Proceedings Magazine - June 2010 Vol. 136/6/1,288

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Few would dispute that Admiral Hyman G. Rickover cast a large shadow over the late 20th-century U.S. Navy. Not many flag officers in the long and storied history of the service generated as much...



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    Few would dispute that Admiral Hyman G. Rickover cast a large shadow over the late 20th-century U.S. Navy. Not many flag officers in the long and storied history of the service generated as much controversy. Recognized as the father of the...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Get Serious About Naval Gunfire Support

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    By Captain Rymn Parsons, JAGC, U.S. Navy Reserve

    A sea change in environmental security is under way and moving fast. Climate change has captured the world's attention, and national-security establishments are scurrying to grasp its strategic implications. The Navy, first among the armed...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .Provide Smooth Sailing for the U.S. Navy
    By Mackenzie Eaglen

    America's Navy sails alone.

    It's impossible to compare the U.S. Fleet to the rest of the world's navies, because the United States has a singular role and mission. We need a better navy than anyone else.

    No post-World...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Was Conning the Eastwind through the Icefields'
    By J. D. Power III

    Americans know him as the founder of J. D. Power and Associates, the widely quoted market research firm that tracks customer satisfaction in the auto industry and for dozens of other products. But to crew members on board the U.S. Coast Guard...

  • From the Deckplates: Chief or E-7?
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As part of Chief Petty Officer Initiation, Sailors memorize several readings, each teaching some lesson related to their impending promotion. One of these is a comparison of a Chief and an E-7. There is no difference to the untrained, but most of...

  • The Right Submarine for Lurking in the Littorals
    By Milan Vego
    SSKs are better designed for narrow, shallow seas than fast attack submarines.

    Nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) are capable of operating in shallow, confined waters...

  • Preventing Undersea Mishaps
    By Commander Michael Dobbs, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Robert Wong
    Battle rhythms in 21st-century maritime conflicts will increase the probability that friendly submarines will suffer fratricide or navigation accidents. Automated control must catch up with the risks.

    Consider the...

  • The Wrath of Rickover
    By Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman endures legendary tongue lashings and banishment to a broom closet from the Father of the Nuclear Navy.

    The time was about 1900, after a series of very long days. Like the others, this day...

  • Fight or Flight?
    By Troy Bentz
    The littoral combat ship is an essential antisubmarine warfare defensive weapon. It's time to use its speed, agility, and modular sonar-system capabilities to take the fight to the enemy.

    Times change, and methods of...

  • Striving for Balance in Defense
    By Thomas G. Mahnken
    Now that the new Quadrennial Defense Review has been unveiled, the United States needs to do more to address current (Iraq and Afghanistan) as well as potential future (Iran, North Korea, and China) security challenges.


  • DOD Strategic Planning—the 'New Normal'
    By Captain Daniel Steward, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    From "boutique" R&D to an antiquated acquisitions...
  • Our Lethal Dependence on Oil
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Douglas L. Marsh, U.S. Navy
    The U.S. Navy, the largest single consumer of diesel fuel in the world, is taking steps to prepare for an alternative-energy future...
  • NATO after Afghanistan
    By Karl-Heinz Kamp
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should return to the core principles on which it was founded: to strengthen and protect its members' security interests.

    More than 60 years after it was formed, the North Atlantic...

  • Special: Remember the '45ers: a Remarkable Class, a Remarkable Legacy
    By Robert Beresford Williams

    We are veterans of battles in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War. Our survivors are now approaching or just passing their 90th birthdays.

    Our classmates died on foreign shores, blazed new trails, helped conquer space. Our...

  • 'Side by Side'
    By Second Lieutenant Eric Montgomery, U.S. Marine Corps

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    For one former enlisted Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq, being a commissioned officer carries a great deal of personal weight.


  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Ethics
    By Ensign Rique Sanchez, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    UAVs take humans out of the battle zone...

  • Spend Smartly, Adapt Accordingly
    By Ensign Terence Bennett, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Today's surface-warfare environment requires a leaner, more versatile shipbuilding approach.

    The United States military has been...

  • Book Reviews

    The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic

    William P. Leeman. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 281 pp. Illus. Intro. Appen. Notes. Bib. Index. $39....

  • Professional Notes

    Submarines Have Special Connectivity Needs

    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Submariners and others who live or die through stealth (or the lack thereof) understand in a visceral sense their needs for and means...

  • Naval Systems: Open Architecture: Versatility Through Flexibility
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy's Open Architecture Enterprise Team (OAET) this spring published a new Program Manager's Open Architecture Guidebook. Its goal...

  • World Naval Developments: Making Deterrence Work
    By Norman Friedman

    In May the Obama administration announced a new national nuclear policy. Its most striking feature is the pledge that, if a country that has signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty should attack the United States with other weapons of mass...

  • Lest We Forget: 'Don't Give Up the Vessel'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Early in the American Revolution, James Mugford of Marblehead, Massachusetts, was impressed aboard a Royal Navy warship near his hometown, and while there overheard some of the British officers talking about the anticipated arrival of a large...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Help Complete the Golden Thirteen Project

    When Frank E. Sublett Jr., of Glencoe, Illinois, died in September 2006, the last surviving member of the Golden Thirteen had passed. This remarkable group of men broke the color barrier when...

  • From Our Archive

    'A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.'

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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    One of India's most capable new surface combatants was commissioned into service on 29 April. The Shivalik is the first of a new class of Project 17 guided-missile frigates that incorporates signature-reduction...

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    A digital edition of the June issue of Proceedings is available for...

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