Proceedings Magazine - April 2011 Vol. 137/4/1,298


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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
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  • Two Vectors, One Navy
    By Michael McDevitt and Frederic Vellucci
    Aside from a strong national defense, world peace is now part of China’s official military mission. Serving both, its fleet could eventually resemble the U.S. Navy.
  • The Real Game-Changers of the Pacific Basin
    By Craig Hooper and Commander David M. Slayton, U.S. Navy
    Modern amphibious assault vessels grant China an opportunity to project multimission forces into the littoral and beyond, with real potential to destabilize the region.

    In Washington, where old-fashioned amphibious assault...

  • Mao's 'Active Defense' Is Turning Offensive
    By James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara
    While the powers in Beijing emerge from the “century of humiliation” and focus their gaze on the Indian Ocean, history could inform how China may be weighing its near-term strategic options in South Asia.
  • When Land Powers Look Seaward
    By Andrew Erickson, Lyle Goldstein, and Carnes Lord
    A continental-to-maritime transformation has been attempted frequently through the ages, but only rarely with success. The past offers lessons to a navally expanding China.

    As European naval powers decline rapidly and the...

  • A Bogus Asian Pearl
    By Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Kostecka, U.S. Air Force Reserve
    If closely assayed, the port at Gwadar, Pakistan—touted as part of China’s string of maritime gems—loses its luster, looking more like a counterfeit than the real thing.

    China’s investment in the...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

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

  • Editor's Page

    Amid all the debates over future U.S. force structures and declining budgets, observers seem to agree on one point: China (and its military capability) will be a consideration in the Pentagon’s planning, especially for the Sea Services....

  • USNI Mission Statement

    Dear Members and Friends of the United States Naval Institute:

    We are delighted by the current dialogue regarding the mission statement for the Institute cited below:

    “The U.S. Naval Institute is an independent...

  • The State of the Institute - 2010

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  • Comment & Discussion

    ‘So Much We Don’t Know’

    (See D. Rumsfeld interview, pp. 22–25, March 2011 Proceedings)    

  • Now Hear This: We Are on the Eve of a Maritime Mistake
    By Vice Admiral John G. Morgan Jr. (Retired), U.S. Navy

    Faced with the tension between reining in the federal deficit and maintaining a global Navy, I worry that the United States is on the verge of a maritime mistake. History suggests we’ll make the wrong choice, as did the Spanish in the 17th...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .Keep USNI Independent

    The United States Naval Institute rarely has contentious ballots.

  • Answering the Call: 'In My Work, It Always Comes Back to the Jungle'
    By Joe Haldeman

    Before he joined the Army, astronomy major Joe Haldeman had hoped to become a scientist. Combat duty in Vietnam left him with a bullet wound, a Purple Heart, and a burning desire to become a writer. The result has been 28 novels—heavily...

  • China's Naval Challenge
    By Milan Vego
    The United States should closely watch China’s supposed peaceful rise, but especially its increasing aggression and capabilities in the western Pacific.

    In the early 1990s, the People’s Republic of China (PRC)...

  • Made in China
    By Dr. J. P. "Jack" London
    A familiar consumer-marketplace phrase takes on a far deeper significance when it is applied to cyber threats to U.S. national security.

    A Chinese proverb warns that “there are always ears on the other side of the...

  • Colonialism Redux
    By Eliza M. Johannes
    Are Sino-African relations mutually beneficial, or are they pushing Africa deeper into debt?

    The first decade of the 21st century witnessed China’s intensified foray into the continent of Africa. Its presence there...

  • Creeping Jurisdiction Must Stop
    By Caitlyn L. Antrim and Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    China is playing fast and loose in claiming rights to territory on and beneath the South China Sea. The United States could help the situation by joining the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    Access and use...

  • Exploring 'This New Sea'
    By Captain William Readdy, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    A former space shuttle pilot looks at the special qualities the U.S. naval services have brought to the exploration table in 100 years of naval aviation and 30 years of shuttle flights.

    In a bold speech at Rice University...

  • Book Reviews

    The “Good War” in American Memory

    John Bodnar. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 320 pp. Intro. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $40.

    Reviewed by James Carey

  • Professional Notes

    Engaging Yemen’s Maritime Forces

    By Lieutenant Commander Ron Terrell, U.S. Navy

    Connecting the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb squeezes between Yemen and Africa (specifically, Djibouti...

  • World Naval Developments: Air Power on a Budget
    By Norman Friedman

    Early in February the U.S. Navy took what may well turn out to be a revolutionary step forward in unmanned-aircraft development when the prototype X-47B made its first flight. It is slated to be the first carrier-based unmanned combat aerial...

  • Naval Systems: Tomorrow's Guided-Missile Destroyers: Exploring the Power Options
    By Edward J. Walsh

    General Electric Marine is planning to offer its GE38 small gas-turbine engine in an upcoming Navy competition for the Landing Craft Air Cushion replacement program. The GE38 already has been selected by the Marine Corps for its CH-53K heavy-lift...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Indian Navy’s Leander-class frigate Vindhyagiri, pictured here, suffered a collision with a merchant vessel on 30 January, caught fire, and sank the following day. The accident occurred while the ship was traveling as...

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

    Cruising off the coast of Brazil in late December 1812, lookouts in the USS Constitution sighted the tips of several masts piercing the western horizon. Her captain, William Bainbridge, headed eastward for a time to give himself some...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    USNI Commodore Donates Art

    In October 2010, while in Annapolis to attend the Naval Institute’s piracy conference, USNI Commodore Dr. Robert W. Selle of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, his wife, Katharine, and granddaughter Nelly...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.’

    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    The facts of this image are sparse: a lone Sailor on a launch during World War II. The suppositions are many: he’s...


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