The Sword and the Olive Branch
I feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue, bubbling over with fresh ideas and perceptive commentary. We lead off with Lieutenant Daniel Hancock's unusually provocative essay, "The Navy's Not Serious about Riverine Warfare" (page 14). His article raises important issues in a thoughtful, well-reasoned manner, a hallmark of the best Proceedings features.
Navy Secretary Donald Winter's recent cancellation of the third and fourth littoral combat ships caused questions to surface about the future of the program as well as the prospect of achieving the oft-stated goal of a 313-ship Navy. Retired Navy Reserve Commander Otto Kreisher, a veteran military correspondent, looks into the issue and provides answers (page 20).
In a related piece, Coast Guard Captain James Howe weighs in with an innovative idea that could ease the problem. See "Now Hear This" (page 10).