Proceedings Magazine - December 2010 Vol. 136/12/1,294


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  • Now Hear This: The Royal Navy Is Key to Britain's Security Strategy
    By Anthony Wells

    The latest British Strategic Defence and Security Review, launched on 19 October 2010, was a budget-cutting exercise. It was not a statement of the strategic direction the United Kingdom should take and why. Instead, it was an across-the...

  • Answering the Call: 'Serving in Uniform Gave Me Something I Could Draw On'
    By Joe Kubert

    He had already begun working as a cartoonist and commercial artist when he was drafted in the early 1950s. But Joe Kubert’s two years in the U.S. Army (as a sign-painter for Special Services) taught him the art of discipline and...

  • 'Down to the Seas'
    By Shashi N. Kumar
    The Merchant Marine facilitates globalization, but faces a severe shortage of qualified mariners.

    As a merchant mariner, I am among those mesmerized by John Masefield’s revered poem “Sea-Fever”: “I...

  • The Big Myth of Somali Pirates
    By Stephen M. Carmel
    They pose little threat. But there is peril in comparing them to Barbary brigands. That muddies the debate—clouding our perspective on what truly is in our national interest.

    In much of the froth about piracy off the...

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

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
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  • Editor's Page

    As Americans descend on big box stores and shopping malls during this holiday season, it’s likely few of them stop to think about the long journey the goods on the shelves made to arrive at their favorite outlets. Look closely and note that...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...The Mission Is Warfighting, Not Relief
    By Robert J. Carr

    A nation going into battle must be as prepared as possible, since wars are generally “come-as-you-are” affairs. Unfortunately, the U.S. Navy has recently been spending increasing time and resources on humanitarian missions, to the...

  • From the Deckplates: Bring 'em Back on Base
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Military social clubs have closed at drastic rates over the last several years. Venues that once hosted a wide variety of quality entertainment are gone, replaced in some cases with less popular and financially failing establishments.


  • Display Art from the Battlefield
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    ‘It’s the best art collection no one has ever heard of,” says curator Renée Klish of the Army Art Collection. Small wonder: almost all of the 16,500-plus works are stored below ground level on 14th Street in Washington,...

  • New Rules, New Fuels
    By Commander Emil A. Muccin, U.S. Maritime Service
    Green shipping is a challenge—and viable. The maritime industry must get on board.

    Change is needed in the maritime industry, which is at a critical juncture. New rules and regulations will drastically affect the...

  • Arms and the Merchantman
    By Larry Cosgriff and Edward Feege
    It might not end piracy per se, but putting armed guards on ships could buy often-valuable minutes for their crews and nearby naval personnel.

    In April 2009, as six Somali pirates approached a seemingly lucrative target...

  • China's Navy: A Turn to Corbett?
    By James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara
    Chinese navalists have been mixing some Sir Julian Corbett into their Mahanian cocktails lately. That is wise on their part, and something that bears American scrutiny.

    Some years ago, as China cast about for sea-power...

  • The Death of NATO
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Bateman III, U.S. Army
    As the first American Commander-in-Chief famously admonished, no alliance should be permanent; is it time to bid farewell to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?


  • Acquisition Reform the Meyer Way
    By Robert E. Gray, Troy S. Kimmel, and Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Want to know how to fix acquisition of complex systems? Look no further than the military and engineering expertise espoused by the Father of Aegis.

    The quest for defense acquisition reform has been pursued for decades,...

  • In the Wake of a Sunken Soviet Submarine
    By Norman Polmar
    Many Russians still believe that the United States raised the entire K-129.

    At a Bethesda, Maryland, officers’ club party in December 1974, a Soviet naval attaché told a U.S. naval officer it was...

  • 'His Remarks Reverberated from Berlin to Washington'
    By Michael T. McMaster and Kenneth J. Hagan
    On the centennial of the event, two naval scholars look back on a seemingly benign speech—delivered at the London Guildhall by a mid-grade U.S. Navy officer—that nearly ended a budding career.

    A century ago...

  • Book Reviews

    Obama’s Wars

    Bob Woodward. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. 464 pp. Illus. Gloss. Notes. Index. $30.

    Reviewed by James Kitfield

    With Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward has again...

  • Professional Notes

    Encrypt Naval Communications with Merchant Ships

    By Lieutenant F. J. Sluiman, Royal Netherlands Navy Reserve

    Vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden receive passage guidance, recommended routing, and threat...

  • U.S. Navy: Don't Break Up the "BMD Yankees"!
    By Norman Polmar
    (Second of Two Parts)

    The passing of retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, the father of the Aegis weapon system, and George Steinbrenner, principal owner and manager of the New York Yankees—as discussed in last...

  • Naval Systems: Navy-Army High-Speed Ship Program Moving Forward
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Naval Sea Systems Command this fall authorized Austal USA, prime contractor for the joint Army-Navy Joint High-Speed Vessel (JHSV) program, to begin construction on the fourth and fifth ships of the class at the company’s Mobile,...

  • World Naval Developments: Whither Britannia?
    By Norman Friedman

    In mid-October the British government announced the result of its Strategic Defence Review in parallel with its new budget. Given the financial crisis and the perceived need to reduce deficit spending, deep cuts were widely expected. The Royal...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Once the world’s mightiest fleet, Britain’s Royal Navy is reeling from recent defense cuts announced in October as part of the United Kingdom’s Strategic Defense and Security Review. These cuts include termination of the UK...

  • Lest We Forget: A Bright Future Momentarily Dimmed
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The commodore ordered the young lieutenant to conduct an accurate survey of an important stretch of the New England coast. It was a plum assignment for such a junior officer, given to him because he had already demonstrated much ability and even...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Institute Leaders Set Sail

    Eleven participants in the Naval Institute’s “Leaders to Sea” initiative embarked in the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) for two days in mid-October during operations...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.’

    Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)

    The first major snowfall of 2008...


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