Proceedings Magazine - January 2009 Vol. 135/1/1,271

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This month we usher in a new year and a new era. November's historic presidential election brings a change in administration to Washington. President-elect Barack Obama's national security...



  • A Rude Awakening
    By Lieutenant Mitch McGuffie, U.S. Navy
    A two-year tour on a Royal Navy destroyer showed one young surface warfare officer how much he didn't know.

    As the U.S. Navy makes the transition from an era of predominately blue-water operations to one of increased...

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  • In This Issue

    This month we usher in a new year and a new era. November's historic presidential election brings a change in administration to Washington. President-elect Barack Obama's national security team wish list includes many familiar names, at...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Write—with Your Eyes Wide Open

    (See W. J. Toti, pp. 16-20, December 2008 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Rally 'Round the New President
    By Captain James F. Kelly Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Barack Obama won the recent presidential election convincingly, and it is time now for all Americans to rally around the next commander-in-chief. We need to offer our support and prayers. He will certainly need them as he and his team cope with...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...We Look Stupid
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In a 20 November 2008 editorial titled "Piracy Problem," the Los Angeles Times noted: "The U.S. Navy said shipping companies should do more to protect their vessels, and the ship owners said governments should guard the...

  • Answering the Call: 'To Mature and Grow into a Man'
    By Arnold Palmer

    Coast Guard Yeoman to Golf Legend

    Since joining the professional ranks after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1954, he has won 92 national or international golf competitions, 61 of whichincluding four Masters...

  • Advice for the SecDef (or, What You Won't Hear at a Brookings Seminar)
    By Harvey M. Sapolsky
    An analyst of institutional structures and bureaucracy has some strong suggestions for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates under the new administration.

    The anticipation of each new presidential administration sets off a...

  • Inland Sailors
    By Lieutenant Joshua W. Welle, U.S. Navy
    Individual Augmentees fill essential roles alongside overtaxed ground troops. The author, an IA in Afghanistan, considers the program's potential for Army and Navy mutual support and the implications for Navy readiness.
  • Crisis of Confidence
    By Rear Admiral William Houley, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Rear Admiral James Stark, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The Navy—at its highest levels—needs to change the way it buys and builds its ships.

    There was a time, not all that many years ago, when the Navy appeared to have its future force structure well in hand....

  • Recapitalizing Too Early
    By Captain Bruce Lindsey, U.S. Navy
    Writing off perfectly good ships and aircraft before the end of their life cycle is a shortcoming of the transformation era.

    Over the last decade the U.S. Navy has been pursuing a recapitalization policy of its main...

  • Checkered Past, Uncertain Future
    By Commander Otto Kreisher, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    Have the cost and schedule woes of the Littoral Combat Ship been worth it?

    The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program was supposed to be a bold initiative that would break the traditional mold of Navy shipbuilding by...

  • The Navy's 'Tipping Point'
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Two shipbuilding insiders say the Littoral Combat Ship is the most viable program for the future of U.S. Navy surface combatants.

    As president of R. J. Natter & Associates, LLC (a firm that advises multiple defense...

  • On the Care and Feeding of Young SWOs
    By Captain Kevin S. J. Eyer, U.S. Navy
    Today's new surface warfare officers report to their ships woefully unprepared to do their jobs.

    If you are a young officer who has decided to join the surface warfare community, you will arrive on your ship directly...

  • Leading Surface Warfare Officers: Straight-to-the-Fleet
    By Lieutenant Padraic H. McDermott, U.S. Navy
    The old training system was thorough, expensive, and time-consuming. The new relies on SWOs to be what they are: leaders.

    Down on the waterfront each June and July, newly minted ensigns arrive at their respective...

  • On Further Review
    By Carl von Clausewitz

    On War

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Military people have been reared on such values as precision and synchronized timing. But they also need to acknowledge the vicissitudes and...

  • Book Reviews

    If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War: An Analysis of World War II Naval Strategy

    John A. Adams. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. 472 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Index. $34.95.

    Reviewed by Robert Love

  • Books In Brief
    Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq

    Sergeant Dan Mills. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008. 350 pp. Illus. $26.95.

    In April 2004, the newly arrived 1st Battalion,...

  • Professional Notes

    Weaning the Navy from Foreign Oil

    By Donald Wilkins

  • Oceans: Ice: An Identification Sampler
    By Don Walsh

    During their seagoing careers, most mariners will never see ice and even fewer will have to navigate through it. In all its forms, whether land-generated or ocean-created, ice afloatis a fascinating sight in terms of colors, forms, and creation...

  • World Naval Developments: Maritime Vulnerability
    By Norman Friedman

    The terrorist raid on Mumbai in late November 2008 dramatized the maritime aspect of the war against terrorism. Soon after the raid, the Indians claimed a surviving terrorist stated that he was one of 16 who had come by sea. They hijacked a small...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 29 October the Royal Dutch Submarine HNLMS Walrus was photographed pier side at Naval Station Norfolk after eight days of training with U.S. and Dutch naval assets taking part in TACDEVEX 08-08. The...

  • Lest We Forget - 'Nancies' and the 'Lame Duck'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    At the age of 32, Lieutenant Elmer F. "Archie" Stone had already had an unusual career for a Coast Guard officer. Having completed flight training on 10 April 1917, he had the distinction of being Coast Guard Aviator Number 1 (and Naval...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Grant Supports Naval History Gatefolds

    Naval Institute periodicals are being enhanced through the generosity of a grant-making foundation that has chosen to remain anonymous. In 2009, Naval History readers can anticipate special...

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