Proceedings Magazine - October 2016

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The brave new world of “additive manufacturing” has previously unheard-of structural applications.

In the future, the pace of battle will be...



  • Give Commanders the Authority
    By Lieutenant Commanders Kit de Angelis and Jason Garfield, U.S. Navy
    Dispersing ships in smaller groups will increase the surface Navy’s ability to deceive and defeat the enemy, but such distributed lethality cannot exist without distributed authority.


  • Build Strategic Fast Attack Submarines
    By Commander Stephen J. Ilteris, U.S. Navy
    Arming the Virginia-class fast attacks with submarine-launched ballistic missiles offers an affordable alternative to building the budget-busting Columbia-class SSBN(X).


  • Spark an Intel Revolution
    By Lieutenant Andreas Xenachis, U.S. Navy Reserve

    First Prize Winner - Naval Intelligence Essay Contest Sponsored with the Naval Intelligence Professsionals

    Honing the art of geopolitical forecasting is key to naval intelligence upping its game....

  • Fleet Practices Are Driving Better Health Care
    By Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham, Lieutenant Joshua Corbridge, and Captain Howard Warner, U.S. Navy; and Captain Curtis Shaub and Lieutenant Commander Dick Hoffmann, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Taking lessons from the nuclear submarine force, carrier aviation, and special warfare, Navy medicine is accelerating its journey to high reliability to ensure it continues to provide the safest and highest quality care...
  • Temporary Admirals Might Do
    By Ryan Peeks
    In the wake of mandates from the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy to “overhaul the officer personnel system,” the Navy would do well to take a hard look at the history of its flag officer...
  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Treat LBGT Sailors Fairly
    By Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Noah Harvey Ryan Heaton, U.S. Navy

    “That’s so gay,” is something sailors hear more than ten times a day. Whether people intend to offend homosexuals or not, this and similar comments are indicators of ongoing discrimination against homosexuals in our armed forces...

  • From the Deckplates - Readiness & Warfighting Must Drive the Navy
    By Force Master Chief Jon Port, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    During the drawdown, right-sizing, down-sizing, reduction-in-force, or whatever name given it at the time, the Navy has experienced a steady trend of small reductions in the officer corps but dramatic reductions in the enlisted ranks. In World...

  • Charting A Course - Every Ensign Is on the Fast Track
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    If you are a line officer, your long-term goal should be command at sea. Those who have been there agree that there is nothing else that will recompense you more fully for all your hard work and sacrifice—nothing! Many first-tour officers,...

  • Now Hear This - It's Time for a Cyber Moon Shot
    By Vice Admiral Doug Crowder, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Commander David A. Radi, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 call to put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth was risky. He put an incredibly ambitious stake in the ground, and in July 1969, there was a U.S. flag planted on the moon. Today we face a...


  • 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...

  • Where Have All the Sailors Gone?
    Commander Terry J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The recent announcement of an overhaul of the Navy’s enlisted career management by the Chief of Naval Operations has left both head scratching and fuming in its wake. The fuming can be left to the bloggers who perhaps rightly fear the slide...

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  • 3D Printing Is a Game-Changer
    By Captain Matthew Friedell, U.S. Marine Corps
    The brave new world of “additive manufacturing” has previously unheard-of structural applications.

    In the future, the pace of battle will be set by those who can build the fastest. The thought...

  • 'Respect and Resolve Are Not Mutually Exclusive'
    By Commander Joseph A. Gagliano, U.S. Navy
    Naval diplomacy is key in the evolving U.S.-China relationship on the troubled waters of the South China Sea.
  • The Navy Undervalues the Liberal Arts
    By Midshipman Third Class Jonathan Hebel, U.S. Naval Academy
    The naval service needs individuals with technical backgrounds, but for Marines patrolling with Afghan soldiers (above) or officers involved in nation-building and reconstruction efforts (right), the knowledge of world...
  • Planning a Cyberwar
    By Martin C. Libicki
    “To the extent that eroding the adversary’s confidence is the main point of a cyber attack, the character and sequencing of cyber attacks might make a great difference.”

    The trope of the...

  • Special - To the Graveyard of the 'Mighty I'
    By James P. Delgado andMichael L. Brennan
    Scientific dives to the wreck of the USS Independence (CVL-22) in August reveal the ravages of the Bikini atomic bomb tests following World War II.

    On 26 January 1951, a carefully placed set of explosive charges...

  • Editor's Page

    The nation and the naval profession lost an outstanding Marine, award-winning journalist, and former Proceedings editor-in-chief this past month with the passing of Bob Timberg. Proceedings senior editor Fred Schultz, who served with Bob during...

  • CEO Notes

    There Will Be Two Maritime Security Dialogue Speakers in October

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson will participate in the Maritime Security Dialogue series on 3 October at 1000. Admiral Richardson will engage in a...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Stop ‘Engagement at all Costs’

    (See J. Fanell, p. 12, September 2016 Proceedings)

    Commander J. Michael Dahm, U.S...

  • Now Hear This - Failure to Ratify UNCLOS Emboldens China
    By Lieutenant Dennis Harbin, JAGC, U.S. Navy

    As China challenges the legitimacy of rules it agreed to nearly two decades ago, the United States must step up, take its seat at the table, and ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). On 12 July, an international arbitral...

  • Leadership Forum - My Chief Was Always There
    By Rear Admiral Fred L. Ames, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    As the new commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (WHEC-722), I knew endeavoring to understand the needs and gain the perspectives of the Morgenthau’s officers and crew would be paramount to commanding effectively. As I...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Defeat Violent Radical Islamism
    By Captain Joseph Polanin, U.S. Navy

    The best way to fight an idea is with a better idea. To defeat the idea of violent radical Islamism, the United States should leverage its experience in destroying the violent ideologies of Nazism and Communism. If we continue to ignore the...

  • Book Reviews

    The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies

    Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army (Retired), and Michael Ledeen. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2016. 208 pp. Intro. Biblio. Index...

  • Professional Notes

    Busting Myths about the O-4 Board

    By Commander Todd Cimicata, U.S. Navy

  • Naval Systems - 'Robot Ship' Moves Through System Tests
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Leidos Inc. is carrying out a range of tests of sensors and command-and-control systems planned for integration on board the Sea Hunter, a 132-foot ship the company has built that will operate autonomously to conduct antisubmarine warfare (ASW)...

  • World's Coast Guards - Canadian Coast Guard Patrols World's Longest Coastline
    By Jim Dolbow

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is a Special Operating Agency within Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Unlike the multimission U.S. Coast Guard, the CCG is neither a law enforcement organization nor a unified branch of the...

  • World Naval Developments - Whistleblower Reveals Australian Submarine-Deal Woes
    By Norman Friedman

    In August a man turned over a computer disk containing 22,000 pages of technical submarine data to a reporter working for a major newspaper, The Australian. It was the latest twist in the lengthy saga of the Royal Australian Navy’s choice...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In early September the Philippines unveiled one of its most ambitious new naval projects with plans to acquire two new HDF-3000 frigates from Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea. Based on the 3,250-ton (full load) Incheon class, also known as...

  • Lest We Forget - 'Z-Grams' vs. 'Chicken Regs'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 1 July 1970, Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr., was sworn in as the Navy’s 19th Chief of Naval Operations. At age 49, he was the youngest CNO in history, and his three decades of experience had taught him that traditional...

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    Join the Leaders!

    The Naval Institute is truly grateful for the generosity of all our amazing supporters. Our deepest thanks to the following individuals whose participation thus far in 2016 distinguishes them as members of the Alfred...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Leadership and learning are indispendable to each other.’

    John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

    Crew members of the USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser No. 3) are depicted in this c....


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