Friend or Foe? Tough to Tell

By Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard
October 2008
The Commandant of the Coast Guard focuses on the threat of small boats delivering weapons in our ports and waterways.
Courtesy of Mike Bajema

The Lessons of Ramadi

By Dick Couch
October 2008
The author of the new Naval Institute Press book, The Sheriff of Ramadi, recounts his thoughts as he wrote it.

From Our Archive

October 2008
'You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.'-Norman Douglas (1868-1952)A young tar and an old salt pass a recruiting poster in the early 1920s. The duo personify ...

Naval Institute Foundation

October 2008
USNI: 135 Years StrongAmong the half-million images in the Naval Institute's photo archives—one of the largest private collections in the world and maintained through generous gifts of support raised by ...
DOD (Phillip M. Porter)

From Independence to Freedom

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2008
On 17 October 1965, Lieutenant (junior grade) Porter Halyburton launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) in his F-4B Phantom. As a member of Fighter Squadron ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
October 2008
Georgia's navy and coast guard suffered heavy damage during Russia's August invasion of its southern neighbor. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Tbilisi, an ex-Ukrainian Matka-class semi-hydrofoil transferred to Georgia ...

U.S. Navy: Surface Combatants Adrift

By Norman Polmar
October 2008
The U.S. Navy's leadership is shirking its responsibilities by letting Congress determine the size and composition of the Fleet rather than insisting on a force that reflects the service's view ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Professional Notes

October 2008
Proceed with Caution: Helicopter-Borne Air AssaultsBy Earl J. Catagnus Jr.Helicopters provide increased maneuverability to the battlefield as well as an outstanding close air support platform for the infantry.1 But they ...

Books in Brief

By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
October 2008
Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency Thomas R. Mockaitis. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95.In Iraq the author sees the U.S. military facing the most ...

Book Reviews

October 2008
The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006 2008Bob Woodward. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. 468 pp. Notes. Illus. Index. $32.00Reviewed by David WoodIn his ...
All photos Courtesy of the author

Lebanon, After All These Years

By Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Armstrong, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
October 2008
The author of the new Naval Institute Press book, The Sheriff of Ramadi, recounts his thoughts as he wrote it.
Courtesy of the Author

25 Years Later: We Came in Peace

By Colonel Timothy J. Geraghty, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
October 2008
The commander of the Marine barracks in Beirut writes for the first time about the 1983 bombing and what it spawned.

The Border War

By David J. Danelo
October 2008
The author of a new book about the complicated situation on our border with Mexico calls for U.S. military involvement. ____________________________________________________________________

Not Just a Bad Hair Day

By Commander Robert W. Witzleb, U.S. Navy, and Scott C. Truver
October 2008
Our vulnerability to cheap and elusive mines and other explosive devices should be keeping us up at night.
u.s. coast guard digital

Defeating the Unknown Terrorist

By Captain James Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
October 2008
A Homeland Security official outlines measures being taken to pinpoint and unmask terrorists lying in wait to do us harm.
Customs and Border Patrol

A New Underwater Threat

By Captain Wade F. Wilkenson, U.S. Navy
October 2008
Smugglers are transporting drugs in homemade self-propelled semi-submersibles. The vessels could easily carry weapons, too.

Calling all Boats

By Bill Parlatore
October 2008
Recreational boaters can and do report suspicious activity, but they can also help in the aftermath of maritime disasters.
u.s. navy (alan warner)

Now Hear This: Four-Star Flagship

By Commander T. J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2008
The formation of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been met with both praise and skepticism. The praise has been centered on the logic of establishing this new unified command to ...

Comment and Discussion

October 2008
An Unlikely Naval Aviation Pioneer(See E. E. Christensen Jr., pp. 48-53, September 2008 Proceedings)Commander James J. Coogan Jr., U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)—Just a side note on Rear ...
Courtesy of the Author

Editor's Page

Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief
October 2008
Protecting Our ShoresThe lion's share of articles in this issue of Proceedings involves maritime homeland security. Admiral Thad Allen, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, kicks things off witha piece ...

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