Proceedings Magazine - May 2011 Vol. 137/5/1,299


  • The Ten Most Pivotal Events in U.S. Naval Aviation
    By Barrett Tillman
    In this 100th anniversary year, we asked one of the world’s best-known naval aviation historians for his Top-Ten list. See if you agree.

    A century is less than the blink of an eye in human history, but in 2011 it...

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  • A Strategy in East Asia That Can Endure
    By Anthony Wells
    The key to checking Chinese attempts at Asian maritime muscle-flexing lies with the sea—and a U.S. approach based on regional partnerships.

    The emerging global power of China and its challenge to U.S. military...

  • What's the Matter with Mahan?
    By James R. Holmes
    He’s in disfavor for reasons that in and of themselves cannot diminish the enduring tenets of his philosophy. To properly frame its vision of the future the Navy needs to rediscover the body of Mahan’s work.


  • Cold Front on a Warming Arctic
    By Barry S. Zellen
    As the Arctic flows into the world’s ocean and maritime economy, U.S. European Command is best suited for its defense.

    The most probable emergent threat to northern security emanates from a bolder, resurgent,...

  • Return to the American Way of War
    By Captain Steve F. Kime, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Somewhere along the way, America lost its ability to best determine when, and when not, to go to war; we continue on this path at our own peril.

    During the Cold War, a generation of nuclear-strategy and policy advisers,...

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    U.S. Battle Force Changes
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  • Editor's Page

    In this centennial year of naval aviation, as the Naval Institute and other organizations mark the grand accomplishments of those who wear wings of gold, it might appear odd to some that our lead story this month questions the necessity of...

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  • Now Hear This: Bring Back Plutarch and Socrates
    By Lieutenant Adam C. Wolfe, U.S. Navy Reserve

    Much has been said about the civil-military divide, but there is a sharper breach: the academic-military divide. With the World War II generation’s disappearance from classrooms, no noticeable portion of the civilian professoriate has any...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...We Need to Square Away Navy Camouflage
    By Captain Todd "Ike" Kiefer, U.S. Navy

    Sailors deployed in the middle of Iraq have many reasons to feel out of place, far from their usual domains of water and air. But they also stand out as the only U.S. military personnel still wearing the tri-color desert camouflage uniform (DCU)...

  • Answering the Call: 'Every Day . . . Was Filled With Lessons'
    By Gary Jobson

    He has had a full career—as a Merchant Marine officer, a journalist, a television commentator, a world-class sailor, and today, president of U.S. Sailing, the national governing body of the sport. Gary Jobson served only brief stints on...

  • From the Deckplates: On the Faces of Others
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Military folks are trained to keep track of personal accomplishments. Our successes big and small are fodder for evaluations, awards, and promotions, but the most significant achievements—those that stand the test of time, those most...

  • Twilight of the $UPERfluous Carrier
    By Captain Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel J. Noel Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    With smaller and lighter unmanned aircraft coming into the mix, the United States can also deploy smaller
    and lighter—and less expensive—ships to carry them....
  • Russia Opens Its Maritime Arctic
    By Captain Lawson W. Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    The Russian Federation’s push toward international trade has positive implications.

    As use of the Russian Arctic coastal seas expands and commercial interests drive marine transportation along the Northern Sea Route...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2010
    by Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2010 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are widely recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the sea services. Because the list...

  • U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver and Robert Holzer

    In his Guidance for 2011, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead could not have been more clear: “We are developing and refining operational concepts for key capabilities and domains, including the undersea environment, the...

  • U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapons Development in Review
    By Commander Jan C. Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    After a rocky start to 2010, when the office of the Joint Strike Fighter program was shaken up with a three-star Navy admiral replacing the incumbent two-star Marine Corps general, things settled down and naval aviation went about its business of...

  • U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Continuing the post-Cold War trend, in 2010 U.S. Marines conducted a wide variety of expeditionary activities across the range of military operations. Those included completing the withdrawal of Marine Corps forces from Iraq, implementing the new...

  • U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

    A massive humanitarian response to a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti at the beginning of the year, an oil spill of national significance in the Gulf of Mexico, a new Commandant, increased operations in the Arctic, a challenging budget...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and World Maritime Review
    By Shashi Kumar

    The shipping industry performed far better than expected in 2010 and, at least in the liner sector, the turnaround was simply stunning. The economic recovery is still far from being elevated to any level of fait accompli, but it did put to rest...

  • Book Reviews

    Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa

    Martin N. Murphy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 176 pp. Intro. Map. Notes. Index. $26.50.

    Reviewed by Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (...

  • U.S. Navy: The Latest Conflict
    By Norman Polmar

    The civil war in Libya—ongoing as this is written—already has lessons for the United States on a number of levels: political, strategic, operational—and naval.

  • Oceans: Box Boats—Delivering the World's Stuff
    By Don Walsh

    Containerized cargo undoubtedly has been the greatest single advance in marine transportation in the past six decades. In all corners of the world, the ubiquitous container ship is seen, symbolic of the seaborne commerce that carries about 98...

  • World Naval Developments: The Libyan Excursion
    By Norman Friedman

    As this column was being written, the air war against Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was approaching its third week. Although the war was far from over (and may still be ongoing when this is read), some observations can already be made....

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The first of Australia’s new Spanish-designed 27,000-ton amphibious-assault ships, to be named Canberra, is pictured here being launched on 18 February at Navantia Dockyards in Ferrol, Spain. The ship is expected to arrive in...

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

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America was at a decided disadvantage. The Royal Navy was 60 times the size of the fledgling U.S. Navy and had centuries of experience to fall back on. But these facts did not deter American captains from...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?’

    Cicero (106–43 BC)

    A neophyte Sailor takes a bow over the lee rail on board a training ship sometime around the turn of the 20th century. While dignity...


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