Proceedings Magazine - June 2009 Vol. 135/6/1,276

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Since the United States has not fought a real naval battle since World War II, justifying the high cost of a large Fleet of warships and aircraft is a tall order.

Why do we...



  • Special: How to Avoid a Submarine Mishap
    By Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The USS Hartford returning to New London after a month-long surface transit from Bahrain. US Navy Photo credit John Narewski...

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  • Fear and Loathing in the Post-Naval Era
    By Barrett Tillman
    Since the United States has not fought a real naval battle since World War II, justifying the high cost of a large Fleet of warships and aircraft is a tall order.

    Why do we have a Navy?

  • Editor's Page

    This month's issue marks a number of firsts for us at Proceedings. As most of you know, June traditionally features our annual submarine/ASW/mine warfare focus.

  • Comment and Discussion

    On the Verge of a Game-Changer

    (See A. S. Erickson and D. D. Yang, pp. 26-32, May 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Pakistan: The Real Central Front in the War on Terrorism
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Two seemingly unrelated BBC headlines from February may hold the key to the way ahead for our strategy in Afghanistan. From Pakistan, Prime Minister Raza Gilani said that "Pakistan would like to engage with the U.S. to build a new global...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Resolve the Scorpion Mystery
    By Lieutenant Joel I. Holwitt, U.S. Navy

    In March 2008, a 66-year old mystery came to an end with the discovery of the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney, which had sunk with all 645 of her crew after a battle with a German raider in November 1941. The discovery of Sydney ...

  • From the Deckplates: Join the Debate!
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The U.S. Naval Institute and Proceedings continue to make efforts to attract enlisted professionals. This column is excellent evidence of that, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to help draw readers and contributors. I view this...

  • Answering the Call: 'After the Navy, Everything Was Easy'
    By Bob Woodward

    He made his reputation as the Washington Post reporter who, along with colleague Carl Bernstein, broke the Watergate story in 1972. Now an associate editor of the Post, Bob Woodward has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes...

  • River Ghosts
    By Peter Paul
    Doing the right thing is never easy. Sometimes, as in the case of giving tired old warships a respectable resting place, it's downright impossible.

    One quiet summer night some nine years ago, I swear I could hear them...

  • Better Security through Business
    By Norman Friedman
    Backing up our sales of ships and equipment with ongoing consultation creates relationships.

    Collaboration with other navies has long been a centerpiece of U.S. naval strategy, policy, and operations. Indeed, the 2007...

  • Special: Old Ship, New Mission
    By David Axe

    In her final months, the Nashville refines smart-power strategy for Africa.

    The crew and mission staff on board the USS Nashville (LPD-13) were in for a surprise when the 570-foot vessel approached the tiny port in...

  • An Undersea Deterrent?
    By Andrew S. Erickson and Michael Chase
    China's investment in a nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine force and the accompanying infrastructure indicates a major effort to take the boats to sea.

    Increasingly aggressive Chinese harassment of U.S. survey...

  • Why Does Brazil Need Nuclear Submarines?
    By Paul D. Taylor
    Brazil's developing nuclear program shows its increasing global prominence.

    The National Defense Strategy the government of Brazil released on 17 December 2008 provides little plausible military justification for the...

  • Stealth Partners
    By Captain Pete Miller, U.S. Navy
    Traditional roles performed by U.S. Navy attack submarines in coastal Africa are expanding to include training international navies and information-sharing. First reports of their performance give high marks.

    It is...

  • Changing the Face of Undersea Warfare
    By Captain David Portner, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Sometimes a scalpel is a better tool than an ax. The Navy sees such promise in a miniature torpedo.

    As a senior research engineer with Penn State University Applied Research Lab, I assure readers that I am not endorsing a...

  • Where Have All the Mush Mortons Gone?
    By James R. Holmes
    The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced the Navy to change its culture. Can it take similar measures in the face of new threats?

    Detecting, interpreting, and adapting to trends in the strategic environment is seldom...

  • Mine Warfare's Best Defense
    By Master Chief Mineman John Babcock, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Destroyers working with remote minehunting systems are valuable assets, but hunting is not removal. The Navy still needs a dedicated mine warfare force.

    In recent years numerous articles have been published about mine...

  • The Nuclear Approach to Ballistic Missile Defense
    By Norman Polmar and Robert S. Norris
    In An Excerpt From Their Book, The U.S. Nuclear Arsenal: A History Of Weapons And Delivery Systems Since 1945, To Be Published By The Naval Institute Press In July...
  • Book Reviews

    Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Illus. Map. Bib. Index. 480 pp. $30.

    Reviewed by Ferenc Szasz...

  • Professional Notes

    Conserving Fuel at Sea

    By Commander Glenn P. Kuffel, Lieutenant Commander Barry Palmer, and Lieutenant Commander Mary Katey Hays, U.S. Navy

  • Naval Systems: 'Smart Shopping'
    By Edward J. Walsh

    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS), which is acting as platform systems engineering agent (PSEA) for the core mission system of the Navy's second littoral combat ship,

    the Independence (LCS-2), will play the...

  • World Naval Developments: Chasing the Pirates
    By Norman Friedman

    The April seizure of the U.S. merchant ship Maersk Alabama and the protracted captivity of her captain dramatized a growing piracy problem off the Somali coast. U.S. Navy SEALs eventually rescued the captain and killed three of his...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Vietnam recently agreed to purchase six Kilo-class submarines from Russia, concluding discussions that had been in the works for a number of years. In an interesting twist, the project, announced this...

  • Lest We Forget: A Question of Paternity
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Beneath the main deck of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, there is a magnificent marble sarcophagus containing the remains of John Paul Jones, a fitting resting place for someone who is frequently referred to as the "Father of the American...

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    Kelso Oral History Is Available

    Over the past several years, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Frank B. Kelso II has participated unstintingly in the Naval Institute's Oral History Program. More recently dozens of supporters...

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