Proceedings Magazine - February 2009 Vol. 135/2/1,272

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Growing up in the 1970s, I can recall many a frigid Pennsylvania winter. The joy of school being closed was tempered by the backbreaking shoveling my brothers and I faced to have the driveway...



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    Growing up in the 1970s, I can recall many a frigid Pennsylvania winter. The joy of school being closed was tempered by the backbreaking shoveling my brothers and I faced to have the driveway cleared of snow before our father got home. In science...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Crisis of Confidence

    (See W. Houley and J. Stark, pp. 26-30, January 2009 Proceedings...

  • Now Hear This: A New Twist on a Familiar Threat
    By Lieutenant Commander James Zawrotny, U.S. Coast Guard

    The emergence of the east African pirate scourge puts a new spin on a familiar threat vector for the U.S. Coast Guard. As attacks become more brazen and the pirates develop new tactics, it is only a matter of time...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Staying in Is Worth It
    By Commander Michael Dobbs, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Like any profession of service, financial gain is a poor primary reason to pursue a military career. However, today's volatile and troubling combination of battered financial and equity markets have...

  • Answering the Call: 'I'm Constantly Surprised at How The Corps Has Stayed With Me'
    By Donald P. Bellisario

    Creator of JAG, NCIS 

  • Tribute: Brute
    By Robert Coram

    Lieutenant General Victor Harold "Brute" Krulak was one of the most important officers in the history of the Marine Corps. And, as far as can be determined, he was the smallest. He stood 5'4" and 120 pounds, a size that, as a...

  • Arctic Melt: Reopening a Naval Frontier
    By Rear Admiral David Gove, U.S. Navy

    Changes in the Arctic environment—no matter the cause—are a great national security concern.

  • Fog, Wind, and Ice: Navigating the Northwest Passage
    By Master Chief Petty Officer P. J. Capelotti, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve<p>
    In 1957, a rugged little U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender had her mettle—and her metal—tested in an attempt to break through the Northwest Passage and become the first American vessel to circle the North American continent...
  • The Missing Element: Strategic Communication
    By Major General Mari K. Eder, U.S. Army
    In the realm of ideas, the United States has failed to make use of what is potentially one of its most powerful weapons in the war against terrorism.


  • The Navy Can Handle the Truth: Creative Friction without Conflict
    By Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve<p>
    The hit PBS documentary Carrier gave Americans an up-close look at today's Sailors. Navy-centric blogs offer another way to reach the public.

    When Admiral William Crowe served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

  • Reagan to Obama: Naval Art in the White House

    Beginning with a request from the Reagan administration, Tom W. Freeman's original art and prints on naval subjects have been hanging on various White House walls since 1986. From that time he has delivered 51 pieces to be displayed in the...

  • Staying on Station
    By Lieutenant Commander Kevin Volpe, U.S. Navy
    Irregular warfare calls for persistent and continuous attention from Navy aircraft, whether based at sea or ashore.

    In 2003, Navy Vice Admiral Charles W. Moore and Marine Corps Lieutenant General Edward Hanlon Jr. launched...

  • Under Fire
    By Lieutenant Colonel David G. Bolgiano, U.S. Air Force
    The United States needs better training for its deployed "strategic corporals"—and their judges.

    American service members are being deployed in situations in which they must make split-second decisions over...

  • Marines Adapt the Long War Concept
    By Lieutenant Colonel Phillip M. Zeman, U.S. Marine Corps
    We need to promote regional conditions that preclude crisis—while retaining our ability to fight at any time.

    Since the end of the Cold War, theorists and others have analyzed the details, nuances, and meaning of the...

  • Regionalization: Optimizing the Corps for Security Cooperation
    By Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Novack, U.S. Marine Corps
    Developing areas of expertise in specific geographical regions, including languages and culture, will enhance Marine readiness.

    As reflected in our National Defense Strategy, uncertainty is a defining feature of our...

  • 7 Myths of Intelligence
    By Commander Mike Studeman, U.S. Navy
    The Navy cannot afford to harbor myths about America's intelligence community at a time when awareness and decision superiority are so critical.

    Everyone has an opinion about intelligence. Some warfighters develop them...

  • Movie Review: Taking Chance
    By David J. Danelo

    Written by Ross Katz and Michael Strobl. Directed by Ross Katz. Starring Kevin Bacon and Blanche Baker. HBO Films. February 2009.

  • Book Reviews

    Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

    Steve Fainaru. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2008. 241 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $26.

    Reviewed by David Wood

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

    Battleship Oklahoma (BB-37)

    Jeff Phister, with Thomas Hone and Paul Goodyear. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. 256 pp. Illus. Appens. Notes. Gloss. Sources. Index. $19.95 (paper).

    Here is the fascinating...

  • Professional Notes

    Military-Civilian Surgical Diplomacy: An Emerging Role for Amphibious Assault

    By Commander David S. Plurad and Captain Scott D. Flinn, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy

  • Naval Systems: Aegis Modernization Keyed to 'Objective' Architectures
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Lockheed Martin's MS2 business unit is working on a contract awarded in December for continuing design, testing, and integration of the Aegis combat system computer program, called Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 08. This will be followed by...

  • U.S. Navy: Misnaming Navy Ships (Again)
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy's leadership has again demonstrated its penchant for ignoring customs, traditions, and even Navy instructions when it comes to naming ships. The latest example is the decision to name the attack submarine SSN-785 for Senator...

  • World Naval Developments: A Transformation in Carrier Aviation?
    By Norman Friedman

    On 16 December 2008, Northrop Grumman rolled out the prototype of the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D, also known as the X-47B). As a proposed carrier aircraft, its two critical tests are deck operations (including...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Sejong-Daewang, the first of South Korea's new KDX-III...

  • Lest We Forget: Passage to Freedom
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Petty Officer Warren Carara left the quarterdeck to help the 80-pound, elderly woman board his ship. Across the tiny woman's shoulders was a long pole with all her worldly possessions suspended at each end. At first she resisted his attempts...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Appreciation: Rosa McDonald

    Feisty and colorful USNI Commodore Rosa Laird McDonald, 92, died peacefully at her home in Delaware, on 3 January 2009. She was a 40-year Life Member, a generous supporter, and a popular visitor to Beach...

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    'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.'
    -Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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