Proceedings Magazine - May 2009 Vol. 135/5/1,275

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As you can see, we decided to do a little something different for the cover of this year's Naval Review that no doubt grabbed your attention immediately. Some of you may already be familiar...



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    As you can see, we decided to do a little something different for the cover of this year's Naval Review that no doubt grabbed your attention immediately. Some of you may already be familiar with Tom Freeman's painting, "Carrier...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Deterrence vs. Defense

    (See N. Friedman, pp. 90-91, April 2009 Proceedings)

    Commander James M. Nugent, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)—Dr....

  • Now Hear This: Watching the Chinese
    By Commander Paul S. Giarra, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    China is pursuing the development of very long-range, land-mobile, maneuverable re-entry vehicle-equipped (MaRV'd) antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), apparently a variant of the DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM). Imagine very long...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Put ROTC Back in the Ivy League
    By Kenneth Harbaugh

    For almost 40 years, military training has been effectively absent from the nation's most selective civilian universities. During the Vietnam protest movement, schools such as Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale banned on-campus ROTC programs...

  • Answering the Call: In as a Boy, Out as a Man
    By David M. Roderick

    David M. Roderick entered boot camp at Parris Island in 1942, spent three years in the Marine Corps, and went on to become the chairman and CEO of United States Steel Corporation in 1979. The Corps may not be aware of the link, but former...

  • On the Verge of a Game-Changer
    By Andrew S. Erickson and David D. Yang
    A Chinese antiship ballistic missile could alter the rules in the Pacific and place U.S. Navy carrier strike groups in jeopardy.
  • Our Waning Influence to the South
    By Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
    We urgently need a new foreign policy to reestablish goodwill and trust in Latin America.

    Decades of foreign-policy hypocrisy and economic double standards have resulted in a pervasive resistance to and suspicion of U.S....

  • Navigating the New Maritime Arctic
    By Captain Lawson Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Early in the 21st century, the maritime Arctic is undergoing extraordinary changes and is rapidly becoming a more complex operating environment.

    Globalization, climate change, and geopolitical concerns have become...

  • Cold Horizons: Arctic Maritime Security Challenges
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The word Arctic is from the Greek arktikos, "near the Bear." While it refers to the constellation Ursa Major, recent pronouncements suggest Moscow hopes to give the term new meaning.

    Northern hemisphere...

  • Dawn of the Maritime Strategy
    By Captain James M. Patton, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A key player in the formulation of The Maritime Strategy provides a behind-the-scenes account of its 1970s genesis.

    It is always nice to hear that "we done something right," particularly when that comes...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2008
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2008 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the sea services. Because this list of...

  • 'We May Be Only Halfway Through This War': An Interview with Thomas E. Ricks

    The best-selling author of The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 (Penguin, 2009) and ...

  • Leadership Saves Lives
    By Commander Kirk Lippold, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I relieve you. With these three simple words, military commanders across the globe follow a centuries-old, time-honored tradition, when responsibility and accountability for their commands are seamlessly transferred from one to another. The...

  • U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver, with Mark Robinsky

    "Look at what your Navy's been doing over the last year and a half," Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead offered in several speeches he delivered in early 2009. In each, the theme was virtually the same:

  • U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapon Development in Review
    By Commander Jan C. Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Two terms that came to the forefront for U.S. Naval Aviation in 2008 were "Red Stripe" and "Strike-Fighter Gap." Both owe their roots to the aging fleet of naval aircraft, and their resolution is directly related to the...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Colonel Mackubin T. Owens Jr., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    In 2008, Marines worldwide continued to display the characteristics of courage, perseverance, flexibility, and adaptability that have traditionally made the U. S. Marine Corps the outstanding expeditionary fighting force that it is. While...

  • The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

    During the past 12 months the Coast Guard experienced substantial operational demands across its full range of missions even as it put the final touches on a modernization plan to shape the service for the challenges of the 21st century. The year...

  • 2009 U.S. Merchant Marine and World Maritime Review
    By Shashi Kumar
    Recovery may come in 2010, but the present is not rosy for shipping.

    The 2008 Annual Review referred to ominous signs of a change in market dynamics for the worse, replete with many lurking signs of uncertainty. There were...

  • Naval Review Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the May 2009 issue of Proceedings.

    U.S. Battle Force Changes

  • Book Reviews

    Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers 'The Marine Corps'...

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

    Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II

    Bill Yenne. New York: Berkley, 2009. Illus. Bib. Append. Index. 348 pp. $25.95.

    Fighter pilots captured the heart of America from the...

  • Oceans: End of the Line
    By Don Walsh

    On 6 March 2009, an era in Navy undersea operations ended when the Deep Submersible Rescue Vehicle Mystic (DSRV-1) was retired at San Diego. With that event, more than a half-century of U.S. Navy manned deep submersible operations was...

  • World Naval Developments: Economic Entanglements
    By Norman Friedman

    In March Chinese ships intercepted and tried to drive off two U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ships operating off Hainan and northern China in international waters. The Chinese leveled the most violent threats against the USNS Impeccable (T...

  • Combat Fleets
    Eric Wertheim

    China's first major international naval deployment in literally hundreds of years has apparently been deemed a success. The three-ship anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia began in late December 2008 and had been...

  • Lest We Forget: Navy vs. Habsburgs
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When the United States entered World War I in 1917, naval aviation was in its infancy with only 43 qualified pilots (five of them Marines) supported by 239 enlisted men. The Navy owned only 54 planes, most of which were not fit for wartime...

  • From Our Archive

    'He was begotten in the galley and born under a gun. Every hair was a rope yarn, every finger a fish-hook, every tooth a marline-spike, and his blood right good Stockholm tar.'


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