoperability—and a necessary sea-change in traditional modes of thinking.




  • Editor's Page
    by Paul Merzlak

    There has been much talk over the past few years of a defense “reset” as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end and U.S. attention turns to the Pacific region. Change is coming, if not already here in some cases, and this reset will...

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  • Naval Aviation's Transition Starts With Why
    By Lieutenant Commander Guy M. Snodgrass, U.S. Navy
    An oncoming wave of multi-mission platforms means greater interoperability—and a necessary sea-change in traditional modes of thinking.

    Naval aviation is executing one of the largest aircraft swap-...

  • Dawn of the Expeditionary Growler
    By Commander Dave Kurtz, U.S. Navy
    The successor to the EA-6B Prowler has an effective ground-based model that offers valuable capabilities to the joint force.

    The EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft is changing the...

  • Time to Think Tactically
    By Commander Ben Reynolds, U.S. Navy
    The days of big defense budgets are over. As the money runs dry, focused maritime helicopter tactics will have an oversized strategic payoff.

    Successive Department of Defense budget cuts paired with...

  • Drones to the Rescue!
    By Daniel Goure
    The current budget squeeze has revived the debate about whether to reduce the number of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, but the prospective addition of unmanned aerial vehicles to the flattop’s arsenal will make...
  • Cede No Water: Strategy, Littorals, and Flotillas
    By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    For future naval activity that involves closer proximity to potential adversaries’ coastlines—and thus a requirement for more maneuverable ships—the Navy should consider flotilla operations....
  • Sustaining American Maritime Influence
    By Admiral John Harvey Jr., Captain Wayne Hughes Jr., and Captain Jeffrey Kline, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Zachary Schwartz, U.S. Navy
    If the United States is to maintain its naval supremacy worldwide, it must look beyond the ship designs currently in the construction pipeline.

    Along with several others, we believe the nation needs to...

  • The Future of Deterrence? Ballistic-Missile Defense
    By Maxwell Cooper
    The Ohio-class replacement program should be canceled; it is a costly anachronism in a changed global nuclear landscape.

    Ballistic-missile submarines, or “boomers,” may best be known...

  • NATO Learning Alliance
    Lieutenant (jg) Matthew Hipple, USN
    2013 Global Defense Burden Essay Contest Second Prize Winner

    “The Empires of the Future are the Empires of the Mind.”
    -Winston S. Churchill

  • The Three Key Phases of Technology Sharing Partnerships
    Tom Spahn

    2013 Global Defense Burden Essay Contest Third Prize Winner

  • Parsing The Chinese Challenge
    By Commander Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy
    As China’s navy evolves, it looks increasingly familiar.

    In his first months leading the Chinese Communist Party, General Secretary Xi Jinping has continued and expanded his predecessor’s...

  • Modernize NATO for the 21st Century
    By Lieutenant Ryan Hilger, U.S. Navy
    2013 Global Defense Burden Essay Contest Winner
    The alliance has worked well over the past 64 years, but it needs revamping to meet its post-Cold War missions...
  • CEO Notes
    by Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

    An important measure of our success is the amount of outside recognition given to our Naval Institute Press authors. Building on the Press’s proud tradition, our authors have, in recent months, received an extraordinary number of...

  • Comment and Discussion
  • Now Hear This - ‘Semper CVN!’
    By Scott C. Truver

    Winston Churchill once remarked: “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” The recent history of the Navy’s large-deck...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - We Need to Rethink Carrier-Support Aircraft
    By Rear Admiral Steven J. Tomaszeski, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy needs to take a fresh look at its carrier-support aircraft—both the tankers used for in-flight refueling and the C-2A carrier onboard delivery (COD) plane that...

  • From the Deckplates - Prepare the Citations
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    By now, the trial of Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan should have concluded with him beginning a life sentence—or awaiting a more appropriate sentence—at Fort...

  • Book Reviews

    Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

    Nick Turse. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013. 372 pp. Notes. Index. $30.00

    Reviewed by Richard A. Ruth

  • Professional Notes

    Generating Tactical Doctrine with the Air Land Sea Application

    By Lieutenant Commander Christian Goodman, U.S. Navy; and Colonel Bruce Sones, U.S. Army

    Although few may recognize the name of the...

  • U.S. Navy - A Navy Role in Syria?
    By Norman Polmar

    The United States has failed in Syria. Although President Barack Obama and several government officials have said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “must go,” the...

  • Oceans - The Dragon Learns to Dive—Part II
    By Don Walsh

    The first “The Dragon Learns to Dive” column, detailing China’s manned-submersible initiatives, appeared in the November 2009 issue of Proceedings. In...

  • World Naval Developments - China’s Great Migration
    By Norman Friedman

    In July, the Chinese government announced an initiative to move 250 million (not a misprint!) people from rural areas to cities over the next two decades. The relocation project...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Russia and China have been increasing their military cooperation throughout 2013, and in early July this growing partnership included extensive training off the coast of Vladivostok and in the Sea of Japan. Dubbed “Joint-Sea 2013,”...

  • Lest We Forget - (Don’t) Give Up the Ship
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 31 October 1803, the USS Philadelphia came under fire by Tripolitan gunboats. She had been on a blockading mission in the far-off waters of the Mediterranean when she...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Reinvigorating Oral History for the Next 50 Years

    One of the true gems in the Naval Institute’s intellectual treasure trove is its Oral History project, which is among the oldest and most respected programs in the country. The...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.’ — Vince Lombardi (1913–1970) 

    Prepping for a battle to come, aviation ordnancemen load the...


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