Editor's Page

Paul Merzlak
February 2010
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 ...

Comment & Discussion

February 2010
Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth(See J. Patch, pp. 17-20, January 2010 Proceedings)Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Commander Patch tries to make his point ...

Mess Deck Intelligence

By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
In the wake of the Army's shut-down of a master sergeant's military blog, frequent milblogger "Rubber Ducky" cries foul.
U.S. Navy (Barry Hirayama)

From the Deckplates: Reviving Authority

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
After Captain Kevin Eyer delivered some tough criticism with "Reviving the Chiefs' Mess" in the January Proceedings, readers may have anticipated a rebuttal here. Considering the somewhat biting title and ...

Books in Brief

By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 2010
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 ...

A New QDR in a Different Atmosphere

By Commanders George Capen and Bryan Clark, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
The Quadrennial Defense Review must deal with tight budgets affected by global economic crisis, two wars, and future threats.
Photo Courtesy of the Author

Battle for the Airwaves

By Captain Thomas A. Tack, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
Because the electromagnetic spectrum is a finite resource, the wide reach of wireless communication calls for more oversight.
U.S. Army

Theirs Is to Reason Why

By Major Donald Vandergriff, U.S. Army (Retired)
February 2010
Making clear the reasons behind decisions made on the asymmetric battlefield stimulates thinking at the junior level.

Payoff is Worth the Effort

By Colonel Casey Haskins, U.S. Army
February 2010
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 ...

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
February 2010
Much of the former Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan was a disaster, but some of the successes should be studied closely.
U.S. Air Force

No Game-Changer for China

By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
Our most effective defenses against Chinese antiship ballistic missiles might already be in place-or at least readily accessible.
National Army Museum, London / The Bridgeman Art Library

Too Busy to Learn

By Major General Robert H. Scales, U.S. Army (Retired)
February 2010
With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, professional military education is suffering. When the wars are over, it could be worse.

Book Reviews

February 2010
The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940 Geirr H. Haarr. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009. 416 pp. Maps. Illus. Index. Notes. Bib. $49.95Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas J. MacIntyre ...
U.S. Army (Christopher Nicholas)

Professional Notes

February 2010
Using Web 2.0 As a WeaponBy Lieutenant Randal T. Jones, U.S. Navy ReserveAn Army platoon leader has orders to enter a village in Afghanistan. Using a small mobile cellular device ...
Chilean Navy

Naval Systems: How Green is My Ship?

By Edward J. Walsh
February 2010
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 ...
U.S. Navy (Candice Villarreal)

World Naval Developments: Stealing Signals

By Norman Friedman
February 2010
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 ...
Naval Press Service (Michal Nitz)

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
February 2010
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 ...
Naval History and Heritage Command

"A terrible storm of shot and shell . . ."

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2010
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 ...
All Photos U.S. Navy

Naval Institute Foundation

February 2010
Top Supporters of 2009The Naval Institute enjoyed the support of a record number of major donors in 2009. Our thanks to the following individuals whose generosity placed them in our ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

February 2010
'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 ...

Proceedings Digital Edition

February 2010
A digital edition of the February issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and will ...

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