Proceedings Magazine - January 2019

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  • Rethink the ‘J’ in JPME
    By Lieutenant Commander Graham Scarbro, U.S. Navy

     

    Perhaps more than “jointness,” the Navy needs warfighters who understand the service beyond their own...

  • More Comment & Discussion from January

    Realistic Trauma Training Hones Surgical Teams

    (See J. Malone, et al., pp. 54–57, December 2018)

    ...

  • Breaking Faith with America's Coast Guard
    By Admiral Paul Zukunft, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The Coast Guard ice breaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), currently on duty in the dangerous waters of Antarctica, is more than 40...

  • The Proceedings Podcast
    Ward Carroll and Bill Hamblet

  • Proceedings Today Photo of the Week: 18 January 2019

    The crew on board the Motor Life Boat Invincible II from Coast Guard station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington prepares to...

  • Build Statues of Critics
    By Lieutenant Katelyn Davidson and Commander Josh Menzel, U.S. Navy

  • Navy Information Warfare Needs More Resources—and Command at Sea
    By Captain Tony Butera, U.S. Navy

  • This Senseless Government Shutdown Is Harming Coast Guard Families
    By Admiral Thad W. Allen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    (A Coast Guard helicopter crew delivers an injured woman to a Warrenton, Oregon, EMS team for transport to a hospital in 2018. U.S. Coast...

  • Expeditionary Forces Are America's Military Crown Jewel
    By Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    An F-35B Lightning II performs a vertical landing on board USS America (LHA-6). (U.S. Marine Corps/Thor Larson)

  • Build the Future Fleet
    By Vice Admiral Barry McCullough, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Pinpointing the right number of ships for the U.S. Navy’s fleet is a long-running debate. And while fleet size is important, it...

  • Converting Merchant Ships to Missile Ships for the Win
    By Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Ret.); Andrew Kerr; Kenneth Adams; Christopher Abt; Michael Venn; and Colonel T. X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

  • Editor's Page
    By Bill Hamblet, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Welcome to 2019! This issue marks the 13th straight year that the January Proceedings has been focused largely on the Surface Navy—corresponding with the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium.

  • CEO Notes
    By Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.), Life Member and Member since 1978

    Jack C. Taylor Conference Center

  • Comment & Discussion

     

    To Innovate, Doctrine is More Important than Technology 

    (See S. Humr, Proceedings Today...

  • Handling the San Antonio–Class LPD
    By Lieutenant Michael Murphy and Captain Brent DeVore, U.S. Navy

    The USS Somerset (LPD-25) transits the Pacific in 2016. The LPD-17 design requires unique shiphandling considerations....

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  • The Marine Corps Needs Organic Air Defense
    By Lieutenant John Miller, U.S. Navy

    The Army’s multimission launcher (part of the indirect-fire protection program) will provide 360-degree protection and engage...

  • Surface Warfare Officers Need Mariner Credentials
    By Captain John C. Nygaard, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The crew of MV Sunshine State takes the ship to sea from Pascagoula, Mississippi. The...

  • Oceans: Russia Developing New Arctic LNG Marine Routes
    By Captain Lawson Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The Christophe de Margerie-class ships are highly capable icebreaking LNG carriers designed to break five feet of ice while...

  • Unraveling the Maritime Silk Road
    By Ensign Charlotte Asdal, U.S. Navy

  • Stop Accessing Surface Nuclear Officers
    By Captain James P. McGrath III, U.S. Navy

    In the year since the tragic accidents involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), the...

  • Engineer-Warriors or Engineers and Warriors?
    By Captain James P. McGrath, U.S. Navy

    The Navy must find a way to balance tactical and technical proficiency in its officers.(U.S. Navy/Patrick Semales)

  • Master the Art of Risk Assessment
    By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Commander’s intent is not enough. Junior commanding officers have to learn new ways of assessing risk. U.S. Navy (Andrew Schneider)...

  • Losing the Great Pacific War for Lack of Ships and Mariners
    By Captain Douglas R. Burnett, U.S. Navy (retired), and Rear Admiral Christopher McMahon, U.S. Maritime Service

    (MARAD)

    MEMORANDUM

    30 September 2025

    From: Maritime Administrator, Maritime Administration,...

  • The Last Battleship Sailor
    By Captain Stuart Landersman, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Decommissioning plans were put on hold when the Missouri was directed to participate in the 50th...

  • Leadership Lessons from America’s Tall Ship
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeff Janaro, U.S. Coast Guard

    I had the honor of serving as navigator of a tall ship—and not just any tall ship. It was the Coast Guard Barque Eagle...

  • Reimagine Intelligence Officer Training
    By Lieutenant William N. Murray, U.S. Navy

    Chinese navy soldiers in formation during a port visit to Yangon, Myanmar. Today’s complex and sophisticated maritime threat environment...

  • Charting a Course—Prepare to Fight in the Dark
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy is awakening to a profound vulnerability in its ability to wage warfare: It increasingly is understood that the...

  • Now Hear This—Coast Guard on the Crest of Climate Change
    By Lieutenant Angel Kwok, U.S. Coast Guard

    As hurricanes increase in intensity, the demand for Coast Guard abilities is growing. With resources stretched thin, handling response...

  • Nobody Asked Me But . . . Military Courts Should Be for Military Offenses
    By Captain Devin C. Capece, U.S. Marine Corps

  • From the Deckplates—At War with Peace
    By Petty Officer First Class Justin N. Smith, U.S. Navy

  • Nobody Asked Me But . . . Don’t Restrict SWO Qualification
    By Commander Edward M. G. Rankin Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The recent changes to the surface warfare officer (SWO) qualification are concerning, specifically the restriction on who may qualify....

  • Special—Forever with the Yorktown
    By Commander Don Lovelace, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Then nine years old, the author poses with his father at their Coronado, California, house only a few months before the accident...

  • Leadership Forum—Trust Must Go Both Ways
    By Commander Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    Vice Admiral William Sims (second row, second from right), shown here with his staff circa 1918, believed that good subordinates showed...

  • Proceedings Today Photo of the Week: 11 January 2019

    Performance division recruits carry state flags during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at...

  • The Navigation Profile of Aegis Ships
    By Lieutenant Commander Nami Matsue, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force; and Captain Shoji Fujimoto, Kobe University

    JS Atago (DDG-177)

  • Book Reviews

    Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975

    Max Hastings. New York: Harper, 2018. 896 pp. Photos. Maps. Notes. $37.95.

    ...

  • World Naval Developments: Will ASW Practitioners Soon Telecommute?
    By Norman Friedman

    Antisubmarine warfare (ASW) capability can be expensive. Most navies use shipborne helicopters to employ dipping sonars and—sometimes—sonobuoys. Typically, the ship (often a frigate) makes an initial detection through its own long-...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

     

    U.S. Navy (Courtesy of Bath Iron Works)

  • World's Coast Guards: Philippine Coast Guard Strives to be World Class
    By Jim Dolbow

    Members of the Philippine Coast Guard patrol Manila Bay prior to the 2017 ASEAN summit. (Philippine Coast Guard)

  • Lest We Forget: The Forgotten Battle of Shimonoseki Straits
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Responding to attacks on foreign shipping, in 1863, the sloop Wyoming engaged three Japanese warships...

  • From Our Archive

    “Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.”

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931–2015)

    ...

  • Proceedings Today Photo of the Week: 4 January 2019

    U.S. Navy SEAL candidates during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California. (U.S. Navy/Abe McNatt)


 
 

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