Proceedings Magazine - September 2018

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Recently Vice Admiral Tom Moore, Naval Systems Sea Command (NavSea), announced an extension in...


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  • Don’t Oversell Directed Energy Weapons
    By Ashley Johnson

    The Navy cannot prioritize developing directed energy weapons over traditional weapons such as the Standard Missile 6 shown here...

  • New Tech Will Take the Navy beyond Mines
    By Dr. Peter Adair

  • Train Like an Athlete to Accelerate Readiness
    By Lieutenant Commander Renato DePaolis II, U.S. Navy

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    The Human-Machine Team Failed Vincennes

    (See A. Tingle, pp. 38–41, July 2018 and
    T. Hekman, pp. 86–87, August 2018)

    Lieutenant Colonel Tingle makes some excellent points...

  • Air Boss Responds: We Value Your Input!
    Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller, U.S. Navy

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  • Charting the Course: Face the Hypersonic Truth
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Russia and China are developing hypersonic weapons too "hot" for current U.S. Navy air defense weapons to handle. Here a...

  • To Retain Innovative Marines, Promote on Merit
    By Corporal Nicolas Swain, U.S. Marine Corps

    Enlisted Prize Essay Contest - 3rd Place Winner

    The Marine Corps needs to treat its Marines as an...

  • Promotions Are Not ‘Earned’
    By Command Master Chief Steven “Jimmy” Hendricks, U.S. Navy

    Naval leaders do not "earn" ranks or positions. They are entrusted with them by others who believed they could assume higher...

  • Use Carriers Differently in a High-End Fight
    By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The April 2018 coalition missile strike on Syrian chemical weapons targets is an indicator of a sea change that has been taking...

  • 2018 Aviation Order of Battle
    Compiled by Jim Dolbow

    U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and the National...

  • Embrace the Coast Guard’s Strength
    by Lieutenant Commander Luke Petersen, U.S. Coast Guard

    The USCGC Active (WMEC-618) was commissioned in 1966 and is still serving--a tribute to the Coast Guard's culture "...

  • Design Systems That Work for People
    By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Fifty Tons of Fury: Bring Back the Patrol Torpedo Boat
    By Captain Edmund B. Hernandez, U.S. Navy

  • Unleash the Helicopters!
    By Lieutenant Andrew Roscoe, U.S. Navy

  • The Tondern Raid: Strike Fighter Centennial
    By Barrett Tillman


    As dawn broke on 19 July 1918, the carrier swung into the wind and aircraft engines burst into life, preparing for a...

  • This Is Not 'Cold Fusion'
    By Michael Ravnitzky

    Emerging Technology Essay Contest—2nd Place Winner


  • Mine Warfare: Ready and Able Now
    By Lieutenant Allan Lucas, U.S. Navy, and Captain Ian Cameron, U.S. Marine Corps

    The U.S. Navy has a mine countermeasures (MCM) problem. Its current platforms are old and cannot meet the mission of opening mined areas for naval...

  • Rethink NROTC for a Changing World
    By Midshipman Second Class Benjamin Chiacchia, U.S. Navy

    In the face of a changing security environment, the Navy should consider adjusting the NROTC program to best leverage the talent and...

  • Editor's Page
    Bill Hamblet

    September always makes me take stock. Kids go back to school. The summer is over. My birthday is this month, so I have to grapple with the impact of another trip around the sun. The September Proceedings is the naval aviation-focused...

  • CEO Notes
    Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.)

    Naval Aviation Focus

  • Leadership Forum: Have the Grit to Lead
    By Lieutenant Dennis Harbin, U.S. Navy

    Every Ensign is obligated to lead. Ensign Ty Downing, the fire marshall on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69),...

  • Now Hear This: Loss of VMAQ Community Leaves a Gap
    By Lieutenant Colonel Rick Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    VMAQ-3, the next to last Marine Corps tactical electronic warfare (EW) squadron, was deactivated in May 2018. The final squadron will...

  • Proceedings Today Photo of the Week: 7 September 2018

    2 September 2018, Navy pallbearers moved the casket of the late Senator John McCain to a horse-drawn caisson after his funeral service in the U.S....

  • Book Reviews: September 2018

    Hacking the Bomb: Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons

    Andrew Futter. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press,...

  • Use VR headsets in Naval Aviation Training
    By Lieutenant Neil “Spanky” Tublin, U.S. Navy

    VR headsets can help with training, and not only for aviators. This member of Lemoore, California's maintenance team uses the system...

  • Professional Mariners Cannot Rely on Electronics Alone
    By Professor Dennis Frederick

    Traditional instruments of the trade must remain critical components of both training and real-world navigation. Here on the bridge of...

  • In Appreciation: Captain H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Marguerite Brooks and Gerry Lenfest married in July 1955 and were partners in both business and life. In addition to Marguerite, Gerry...

  • World Naval Developments: Ship Design Depends on Sensors, Not Hulls
    By Norman Friedman

    The BAE Type 26 Global Combat Ship is expected to replace Type 23 frigates such as HMS Winchester, shown here. The Royal...

  • Lest We Forget: ‘USN 2, Qaddafi 0’
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    "Fast Eagle 102" from Fighter Squadron 41 on board the carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) scored a victory for the U.S....

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The first of Japan’s two new Maya-class air defense destroyers was launched on 30 July under the...

  • The Dragon Meets the Polar Bear
    By Captain Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    China has the world’s second largest economy and the highest rate of GDP growth among developing nations. It needs to ensure unrestricted,...

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    "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."



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