Proceedings Magazine - August 2008 Vol. 134/8/1,266

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A few months ago, I mentioned to the SOUTHCOM Commander, Admiral Jim Stavridis, that I was looking for ways to encourage active duty service members—...



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    By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    Join the Debate

    A few months ago, I mentioned to the SOUTHCOM Commander, Admiral Jim Stavridis, that I was looking for ways to encourage active duty service members—enlisted and officers alike—to write for ...

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  • Comment and Discussion

    The Bitter Cost of Business

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    By Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    The U.S. Coast Guard should establish a historical center to enhance its ability to collect, preserve, record, study, interpret, and publish history for the service and the American people. In this era of scarce taxpayer resources and greater...

  • Answering the Call: "My Combat Experiences Have Shaped My Life"
    By Benjamin C. Bradlee

    Editor for the Ages

    As Executive Editor of the Washington Post from 1965 to 1991, Ben Bradlee turned an undistinguished daily paper into one of the world's great news organizations. His many achievements...

  • Special: Four Stars, Finally!
    By Major Sharon Tosi Moore, U.S. Army Reserve

    On 11 June 1970, Colonel Anna Mae Hays, Chief of the Army Nursing Corps, pinned on the stars of a brigadier general, becoming the first woman ever to attain flag rank. Moments later, Colonel Elizabeth P. Hoisington, Director of the Women's...

  • Read, Think, Write, and Publish
    By Admiral Jim Stavridis, U.S. Navy
    A senior commander and veteran writer encourages Sea Service professionals to fearlessly air their ideas in print and on the Internet.

    Benjamin Franklin once said, "Either write something worth reading or do something...

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    Bad writing isn't just poor form, it's a national security issue.

    Consider the following passages. The first is an adaptation, in modern Pentagonese, of the second:

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    By James J. Lidington
    Senior leaders caution against abandoning the concept of a balanced force at USNI/AFCEA conference.

    Could the pen really be as mighty as the sword?

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    By Art Pine
    The Coast Guard's dynamic, no-nonsense Commandant is roiling the waters at Headquarters off Buzzard Point. Can he succeed in steering the Coast Guard into the 21st century?

    The Coast Guard is quietly undergoing its...

  • Things You Don't Know about the Coast Guard
    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

    Television personality Chris Matthews loves to end his weekly syndicated show by asking his panel of journalists to "Tell me something I don't know [about a specific topic, usually from the world of politics]." To complement the...

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  • A Perfect Fit for Africa
    By Captain Phillip J. Heyl, U.S. Coast Guard
    One Coast Guard cutter engaging with an island nation's coast guard creates a model for a continent's maritime security.

    The June 2008 deployment of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas (WHEC-716) to West...

  • How to (Mis)Handle a Defection
    By Lieutenant Commander Eugene R. Fidell, USCGR (Ret.)
    A former Coast Guard legal officer looks back 38 years to one of the service's darkest hours—a bungled episode that became known simply as the Kudirka Case.

    Simas Kudirka—from Lithuania, at the time part of...

  • Warlord Loop Reading list

    John M. Collins began to amass military experience when he enlisted in the Army as a private in 1942. Thirty years and three wars later, in 1972, he retired as a colonel. He spent the next quarter century as the leading analyst on military and...

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    Sea duty—360 days out of four years—is demanded of all graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. But it's more than a requirement, it's an education.

    Sea Year is the most formative experience for...

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    By Second Lieutenant Nicole Fiedler, U.S. Marine Corps
    An officer-in-training examines her role in today's Marine Corps

    Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, tells a story in her book, Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat...

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    By Ensign Rhett Gilman, U.S. Navy
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  • Book Reviews

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    Max Hastings. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 615 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $35.

    Reviewed by Major William M. Gibson, U.S. Army (Retired)

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    The Coast Guard Could Be Better Used

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  • World Naval Developments: Who Needs Pilots?
    By Norman Friedman

    In June Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates fired Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and the service's chief of staff, General T. Michael Mosley. The immediate cause was gross negligence concerning U.S. nuclear weapons, but it has been...

  • Naval Systems: Sea Change: From Vehicle- to Mission-Centric
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    The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Panama City Division is developing innovative mission-control technologies for unmanned systems, targeted initially at the mine countermeasures (MCM) systems that will be operated on board the Littoral...

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    This past June Germany transferred the retired 100-ton navy patrol boat Bergen to the Republic of Lebanon on board the heavy lift transport MV Atlant Trina. The ex-Bergen, which has been renamed Tabarja...

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