Proceedings Magazine - April 2009 Vol. 135/4/1,274

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Athens or Sparta? Critical thinkers or technicians? Education or training and credentialing? Which does the military really prefer? Which does it find more valuable?

Can they coexist or are...



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    Athens or Sparta? Critical thinkers or technicians? Education or training and credentialing? Which does the military really prefer? Which does it find more valuable?

    Can they coexist or are they mutually exclusive? These are just some of...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Navy Is Giving History a Bad Name

    (See B. Hanley, p. 10, March 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: The Coast Guard Should Get a Break at Navy Shipyards
    By Commander Nate Moore, U.S. Coast Guard

    Ship repair is expensive business and in the current budget environment it is essential that the Coast Guard maximize the effectiveness of every maintenance dollar. The dry docking of large cutters is typically done at commercial shipyards, but...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Create a Navy and Marine Corps College
    By Senior Master Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy has made progress with educational opportunities and documentation of academic credits for Sailors. Limited openings in Naval Postgraduate School and Naval War College programs, the Sailor and Marine Corps American Council on Education...

  • Answering the Call: 'Borgnine's Navy'
    By Ernest Borgnine

    Ernest Borgnine is known worldwide as the Oscar- and Emmy-winning character actor who starred in Marty, From Here to Eternity, McHale's Navy, and 139 other motion pictures and 44 television shows....

  • Naval Systems: Dual Bands, Single Processor
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon and Navy engineers at the Surface Combat Systems Center, Wallops Island, Virginia, will hold a preliminary design review this month on modifications to the Dual-Band Radar (DBR) that are required to integrate the system on board the...

  • Re-Education for the 21st-Century Warrior
    By Rear Admiral Jacob Shuford, USN (Ret.)
    Humanistic studies play a crucial role in strategically educating future leaders.

    Tactics are simple, operational command-and-control more difficult, and a grasp of the strategic harder still. The greatest demand that war...

  • Linking Education to Capabliities
    By Captain Richard Suttie, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Professional military education develops joint warfighting capabilities.

    It is expensive to educate the Navy workforce. Costs include tuition, fees, and salaries; but the real cost is time. As we often hear, time a Sailor...

  • How to Make Mentoring Work
    By W. Brad Johnson and Gene Andersen


  • Time for the Navy to Get into the Game!
    By Captain Mark Woolley, U.S. Navy
  • The GI Bill Enters a New Era
    By Chief Petty Officer Terry Howell, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Over the years no GI Bill has captured the breadth of the 1944 incarnation. The latest one is in the ballpark.

    On 30 June 2008 President George W. Bush signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill into law. When the new bill goes into...

  • Fast, Austere, Lethal: Marine Core Values
    By Lieutenant General George J. Flynn, U.S. Marine Corps<p>
    The Marine Corps, despite six years of prolonged operations ashore, has not forgotten—nor forsaken—its expeditionary ethos.

    An expedition is a military operation conducted by an armed force to accomplish a...

  • Buy Fords, Not Ferraris
    By Commander Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy


  • Reengaging the Navy, at Home and Abroad
    By Captain Chuck Nygaard, U.S. Navy
    For the new maritime strategy to succeed, support for the expanded Navy mission must increase.

    The timely Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower outlines innovative uses of maritime power to better support...

  • What's So Important about Energetics? Everything
    By Robert V. Gates
    Research and development is waning in a field responsible for advanced naval firepower. We allow this decline to continue at our peril.

    In March 2003, a Marine Cobra helicopter hit an Iraqi outpost with a thermobaric...

  • Teaching Navies How to Be Navies
    By Lieutenant Commander Jon Bartee, U.S. Navy
    Bolstering our foreign partners' maritime security capabilities may not only achieve positive global effects but serve U.S. policy goals.


    'Whenever and wherever the...

  • Book Reviews

    Immortal: A Military History of Iran and its Armed Forces

    Steven R. Ward. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2009. 361 pp. Notes. Bib. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel Norvell B. De Atkine, U.S. Army (Retired)...

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

    Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue

    George Galdorisi and Thomas Phillips. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2009. 656 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $30.

    For nearly 100 years, countless air crews shot down...

  • Professional Notes

    The Coast Guard Promotes Dynamic Leadership

    By Captain Donna Cottrell, U.S. Coast Guard

    Are your efforts at mentoring and professional development frequently overcome by a demanding operational tempo? Advancing careers and...

  • World Naval Developments: Deterrence vs. Defense
    By Norman Friedman

    In February Iran orbited a small satellite. This event matters because it demonstrates the ability to launch a long-range missile with at least sufficient range to hit anywhere in Europe. The incident recalls the Soviet

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In February 2009 the Republic of Malta ordered four new 21-meter inshore patrol craft from the Australian shipbuilder Austal. The new vessels, pictured here in a computer rendering, will have a maximum speed of more than 26 knots...

  • Lest We Forget: A Timely Victory
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

    Outraged by the seizure of American vessels and other humiliations by the so-called Barbary pirates, in 1801 President Thomas Jefferson sent a squadron of ships to the Mediterranean. He hoped to coerce the Sultan of Morocco, the Dey of Algiers,...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    History Gifts Have Twice the Impact

    The Tawani Foundation of Chicago has just pledged up to $40,000 to match contributions to the Naval Institute's Oral History Program made between February and October of 2009. This means that a...

  • From Our Archive

    'Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.'

    Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

    The bridge of the USS Newark, most likely between 1891-93,...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the April issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link...

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