Proceedings Magazine - July 2011 Vol. 137/7/1,301


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  • AirSea Battle Must Not Work Alone
    By Milan Vego
    The Navy’s new doctrine should include several related operational concepts for planning and executing future conflicts.

    In September 2009, the U.S. Navy and Air Force signed a classified memorandum to initiate an...

  • Pakistan, an Ally by Any Other Name
    By Timothy D. Hoyt
    Its ever-contentious relationship with America is unlikely to change, but the time is right for a reassessment of U.S. strategy in the region.

    The death of Osama bin Laden creates an opportunity for the United States to...

  • More Firepower for the Navy? Convert!
    By Michael G. Gallagher
    To offset the vulnerability of its aircraft carrier force and prepare for a possible military conflict with China, the U.S. Navy should build a dedicated class of modified cruise-missile submarines based on the stealthy ...
  • Africa Partnership Station Helps All Sides
    By Commodore Adeniyi Adejimi Osinowo, Nigerian Navy
    With crime and militancy plaguing its waters, Africa must help itself by sharing resources and working with foreign powers.

    Sub-Saharan Africa is persistently vulnerable to maritime threats, even without naval wars in...

  • Where West Meets East: A New International Canal?
    By Norman Polmar

    The Bosporus, which divides Europe from Asia, is one of the busiest waterways in the world. Connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which in turn enters the Dardanelles, the Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean, the Bosporus is transited...

  • Helping Afghans Help Themselves
    By Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV and Captain Nathan K. Finney, U.S. Army
    In the post–Cold War era, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has renewed relevance in training Afghanistan’s security force.

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union, analysts and...

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  • Editor's Page

    In December 2009 President Barack Obama finally revealed his administration’s long-awaited Afghanistan strategy in a speech delivered at West Point. The pundits and talking heads wasted little time before weighing in on the plan. While many...

  • Comment & Discussion

    The Sweet Smell of Acquisition Success

    (see J. D. Butler, pp. 22–28, June 2011 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Bury These Things with Bin Laden
    By Lieutanant Commander Harrison Schramm, U.S. Navy

    On 2 May 2011, Navy SEALs arrived via helicopter at a remote district in Pakistan. After a short and intense firefight, Osama bin Laden was dead. Later that day, he was buried at sea from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Bin Laden defined...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .We Need Something to Believe In
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Steven A. Rho, U.S. Navy

    The United States has been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for almost ten years now. For most of the country this may be of only passing concern, but for the soldiers and Marines and their families whose livelihoods are tied to the war, every year...

  • Answering the Call: 'The Navy Way Has Become a Mindset'
    By Nick Perdomo Jr.

    The son of Cuban-American refugees, Nick Perdomo Jr. joined the Navy to become an air traffic controller and got more than he bargained for. His Navy experience led to a job with the Federal Aviation Administration and influenced him in...

  • From the Deckplates: Just Give it Back
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy, Retired

    Our government’s fiscal culture must change if we are serious about saving money.

    Across agencies, people charged with managing taxpayer money are taught “if we don’t spend what we asked for this year, we won’t get...

  • Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor
    By Lieutenant Commander Matthew Harper, U.S. Navy
    Scenarios of a military conflict with a rising China are pointless if they leave out a glaring detail—the global economy.

    Multiple news outlets recently carried stories about a Chinese antiship ballistic missile (...

  • From Minimal to Optimal
    By Captain George V. Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Scott C. Truver
    Crew? What crew? To reduce total ownership costs, manpower has recently been stripped to the bone in the Navy’s newest ships. Now, designers seem to have arrived at a more reasonable—and efficient—crew complement...
  • Book Reviews

    The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, The Making of a Navy SEAL

    Eric Greitens. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 320 pp. Pref. Illus. Notes. $27.

    Reviewed by Captain John Burnham, U.S....

  • Metrics: Impossible
    By Major William S. McCallister, U.S. Army (Retired)
    As they are currently defined, success-criteria for the U.S. effort in Afghanistan are fated to be dashed against the age-old realities of kith-and-kin governance.

    Calls for a change in the Afghanistan war are making the...

  • Somalia: Is There a Way Forward?
    By Lieutenant Commander Mark B. Munson, U.S. Navy
    The international community continues to treat symptoms-piracy and nascent terrorism-rather than anarchy, the country’s underlying disease.

    Two goals drive the current security policies of the United States and the...

  • Professional Notes

    Can PTSD Be Prevented Through Education?

    By Sergeant Major David K. Devaney, U.S. Marine Corps

    Almost all combat troops develop some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or combat stress after continuous...

  • U.S. Navy: More Cuts Coming
    By Norman Polmar

    The House Appropriations Committee has reduced the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense budget by some $17 billion compared with the FY 11 budget, which is almost $9 billion less than the Obama administration requested. The FY 12 cuts do not...

  • Oceans: Deaf Whale = Dead Whale
    By Don Walsh

    Cetaceans—mammals of the sea, a group including whales, dolphins, and porpoises—have auditory systems similar to man, though much more sensitive. Because of poor visibility conditions underwater, hearing is much more important than...

  • World Naval Developments: The Economics of Corruption
    By Norman Friedman

    In a continuing scandal, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev is relieving senior officers who forced their subordinates to pay kickbacks for extra payments made to them as rewards for superior service. An Internet site was created through which...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In May, Senegal received a 14-year-old utility landing craft (LCU) transferred from France. The LCU, named the Sabre and pictured here while still serving the French Navy, was built by the Société Française de...

  • Lest We Forget: Running the Gauntlet at Island Number 10
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the spring of 1862, Union forces were poised to move down the strategically critical Mississippi River. Standing in the way of this Union advance, however, were the formidable fortifications at Island Number 10, pivotally positioned at the...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    James Hair Oral History Available

    James Edward Hair (1915-1992), whose father and grandparents were born slaves, grew up in the South and encountered more than his share of racial prejudice. His candid recounting of his life story...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Never, believe me, Appear the Immortals, Never alone.’

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

    With the constant drone of two 3,450-hp Wright engines reverberating in their heads, low above the South...


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