Proceedings Magazine - February 2010 Vol. 136/2/1,284

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  • Mess Deck Intelligence
    By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Mess Deck Intelligence is a military blog open to all. We stand for strong defense and a strong Navy.

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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
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  • Editor's Page

    As we were preparing this issue in late December, the world marked the 30th anniversary of the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Our lead story this issue is a bit of a departure for us, but one we believe will be food for thought...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth

    (See J. Patch, pp. 17-20, January 2010 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Take China's ASBM Potential Seriously
    By Andrew Erickson

    If developed and deployed successfully, a Chinese antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) system of systems would be the world's first capable of targeting a moving aircraft carrier strike group from long-range, land-based mobile launchers that...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Military Education is a Real Deal
    By Captain William Park, U.S. Navy

    As President Barack Obama delivered his Afghanistan surge speech at West Point this past December, I recalled Tom Ricks' April 2009 article advocating the closure of the service academies and war colleges to save taxpayer money. As I listened...

  • Answering the Call: 'What the Navy Gave Me Was Immeasurable'
    By Leonard Lauder

    Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of Estee Lauder Companies, one of the world's leading cosmetics and skin-care firms. Like many top executives, he got his start as a Navy Supply Corps officer. Here's his account of his eight years...

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

    After Captain Kevin Eyer delivered some tough criticism with "Reviving the Chiefs' Mess" in the January Proceedings, readers may have anticipated a...

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

    Nuclear Dawn: The Atomic Bomb from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War

    James P. Delgado. New York: Osprey Publishing, 2009. 216 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $24.95.

    The author, who is also a maritime archaeologist...

  • A New QDR in a Different Atmosphere
    By Commanders George Capen and Bryan Clark, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Two experienced naval strategists anticipate the roll-out of the latest Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).

    The soon-to-be-released QDR took place under circumstances unlike any of its predecessors. This context and the...

  • Battle for the Airwaves
    By Captain Thomas A. Tack, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The finite electromagnetic spectrum controls nearly everything we do in modern warfare. The United States should task a new warfighting commander to protect it.

    The American military is the most powerful and...

  • Old Ideas Needed for a New War
    By Jim Lacey
    To learn more about how to handle insurgencies, we must consult historical examples.

    Sometime after 9/11, I was invited to a conference with various experts who were to offer out-of-the-box advice on combating terrorism....

  • Theirs Is to Reason Why
    By Major Donald Vandergriff, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Deciding when and how to close with an enemy may be the least important decision leaders make on an asymmetric battlefield.

    The challenge the Army faces today is not one of over-thinking situations, rather it is the...

  • Payoff is Worth the Effort
    By Colonel Casey Haskins, U.S. Army

    Implementing an outcomes-based training and education (OBT&E) program is not for those who would be popular. It requires hard work and the willingness to break established patterns. However, even before it is fully implemented rapid...

  • Follow the Bear
    By Commander David A. Adams, U.S. Navy, Major Kevin Norton, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Schmitt, U.S. Army, and Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson E. Turner, U.S. Air Force
    A joint team of active-duty U.S. military officers takes a second look at what worked in Afghanistan for the Soviet Union in the late 20th century and suggests that the United States could learn a thing or two from what transpired...
  • No Game-Changer for China
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The specter of the Chinese antiship ballistic missile could be just that if the United States takes a serious look at updating existing technology and past successful test programs.

    The bad news as we all know by now is...

  • Too Busy to Learn
    By Major General Robert H. Scales, U.S. Army (Retired)
    When the current wars begin to wind down, which they inevitably will, we need to take a closer look at reforming-...
  • There's No Place Like Newport
    By Milan Vego
    The Navy neglects service colleges to its detriment.

    The key factor for success in wars at sea is not the quality of materiel but the human element. These wars are won or lost at the operational and strategic...

  • Book Reviews

    The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940

    Geirr H. Haarr. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009. 416 pp. Maps. Illus. Index. Notes. Bib. $49.95

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas J. MacIntyre, U.S. Marine Corps...

  • Educating the Army in its Own COIN
    By Major Niel Smith, U.S. Army
    Counterinsurgency and conventional warfighting doctrine are both core competencies essential to the Army, and its schoolhouse curricula should balance the two.

    Despite fighting counterinsurgency campaigns in Afghanistan...

  • Professional Notes

    Using Web 2.0 As a Weapon

  • Naval Systems: How Green is My Ship?
    By Edward J. Walsh

    A hybrid electric-drive system will soon undergo testing that, if successful, could achieve significant fuel savings for the surface fleet. A Navy contract teams General Atomics and DRS Technologies to build the drive.

    Glen Sturtevant,...

  • World Naval Developments: Stealing Signals
    By Norman Friedman

    In December 2009 intelligence revealed that insurgents in Afghanistan were intercepting video from Predator (and presumably other) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Not long afterward it was admitted that as early as 2004 insurgents in Iraq had...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The British Navy escaped a recent budget review with only minor cuts as the war in Afghanistan continues to squeeze royal defense coffers. In mid-December the Ministry of Defence announced that two ships, the Sandown-class minehunter HMS Walney...

  • Lest We Forget: 'A terrible storm of shot and shell . . .'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    New Orleans was vital to control of the Mississippi River, and Union Flag Officer David Glasgow Farragut was determined to capture it. But the approaches to the city were guarded by a Confederate flotilla and by a pair of formidable forts...

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  • From Our Archive

    'To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.'

    Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

    A Sailor braves an obviously...


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