Proceedings Magazine - November 2009 Vol. 135/11/1,281

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Three well-known military thinkers re-evaluate what we've assumed to know—that just wasn't so—about a country where we've been fighting for eight years....


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  • Afghanistan: Connecting Assumptions and Strategy
    By Colonel T. X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Major William S. McCallister, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Three well-known military thinkers re-evaluate what we've assumed to know—that just wasn't so—about a country where we've been fighting for eight years.

    The 19th-century humorist Josh Billings once...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the November issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view....

  • Editor's Page

    This month we celebrate the 234th birthday of one the proudest, most elite fighting forces in the world: the United States Marine Corps. Since 1775 the Corps has been in the forefront of some of the toughest fighting in our nation's history....

  • Comment and Discussion

    Disorder on the Border

    (See D. Danelo, pp. 44-49, October 2009 Proceedings)

    Richard Kinsella—This excellent article is a rude awakening...

  • Now Hear This: An Expeditionary Solution to Somali Piracy
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) James Lloyd, U.S. Navy

    Since August 2008, piracy in the waters around Somalia has exploded. The international response to this increase has heretofore been largely confined to conducting law enforcement responses to distress calls on the high seas. In spite of the...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Keep the Marine DIs at OCS
    By Elizabeth Hawes Unangst

    The Cradle of Naval Aviation is much quieter now that the Navy's Officer Candidate School has moved from Pensacola to become part of the service's vision for Naval Station Newport as a "center of training excellence." Officer...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Started as a Geedunk Officer'
    By Bill Marriott

    The name Marriott is an icon in the hotel business, but the company's current CEO—and son of the founder—got his start in the Navy, as officer-in-charge of the ship's geedunk. Here's what then-Lieutenant (junior grade...

  • From the Deckplates: Semper Fortis
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    At the ripe old age of 234, the Navy suffers from an identity crisis. Efforts to answer the simplest questions—who we are and what we stand for—never end. A simple, consistent message has long perplexed us.

    For an example of...

  • The First Line of Defense
    By Rear Admiral Ben Wachendorf, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The implications for the Navy of the change in the nation's ballistic-missile defense policy are significant: more missiles, more platforms, more operations. But what platforms? What structure?
  • Combating the Managerialist Scourge
    By Lieutenant Adam C. Wolfe, U.S. Navy Reserve
    You've delivered product to the customer (your metrics prove it), and you've leveraged the best practices of business to yield a value-added solution. What do you want, a medal?

    The character of a nation's...

  • Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton
    By Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland
    Vice Admiral James Stockdale's principles can inspire any organization's leaders.

    The USS Stockdale (DDG-106) was commissioned in April 2009 in Santa Barbara, California. The man for whom the destroyer is...

  • Where's the Special Trust and Confidence?
    By Captain Brian Donlon, U.S. Marine Corps
    Marines stand in harm's way and make tough, split-second decisions in battle. Back home, they face seminars about liberty conduct and fastening seatbelts. Is this smart training for "strategic corporals"?


  • Amphibious Prowess: Still a Cor[e]ps Need
    By Colonel Douglas King, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Lieutenant Colonel John Berry, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Too many military thinkers confuse amphibious assaults with amphibious operations. There is a difference.

    As General Douglas MacArthur so ably demonstrated with the Korean War landing at Inchon, General Omar N. Bradley...

  • Gunner Hulbert: 'A Real Old Corps Marine'
    By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    A well-known Marine Corps historian tells the true story of a legend.

    In his popular 1925 book, Fix Bayonets and Other Stories, John W. Thomason described a fictional character strikingly similar to a real Old...

  • Book Reviews

    Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World

    Martin N. Murphy. New York, NY: Columbia University Press/Hurst Publishers Ltd., 2009. 288 pp. $60.

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Chris...

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

    The United States Coast Guard in World War II: A History of Domestic and Overseas Actions

    Thomas P. Ostrom. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009. 260 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95.

    Thomas Ostrom's...

  • Professional Notes

    Building Partners Strengthens All

    By Colonel Bryan Salas, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

  • Oceans: The Dragon Learns to Dive
    By Don Walsh

    In August 2009, the People's Republic of China (PRC) began sea trials with its newly constructed Harmony 7000 three-person submersible. Capable of diving to 23,000 feet (7,000 meters), it is the world's deepest-diving manned...

  • U.S. Fleet: On the Front Burner
    By Norman Polmar

    The carrier controversy is heating up. The latest developments include: (1) the pending reduction of the U.S. carrier force to ten ships, (2) Secretary of Defense Robert Gates probably delaying construction of the next carrier, the CVN-79, and (3...

  • World Naval Developments: Another Great Leap Forward?
    By Norman Friedman

    The first of October is the national holiday of the People's Republic of China, the anniversary of the proclamation of the republic in Beijing. This year's commemoration was special because it was the 60th anniversary, and it was marked...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Russian military has begun to re-examine its naval force structure following last year's conflict with Georgia, and the lack of a large amphibious assault ship is chief among its most pressing requirements. A dramatic...

  • Lest We Forget: Madame la Force
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the Friday evening of 28 June 1861, nearly 60 passengers boarded the packet St. Nicholas for a voyage from Baltimore to Washington. Because the Civil War had begun two months earlier and the passengers had to be searched for weapons...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In this month of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to the thousands of benefactors who have stepped up to help the Naval Institute fulfill its educational mission in 2009. Among our many supporters, it is a pleasure to recognize two...

  • From Our Archive

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  • U.S. Marine Corps Resources

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

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