Proceedings Magazine - April 2010 Vol. 136/4/1,286

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    by Ric Smith
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  • Editor's Page

    From the day I started at the Naval Institute in early 2005 we had discussed producing an issue of Proceedings focusing on China. Although we had featured numerous articles on different aspects of China's culture and its military, we...

  • More Henderson, Less Bonds
    By Commander Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy
    Not only do Influence Squadrons save money by deploying lower-priced ships, their sheer numbers also allow for more presence, a U.S. Navy version of the on-base percentage in Major League Baseball.

    For generations, avid...

  • World Naval Developments: New Modes of Failure
    By Norman Friedman

    Toyota's automobile problems carry some interesting lessons for naval and other defense systems. Apparently it and other car manufacturers have quietly been moving from mechanical connections to what might be called drive-by-wire, analogous...

  • Happy Birthday, Chief Petty Officers
    By Captain Dan Fillion, U.S. Navy; with Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    The month of April marks an important milestone in the life of our service. It is the birthday of the Chiefs' Mess, the date when the rank of chief petty officer was introduced. The path to this position of

    leadership and trust is...

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    Enhancing Company Operations for Real

    By Colonel Vince Goulding, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

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    By Norman Polmar

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    By Edward J. Walsh

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  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Two offshore patrol vessels for Trinidad and Tobago's Coast Guard were formally named in November 2009. First of the class, Port of Spain, pictured here, is being built at BAE's Portsmouth yard while sister Scarborough,...

  • Lest We Forget: SEALORDS and ACTOV
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. was unquestionably one of the most controversial men to ever head the Navy. His advocates called him the "man of the hour" and the "savior of the Navy," while his detractors saw him as the...

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  • Is China Bypassing Our Maginot Line?
    By Lieutenant Commander Leah Amerling-Bray, U.S. Navy
    China's concept of military modernization spotlights the U.S. need to adapt to an entirely new way of conducting warfare.

    In more than a decade as a naval intelligence officer, I have often witnessed firsthand the...

  • A Thoroughbred Ship-Killer
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Small, fast, stealthy, and lethal, China's new class of fast-attack craft receives little attention. Yet the hull represents a potential success story on how to field small combatants.

    Even with its striking design and...

  • Through a Chinese Lens
    By Commander Peter A. Dutton, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    With Sino-centric visions of international laws and treaties, China has essentially claimed the South China Sea as its own.

    The March 2009 USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) incident, like the 2001 EP-3 event before it,...

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  • Now Hear This: The Future of the U.S.-China Security Relationship
    By The Honorable Ike Skelton

    The U.S.-China security relationship is poised at a moment of choice, and the outcome of this choice could not be more important for the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The United States and China are the world's two largest economies....

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .When It Comes to Dueling Doctrines, It's Mullen & Powell vs. Rumsfeld
    By James Dobbins

    Reflecting changes in the American approach to counterinsurgency, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen recently enunciated a new and apparently more restrained doctrine for the use of armed force. But was his March 3 speech...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Hope I've Done the Lieutenant Proud'
    By Gilbert M. Grosvenor

    He is former editor of National Geographic magazine and chairman of the board of trustees of the National Geographic Society and its Education Foundation. Gilbert Grosvenor retired as the Society's president in June 1996, the fifth generation...

  • From the Deckplates: Remember Where They Came From
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    April is a great time for chief petty officers to reflect on their history and proud heritage. The rank was created on 1 April 1893, and for the last 117 years, countless men and women have joined the "most exclusive of all maritime...

  • The Ship that Will Not Die
    By Daniel Carlsson

    Some heroes live in the annals of history forever. Others just fade away, like the old soldier in General Douglas MacArthur's farewell speech on 19 April 1951.

  • Scanning the Horizon for 'New Historical Missions'
    By Nan Li
    The Chinese Navy is the special beneficiary of its government's embrace of 'externalization.'

    During the past two decades, China has made substantial progress in modernizing the People's Liberation Army...

  • Coming without Shadows, Leaving without Footprints
    By Lyle Goldstein and Shannon Knight
    China is quietly prioritizing its development of unmanned undersea vehicles.

    China has invested heavily in undersea warfare over the last decade. It is well known, for example, that during this period Beijing has been...

  • Eyes in the Sky
    By Andrew S. Erickson
    With 15 new satellites launched in 2008 alone and an ambitious program to produce more space-based surveillance technology, China is increasing its ability to monitor its near seas with deadly precision.

    China is...

  • 'Get Off the Fainting Couch'
    By Craig Hooper and Christopher Albon
    Have fretful descriptions of China's medium-range antiship ballistic missile endangered America's strategic standing in the Pacific Basin...
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