Proceedings Magazine - August 2009 Vol. 135/8/1,278

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If it's true that you really don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, then we could find ourselves saying that about the U.S. Coast Guard someday. Many citizens of both the...



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    If it's true that you really don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, then we could find ourselves saying that about the U.S. Coast Guard someday. Many citizens of both the United States and the world (and perhaps some of our...

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    Fear and Loathing in the Post-Naval Era

    (See B. Tillman, pp. 16-21, June 2009; T. A. Davis, T. Williams, J. F. Keiler, J. Gabbert, pp. 6-7, July 2009 Proceedings...

  • Now Hear This: Maritime Security Consortiums
    By Captain Gordan Evans Van Hook, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As many readers are no doubt aware, over 90 percent of the world's trade travels by sea in more than 50,000 merchant ships registered in over 150 nations. Most of these ships travel within their own domes of awareness, sharing little...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Sometimes the Insignificant Is Significant
    By Captain R. L. Crossland, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    To rescue Captain Richard Phillips of the merchant vessel Maersk Alabama in April 2009, the rescue force needed to maintain communication with the pirates, secure their cooperation, reduce their level of vigilance, and take the ship's...

  • Answering the Call: From Supply Officer to Corporate CEO
    By A. G. Lafley

    In the business world, A. G. Lafley is well-known as the chairman of the board (and former CEO) of Procter & Gamble Co., the giant Cincinnati-based household goods manufacturer. But he got his start in business running the Navy Exchange at a...

  • Heavy Weather Ahead for the Coast Guard
    By Captain Jim Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) and Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
    Competing priorities and shrinking budgets threaten to swamp the service.

    The U.S. Coast Guard faces a stark and troubled future.

  • To Fight and Save
    By Lieutenant Craig Allen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard
    The modernization of the U.S. Coast Guard must include instilling the guardian ethos espoused by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.

    Admiral Allen took a bold step toward solidifying a common culture within the Coast Guard with...

  • The Next Coast Guard Helo
    By Lieutenant Neal A. Corbin, U.S. Coast Guard
    The future of Coast Guard rotary-wing aircraft operations will be defined by their history.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has been at the forefront of helicopter development since then-Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest J....

  • Guardians of the Gulf
    By William H. Thiesen
    Innovation and efficiency have been the hallmarks of Coast Guard combat operations in the Northern Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have...

  • 'A Ditching None Could Expect to Survive'
    By Captain Andrew C. A. Jampoler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    At the height of the Cold War, an unlikely coalition of aircraft from the Coast Guard, the Navy, and the Air Force, along with a Soviet fishing trawler, battled heavy northern Pacific weather in an effort to save the crew of a...
  • Bring the Navy Back to Sea
    By Lieutenant David S. Coles, U.S. Navy
    The U.S. Navy has led Combined Joint Task Force humanitarian and training efforts in the Horn of Africa for more than six years. Now it's time to return to mission number one: maintaining freedom of the seas.

    In the...

  • We Need to Invest in Oceanography
    By Ensign Joseph F. Sahid, U.S. Navy Reserve
    This critical field of research is in urgent need of attention.

    Studying the oceans has repeatedly benefited the United States, from helping the Navy track and destroy German U-boats to assisting American energy companies...

  • Under Pressure
    By Ensign William Arnest, U.S. Navy
    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest
    The U.S. submarine force faces unprecedented stresses in the 21st century, but like its boats, that's what it was designed for....
  • Book Reviews

    Shadow of the Sword: A Marine's Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption

    Jeremiah Workman with John Bruning. New York, NY: Presidio Press, 2009. 272 pp. Prologue. Epilogue. $26.
    Reviewed by Captain Wesley R. Gray, U.S....

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

    Just Doing My Job: Stories of Service from World War II

    Jonna Doolittle Hoppes. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, 2009. 344 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $24.95.

    From Soldiers and spies to factory workers and nurses,...

  • Professional Notes

    Maximize Maritime Partnerships

    By By Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Lieutenant Fred Bertsch, and Commander Bill Csisar, U.S. Coast Guard; and Joe DiRenzo III

    The 2007 Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, signed and...

  • U.S. Navy: Keep Building those Damn Ships
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates must be congratulated for his recent recommendations that will cut certain Defense programs he feels are not appropriate for today's conflicts, and accelerating others he believes are relevant. His...

  • Naval Systems: 'Urgent Need' for Combat Craft
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Surface warfare leaders met at the Little Creek, Virginia, Naval Amphibious Base early this summer to find new ways to speed up procurement of fast, high-performance combat craft that they say are critical to meeting the Navy's role in...

  • World Naval Developments: Tomorrow's Wars
    By Norman Friedman

    The United Kingdom celebrated its first Armed Forces Day late in June. The Telegraph marked the occasion with an op-ed by Thomas Harding to the effect that "big guns," i.e., conventional high-tech weapons will not win "today's...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    India's navy recently sent a four-ship task group on an extensive four-month deployment intended to increase cooperation while taking part in training and visiting ports in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Headed by the Project-15...

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

    Just days before the beginning of the War of 1812, Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton met with the ranking officers of the U.S. Navy to discuss how best to fight the most powerful navy on earth. Stephen Decatur and other more junior captains...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    History Challenge Update

    Earlier this year, the Tawani Foundation of Chicago pledged to match all gifts-up to $40,000-that the Naval Institute Foundation raises for the Oral History Program between February and October 2009. With three...

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    The waves that plunged along the shore
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  • From the Deckplates: Inequal Equality
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy

    This past January, the rules changed for Sailors with more than 20 years of service. NAVADMIN 030/09 announced career continuation boards for chief, senior chief, and master chief petty officers. Annual boards, starting next month, have an...

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