Proceedings Digital Edition

July 2009
A digital edition of the July issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and will ...
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The Promise of a Port Call

By Ensign Charlie Hymen, U.S. Navy
July 2009
A newly minted ensign laments that the Navy is missing a golden public relations opportunity with its liberty restrictions.
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From Our Archive

July 2009
'Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.'John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) If the exertion on this recruit's face is an indication of ...
All photos courtesy of the Kelso Family

Naval Institute Foundation

July 2009
Our Guiding LightsWhen the Naval Institute Press decided to publish Guiding Lights, an inspirational tribute to the military heroes who are the namesakes of Naval Academy buildings and monuments, we ...
Paul Dean

Lest We Forget: MacLeod's Navy

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2009
Two 36-foot boats crept through the darkness in the Rung Sat Special Zone-long known as the "Forest of Assassins." It was a maze of waterways, all laced together through thick ...
CHRIS SATTLER

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
July 2009
Australia's highly trained submarine force is facing serious problems as a combination of maintenance cycles and personnel shortages have recently sidelined as many as five of its six Collins-class submarines ...
U.S. Navy (Patrick Grieco)

World Naval Developments: Banning the Bomb?

By Norman Friedman
July 2009
Late in May, North Korea exploded its second nuclear device. It had recently tested its long-range Taepo Dong (U.S. designation) missile in satellite-launching mode, and it test-fired several shorter-range missiles. ...
U.S. AIR FORCE (AARON ALLMON)

Royal Navy: Back to the Past

By Norman Polmar
July 2009
A move is under way in Great Britain to abolish the Royal Navy's air arm. At the moment there is not much to dissolve: the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) currently ...
DON WALSH

Oceans: Flying Underwater

By Don Walsh
July 2009
For nearly 50 years, conventional manned deep submersibles have operated on the principle of a free balloon or blimp (powered balloon). Buoyancy is normally provided by a plastic matrix materialfilled ...
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Professional Notes

July 2009
Ramping up Navy CounterterrorismTerrorist networks have evolved significantly since 2001, with more lethal and effective tactics. Our approach to fighting them has made tremendous strides as well. The Navy has ...
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Books in Brief

By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>
July 2009
Merchant Mariners at War: An Oral History of World War II George J. Billy and Christine M. Billy. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2008. 324 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. ...
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Book Reviews

July 2009
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008Thomas E. Ricks. New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2009. Illus. 394 pp. $27.95.Reviewed by John R. BallardThose ...
U.S. Marine corps (alison l. martinez)

Why I Chose the Corps

By Second Lieutenant Casey Sheldon, U.S. Marine Corps
July 2009
After he took his first ride in a Marine F/A-18, this former Naval Academy midshipman knew what his future would be.
DOD (John GAY)

Ships of State

By Lieutenant Michael J. Quigley, U.S. Navy Reserve
July 2009
Throughout U.S. history, gunboat diplomacy and showing the flag have effectively cemented relations overseas. They still do.
REUTERS (Kevin Lamarque)

Editor's Page

Paul Merzlak
July 2009
We never lack for feedback from our readers and membership. While it's always nice to receive a "well done," we are more likely to get writers who disagree, often strongly, ...
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

Put the Navy in the Lead!

By Lieutenant Commander Bart L. Denny, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2009
With the Standard Missile and Aegis, no service is better equipped to defend against ballistic missiles than the Navy.
NASA Archive

One Giant Leap

Photography from the NASA Archive
July 2009
A naval aviator became the first human to set foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969 40 years ago this month.
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The Contested Commons

By Michele Flournoy and Shawn Brimley
July 2009
The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and an OSD strategist are focusing on the sea, the air, space, and cyberspace.
u.s. navy (rosalie garcia)

From the Deckplates: Blurring the Lines

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2009
Recent uniform changes have encountered support and opposition. Many complaints concern the appearance of the new Navy Working Uniform (NWU) for petty officers first class and below. There are valid ...
u.s. marine corps (monty burton)

Nobody Asked Me, But...Rank, Rate, or Pay Grade?

By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
July 2009
Replacing rank with pay grade is among the second order effects of the unification of the services and the resulting balkanization of the leadership bureaucracy of the Department of Defense.Recognizing ...
u.s. navy (ron kuzlik)

Now Hear This: Obama's Navy?

By Captain Thomas Fedyszyn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2009
President Barack Obama will have no shortage of advice as he continues on his pledge to deliver change for America. Reigniting the American economy after a severe recession is currently ...
Eric Smith

Comment and Discussion

July 2009
Fear and Loathing in the Post-Naval Era(See B. Tillman, pp. 16-21, June 2009 Proceedings)Captain Thomas A. Davis, U.S. Navy (Retired)—I read Barrett Tillman's article and couldn't decide ...