Proceedings Magazine - August 2014 Vol. 140/8/1,338


  • Mine and Undersea Warfare for the Future
    By Joshua J. Edwards and Captain Dennis M. Gallagher, U.S. Navy
    The Advanced Undersea Weapon System will provide the United States with a vital asymmetric advantage in tomorrow’s maritime conflicts.

    A resurgent regional power in the Pacific has grown successively...

  • Manning the Helm
    By Craig H. Allen Sr.
    The Coast Guard’s new leadership team should launch a critical self-study, which will help the service navigate challenging political currents.

    The 2014 summer ushered in a sweeping transition in the...

  • Revisiting the Nuclear Option
    By Lieutenant William Spears, U.S. Navy
    As naval technology increasingly relies on massive amounts of electrical power, the Navy must seriously weigh the option of designing future surface combatants with nuclear reactors.

    High-end surface...

  • Return of the Gun Line
    By Steve Paschal
    The Advanced Gun System aims to return naval gunfire support to the Fleet—but the true potential lies in the electromagnetic railgun.

    For decades, the Navy has struggled to provide adequate naval...

  • Why 1914 Still Matters
    By Norman Friedman
    Today, as a century ago, the fact that war between trading nations would be ruinous does not necessarily mean that its outbreak is impossible.

    Imagine that your closest trading partner is also your most...

  • Editor's Page

    On 30 May 2014, amid all the tradition and ceremony befitting a service chief’s change of command, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft took the helm of the Coast Guard from Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. During his tenure as Commandant, Admiral Papp made...

  • Now Hear This - Millennials Bring a New Mentality: Does It Fit?
    By Commander Darcie Cunningham, U.S. Coast Guard<p>

    I currently supervise a crew that spans five generations, with millennials (those born between 1980 and the late 1990s) abundantly represented. They have a different dynamic from generations past. I’ve struggled with their perceptions...

  • From the Deckplates - Continue the Promise to Our Neighbors
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After a decade of war in the Middle East, the Obama Administration announced a pivot to the Pacific in December 2011. The strategy seeks increased influence through new and strengthened partnerships to challenge China’s efforts to dominate...

  • Special - 'The Dawn of a New Naval Century'
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin F. Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    ‘The Dawn of a New Naval Century’

    The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1900–1909

    Digitizing ...


  • 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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  • Terrorist Naval Mines/Underwater Improvised Explosive Devices
    Peter von Bleichert

    2014 Mine Warfare Essay Contest Second Prize Winner

  • Position Open: USN Mine Warfare Champion
    Scott Truver, Ph.D.

    2014 Mine Warfare Essay Contest Third Prize Winner

    “It’s fragmented,” said retired Rear Admiral Paul Ryan, former Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Mine Warfare Command, to a Virginia Pilot...

  • A Great White Fleet for Cooperative Sea Power
    By Lieutenant Commander Craig Allen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard should be adequately resourced to deploy as an essential agent of our maritime strategy.

  • A New Arctic Strategy
    By Captain Kevin W. Riddle, U.S. Coast Guard
    U.S. Northern Command, the Coast Guard, and other relevant entities must collaborate on defensive lines of effort that address the strategic risks at stake in the increasingly important region to the north.
  • Stop the Revolution
    By Lieutenant Dave Cope, U.S. Navy
    Introducing new design attributes into the acquisition process, no matter how inspired, have the troubling effect of making success less likely.

    In the wake of the last half-century lay several ignominious...

  • CEO Notes

    It is hard to believe we are past the 50 percent mark of 2014. I am pleased to announce that our “mid-transit” report is positive:

    • The monthly rollout of digitized, word-searchable decades of Proceedings...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Time for the Next Revolution

    (See P. Molenda, pp. 46–52, July 2014 Proceedings)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - The Coast Guard Needs a Response Officer Training Program
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Justin S. Daniel, U.S. Coast Guard

    The officer corps of the U.S. Coast Guard, like that of the Navy, is organized around several operational communities. Response Ashore comprises officers who staff the service’s 35 sectors and carry out the responsibilities of the captain...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the August 2014 issue of Proceedings.


  • Book Reviews

    Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    Robert M. Gates. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 618 pp. $35.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, U.S. Army (Retired)

    There is a longstanding tradition...

  • Professional Notes

    Project Evergreen’s Long-Range Strategic Planning
    By Commander Joseph S. DuFresne, U.S. Coast Guard, and Charles W. Thomas


  • Naval Systems - Torpedo-Defense Weapon Eyed for LCS Antisub Use
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems program office at the Naval Air Systems Command is evaluating the feasibility of using a compact rapid-attack weapon (CRAW), developed originally for ship torpedo defense, as an antisubmarine-warfare (ASW)...

  • World Naval Developments - A New Military Era for Japan?
    By Norman Friedman

    Late in June Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would modify its military policy to make contributions to collective defense permissible. In the past, the “peace constitution” has been interpreted to prohibit...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    This summer 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel from more than 20 nations took part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Hosted by the U.S. Navy every other year, RIMPAC is the world’s largest...

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

    Her “birth” had been complicated and was for some a matter of serious foreboding. The great event had been scheduled for the morning of 20 September 1797 and was supposed to be a cause for great celebration. Dignitaries—...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Her Own Words: Carroll C. Brooks

    The Naval Institute Press is a pearl. I come from a family of writers and am very aware of the power of the printed word. The Institute, with its emphasis on writing and history, appeals to me. The...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.’ 

    Seneca (5 BC–65 AD)


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