Proceedings Magazine - March 2008 Vol. 134/3/1,261

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Hands Across the Water

Back in 1981, a Marine and two Sailors—editor-in-chief Clay Barrow Jr., senior editor Paul Stillwell, and managing editor Fred Rainbow—hatched a great...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    Hands Across the Water

    Back in 1981, a Marine and two Sailors—editor-in-chief Clay Barrow Jr., senior editor Paul Stillwell, and managing editor Fred Rainbow—hatched a great idea that continues to enliven Proceedings...

  • Now Hear This: When Prevention Fails—What Then?
    By John Fass Morton

    Washington is organizing and funding national security with a Cold War paradigm ill-suited for preparedness vis-à-vis asymmetric
threats. This paradigm predisposes Americans to accept uncritically that more...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Building a Small Surface Warship: Mission Impossible?

    (See W. J. Holland, pp. 14-19, February 2008 Proceedings)

    Captain Ken Lee, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Admiral Holland's article is on point and is rife...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Royal Navy: Whither Goes Thou?
    By Commodore Manohar K. Banger, Indian Navy (Retired)

    Great Britain as a rich maritime nation, with its empire spread to almost all corners of the globe, is a thing of the past. This island nation, exercising sound maritime policy, has exploited the sea around it to become rich and prosperous. In...

  • The Commanders Respond
    It is not surprising that many in the non-naval world think of navies as expensive alternatives to ground forces. The sea services thus generally have an uphill fight to explain what the navy can and should do for their country and...
  • World Navies in Review
    By Eric Wertheim

    As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to require large numbers of U.S. and allied ground forces, aging naval assets across the globe face ever greater burdens while they hold the line, deterring belligerent nations and conventional...

  • Chinese Shipbuilding: Growing Fast, But How Good Is It?
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael C. Grubb, USN, and Gabriel Collins

    China's rapid technical advances in shipbuilding, and the industry's dual civilian-military role, raises the strategically important question of how its growing commercial shipbuilding prowess might facilitate naval...

  • Come Together: Navies of the Mediterranean
    By Captain Bruno Faugeron, French Navy; Translated by Commander Dominic Gaudin, U.S. Navy
    Working in concert, international navies help maintain security in the Mediterranean region. And stability promotes prosperity.

    The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea face common problems, including monitoring the...

  • Speaking the Same Language
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Dr. Stephanie Hszieh<p>
    What was once the 1,000-Ship Navy has morphed into something called the Global Maritime Partnership, a concept that should help coalition navies work together better.

    Then-Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike...

  • Book Reviews

    Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor

    Edward S. Miller. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2007. 324 pp. Bib. Index. Illus. $32.

    Reviewed by Robert S. Bolia

  • Books in Brief
    Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>

    The Son Tay Raid: American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten

    John Gargus. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2007. 332 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. $29.95.


    In May 1970, aerial...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Call for Support for Wesley Brown's Oral History

    Several years ago, Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, sat for a series of exhaustive candid interviews covering his...

  • Naval International Programs: 'It's About Relationships'
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy
    A member of the Naval International Programs Office team details how its approach to facilitating interoperability between U.S. forces and other nations' military organizations and weapon systems is a "quiet revolution....
  • Straight Talk at USNI and AFCEA's West 2008 Conference
    By Mark Sauer
    Terrorists, drugs, and computer attacks all threaten us—but the prognosis is not bleak.

    Progress and disappointment on the battlefield, challenges and opportunities in disparate regions across the globe, and the...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Iraq Five Years Later
    By Harlan Ullman

    Five years ago this month, the United States and its coalition partners launched Operation Iraqi Freedom and quickly ended Saddam Hussein's regime. Unfortunately, the aftermath has bordered on disaster. And, with the winding down of the...

  • Professional Notes

    Develop Cross-Cultural Competence

    By Lieutenant Commander John F. Bradford, U.S. Navy, and Annette Bradford

  • Oceans: Fresh Water from the Oceans—Feasible but Expensive
    By Don Walsh

    Ocean water can and will be used to replace diminishing terrestrial sources of fresh water. With more than 97 percent of all water being seawater and mostly unusable, mankind— all six billion of us—gets less than 1 percent for all its...

  • World Naval Developments: Unsatisfied Customers
    By Norman Friedman

    This has not been a happy time for relations between Russia and the Indian Navy. As 2008 began, the Indians were looking forward to the delivery of their new fleet flagship, the carrier Vikramatidya (ex-Admiral Gorshkov), which...

  • Lest We Forget: Subdue, Seize, and Take...
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 9 February 1799, the USS Constellation was cruising in Caribbean waters when a lookout reported an unidentified ship just over the horizon. Captain Thomas Truxtun ordered his ship to come about, then went below to record in his log:...

  • From Our Archive

    "A ship is a bit of terra firma cut off from the main; it is a state in itself; and the captain is its king."

    -Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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