Proceedings Magazine - November 2010 Vol. 136/11/1,293


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  • Comment and Discussion

    Running on Empty

    (See C. Hooper, pp. 60–65, October 2010 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Marines Need to Be More Spartan with Energy Use
    By Colonel Robert J. Charette Jr.

    Over the years, the Marine Corps has taken more than a few pages from ancient Greece’s playbook to inculcate a warrior ethos in our ranks. We view ourselves as modern-day Spartans—fast, lethal, and austere. While we’ve proven...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...What's in a Name?
    By J. M. Caiella

    On 23 April, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name of the newest San Antonio–class amphibious transport dock ship. The tenth ship of the class, LPD-26, is to be named for recently deceased Representative John P. Murtha...

  • Answering the Call: 'The Common Thread Is Motivation'
    By H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest
  • From the Deckplates: Semper Marines!
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy, Retired

    A 14 September Washington Times article by Frank J. Gaffney Jr. discussed efforts by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that threaten the Marine Corps’ existence. Could the Marine Corps cease to exist with the eventual end to combat...

  • Hitting the Beach in the 21st Century
    By Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work and Lieutenant Colonel F. G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    As adversaries and weapons grow more advanced, amphibious doctrine must evolve, and the Navy—Marine Corps team must keep the blade sharpened for sea-to-shore capabilities.


  • Versatility in the Age of Uncertainty
    By Lieutenant General George J. Flynn, U.S. Marine Corps
    With its ability to work across the seams of other services’ domains and its value in the all-important littoral sphere, the Marine Corps remains as relevant as ever in the 21st century.


  • Taking Counterinsurgency to the Countryside
    By Captain Jeffrey Kausek, U.S. Marine Corps
    The successful strategy used in Iraq will not work in Afghanistan, where winning over the resilient rural populace is the answer to winning the war.


  • Evolution of a Ship Takedown
    By Captain Alexander Martin, U.S. Marine Corps
    A platoon of Force Recon Marines played a key role in a recent pirate capture and rescue of a merchant ship’s crew. Here’s how they trained for it.


    On 9 September 2010 Force Recon Marines from the...

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    A digital edition of the November issue of Proceedings...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • What Would General Washington Think?
    By Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)

    On 19 August, I was contacted by the father of a Marine sergeant killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, earlier in the summer. I had met and come to know the young man’s family during his “Dignified Transfer”...

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  • The Tried. The True. Assault from the Sea
    By Lieutenant Colonel John T. Quinn, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    While precision-strike scenarios currently dominate U.S. strategic planning, the need for forcible entry in time of crisis is not going to go away.

    Recent assessments of the future security environment envision many types...

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  • Stolen Valor Act on Trial
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gary D. Solis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Contemptible impostors are still passing themselves off as military heroes. This year, high courts have ruled in their favor. Here’s why.


  • How to Fight an Unmanned War
    By Lieutenant James E. Drennan, U.S. Navy
    Before wielding robots as weapons, we must understand how to use them properly and effectively.


    Imagine this future scenario: The United States is on the brink of war with a hostile state threatening national...

  • Book Reviews
  • Professional Notes

    Use RIMPAC for Future Naval Force Development

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

    The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) conducted an experiment in July that merits the attention of...

  • Oceans: Do You Know the Way to Cathay? The Northwest Passage Today
    By Don Walsh

    For more than 400 years, the Northwest Passage through the Canadian archipelago was the holy grail of exploration. Though entirely above the Arctic Circle, its importance was that it might be a pathway between Europe and the riches of Asia.

  • U.S. Fleet: Don't Break Up the "BMD Yankees"!, Part One
    By Norman Polmar

    I don’t have many heroes. But two of them passed away this past year. In September 2009, retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, the father of the Aegis weapon system, died after a lengthy illness. Then, in July 2010, George Steinbrenner,...

  • World Naval Developments: Virus Season
    By Norman Friedman

    A spectacular cyber-attack has dramatized the potential of this type of warfare. Beginning in June 2010, computer security experts discovered a worm called STUXNET, which seems to have been designed specifically to attack Siemens industrial...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim
  • Lest We Forget: 'What Ship is that?'
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    History does not record why Edward Preble—seventh on the list of ten captains then in service—was selected to take command of the U.S. Navy’s Mediterranean Squadron in the Spring of 1803.

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    During this month of Thanksgiving, we salute three recent benefactors of the Naval Institute

    Jack C. Taylor

    For only the second time in its 137-year history, an “angel” has stepped forward to make a game-changing $1...

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