Proceedings Magazine - June 2011 Vol. 137/6/1,300


  • World Naval Developments: The Pakistan Labyrinth
    By Norman Friedman

    On 2 May U.S. Navy SEALs attacked the compound of Osama bin Laden, architect of the 9/11 attacks. They killed him as well as his trusted courier and others, including at least one of his sons.

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  • Diplomacy, Debt, and Risk: The U.S. Navy's Dilemma
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Andrew L. Orchard, U.S. Navy
    Do our foreign-policy interests compromise our readiness against asymmetric threats?

    For the past two decades U.S. naval power has not been directly challenged by another nation. The Navy’s ability to conduct large-...

  • Holy Mackerel, Not Again!
    By Lieutenant Joel Holwitt, U.S. Navy
    As the U.S. Navy’s submarine force faces tighter budgets, it could learn a thing or two from solutions that surfaced from an informal Submarine Officers Conference in the 1920s.

    Rear Admiral C. S. Freeman, Commander...

  • Deterrence from the Depths in the 21st Century
    By Captain James C. Hay, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    U.S. submarines have long given pause to would-be aggressors. But as the subsurface fleet ages, retaining our edge will be a challenge.

    Deterrence is widely accepted within America’s body politic as a prime objective...

  • The Sweet Smell of Acquisition Success
    By Rear Admiral John D. Butler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A former submarine procurement guru details what was behind the Virginia–class program, one of the most talked-about cost-saving acquisitions in Department of Defense history.

    In 2011, Congress authorized...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

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

  • '3:15'—A Roadmap for Reducing Cost
    By Captain Michael Jabaley, U.S. Navy

    The “2 for 4 in ’12” cost-reduction effort Rear Admiral Butler discusses here reduced the unit acquisition cost of the Virginia–class submarines by almost 20 percent while ensuring operating and support (O&S)...

  • Investing in the Undersea Future
    By Rear Admiral Michael J. Connor, U.S. Navy
    In a world where defense budgets are shrinking but the U.S. submarine force remains vital to security, viability tomorrow requires stringent planning today.

    A lethal, survivable undersea force is essential to the current...

  • Editor's Page

    We at Proceedings usually consider the May Naval Review issue to be the toughest to produce. But our annual look at submarine/ASW/mine warfare can also present its share of challenges. I’ve commented in this space before on our...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Twilight of the $UPERfluous Carrier

    (See H. J. Hendrix and J. N. Williams, pp. 21–26, May 2011 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Like It or Not, Here It Comes
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr. U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The cost for the replacement of Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines sends shivers throughout the Navy, builders of aircraft carriers and destroyers, and defense analysts in general, as they straight-line the shipbuilding budget. All...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Naval Special Warfare Needs a Ship
    By Rear Admiral George Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Naval Special Warfare (NSW) forces need to operate from the sea. For long-range open-water transits they depend on the Navy. But they rarely practice with blue-water ships, which are not outfitted to support U.S. special operations forces (SOF)...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Learned More in Those Three Years . . .'
    By Bob Schieffer

    He is a familiar face to Americans—a distinguished television journalist and moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation—but few people know Bob Shieffer spent three years in the U.S. Air Force—a stint he says taught...

  • From the Deckplates: Enough Already! We Must Eliminate Sexual Assaults
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We must put an end to sexual assaults against our shipmates. Department of Defense and Navy leaders deserve credit for highlighting these serious offenses and their impact on victims and readiness. But more must be done.

  • Unmanned, Unseen, and Under the Sea
    By Lieutenant Commander Brent Johnston and Vice Admiral John Richardson, U.S. Navy
    How will high-tech undersea robots change the way we fight?

    Like nuclear-powered submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) have the potential to radically change warfare below...

  • A Sea Change in Mine Warfare
    By Tim O'Hara
    Rigorous assessment needs to make a comeback, and mine countermeasures is a good place to start.

    The introduction of a slew of new mine countermeasures (MCM) platforms and systems over the next several years will pose...

  • Make Smoke!
    By Commander Scott Tait, U.S. Navy
    Borrowing a tool from the Army, the Navy could revive a long-dormant tactic to defend against the threat of today’s high-tech antiship missiles.

    Two characteristics seem certain to define the military environment for...

  • At the Precipice of Reality
    By Second Lieutenant Zachary S. Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps
    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest
    Newly minted officers in today’s Marine Corps face a daunting array of...
  • To Protect and To Lead
    By Ensign Patrick A. Wiedorn, U.S. Navy
    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest
    Over the years the silent service has seen significant transformations in...
  • Ready to Serve
    By Ensign Susan L. Falt, U.S. Navy
    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Despite reciting the poem “How Long Have You Been in the Navy” countless times over the course of Plebe Year, I...

  • Following Grandpa's Lead
    By Ensign Katrina S. Nietsch, U.S. Navy
    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    I was only ten years old when my grandfather died, but I remember the final words my uncle spoke about him as he concluded the...

  • Book Reviews

    Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars

    Edited by Colonel Matthew Moten. New York: Free Press, 2011. 384 pp. Intro. Maps. Notes. Index. $27.99.

    Reviewed by Colonel Robert Killebrew, U.S. Army (Retired)...

  • Professional Notes

    In Sub Design, Look at the Work and People First

    By Rear Admiral Arnold Lotring, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The recent creation of a submarine rating focused on information technology (ITS) confirms the changing work...

  • U.S. Navy: Weapons That Wait . . .and Wait
    By Norman Polmar and Scott C. Truver

    From the earliest years of the Republic, the U.S. Navy has had a love-hate relationship with mines, long known as the “weapons that wait.” The Navy used mines offensively on only two occasions in strictly naval operations during the...

  • Naval Systems: New Burke Radar, Combat Systems on the Horizon
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The surface Navy and Lockheed Martin’s MS2 business unit, longtime prime contractor for the Aegis combat system on board Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke–class destroyers,

    will start next year to...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In April, Latvia commissioned the Skrunda, the first of five small-waterplane-area/twin-hull (SWATH) vessels being built in Germany by Abeking & Rasmussen. The class was ordered in 2008 as part of a €55 million contract issued...

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

    Much has justifiably been made about Jules Verne’s anticipation of future technologies in his imagined submarines, airplanes, and spacecraft that appear in his many novels. But Robert Fulton not only dreamed of future technologies, he...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Recent Honorary and Memorial Gifts

    Gifts of support to the Naval Institute have been made in honor of the following individuals:

    Captain Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.) by Dr. Calvin Moon

    Lieutenant General Charles Grafton...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘In skating over thin ice our safety is our speed.’

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Emerson would probably agree that speed—and stealth—are significant safety factors beneath thick ice as...


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