Proceedings Magazine - August 2011 Vol. 137/8/1,302


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  • Charting a Course Away from the Pension
    By Lieutenant Matthew Klopfer, U.S. Navy
    Altering the DOD retirement system along the path of least resistance lacks focus and direction. We need a new design.

    With the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military...

  • Away All . . . Hovercraft!
    By Commander In H. Ha, U.S. Navy
    Forget the EFV. Retrofitted off-the-shelf vessels offer a cost-efficient means to align Marine Corps capabilities with national-security needs.

    The Expeditionary Fighting...

  • Ten Realities for the New CNO
    By Commander Paul S. Giarra, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As the United States moves from intense land combat to a renewed emphasis on naval and air power, the transition team for the next Chief of Naval Operations is about to start work. Concern for U.S. naval power is surging, and the Navy is at a key...

  • Endangered Species
    By Vice Admiral Terry Cross, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), and Scott C. Truver
    A ‘gap’ in the U.S. Coast Guard’s vital maritime patrol aircraft fleet is real, and it will grow if something isn’t done soon.

    The Obama...

  • Learning from Operation Able Manner
    By Commander Richard J. Wester, U.S. Coast Guard
    The U.S. Coast Guard has a plan to respond to future mass-migration crises—but does that mean it will be better prepared?

    During the summer of 1994, at the height of...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the August 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...

  • Editor's Page

    As the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down and the defense budget shrinks in the coming years, all the services will have a tough time finding funds for their favored programs. While the U.S. Navy has drawn most of the ink in the defense...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor

    (See M. Harper, pp. 16–21, July 2011 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: In Striving for Diversity, Don't Forget Muslims
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    There is an urgent call for the immediate and full implementation of diversity throughout the military. Apparently, not only is the diversification of our ranks a moral, legal, and ethical imperative, but we also are told that it is both edifying...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Entry-Level Officer Training Needs to be Integrated—Now
    By Colonel Andy Solgere, U.S. Marine Corps

    In the early 1970s, in the wake of lessons learned in Vietnam, the Navy created the Chief of Naval Education and Training. Thirty years later, that command morphed into the Naval Education and Training Command.

    Though charged with...

  • Answering the Call: 'For a Woman of My Generation, Serving in the Military Was a Godsend'
    By Mary E. Lyons

    A specialist in rhetoric and homiletics, she is serving in her third post as a university president—this one at the University of San Diego. But Mary Lyons began her career as a teacher and administrator in the Navy and credits much of...

  • From the Deckplates: Get Rid of the Feres Doctrine
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The recent refusal by the U.S. Supreme court to hear Witt v. United States reminded us of a disturbing fact of military life: servicemembers are unable to sue Department of Defense medical facilities and healthcare professionals for...

  • The Case for the Cutter
    By Vice Admirals Robert C. Parker and Manson K. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard
    From the operational commanders’ perspective, the National Security Cutter is crucial for a growing array of Coast Guard missions.

    In early 2010, The Department of...

  • Crisis in the Cutter Fleet
    By Captain Douglas M. Fears, U.S. Coast Guard
    It’s time to recapitalize aging U.S. Coast Guard cutters and permit the service to continue its invaluable defense of multiple mission areas.

    The maritime commons have...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the August 2011 issue of Proceedings.

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  • Amphibious Training: From Ugly to Good
    By Colonel Adam Holmes and Colonel David Fuquea (Retired), U.S. Marine Corps
    The pressure is on for a Marine Corps return to naval presence. But the initiative needs much more work to succeed.

    After a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the...

  • Book Reviews

    Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis—Suez and the Brink of War

    David A. Nichols. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. 368 pp. Intro. Prologue. Illus. Maps. Notes. $28.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey R...

  • Cable Vision
    By Captain Douglas R. Burnett, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Note to Navy: It’s time to pay attention to security for undersea cables—crucial to global communications and commerce, and vital to our national interests.


  • Professional Notes

    The Coast Guard Is Not a Business

    By Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Richard S. Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard

    Since 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has been boarding vessels, detaining crews, and seizing property from...

  • Naval Systems: Bringing Order to 'Antenna Farms'
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Department of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), teamed with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, and...

  • World Naval Developments: The High Cost of No Carriers
    By Norman Friedman

    The Libyan operation has provided a particularly clear demonstration that carrier-based aviation is worth its price. Prior to the Libyan crisis, the British government had decided to scrap its carrier air arm on the theory that it largely...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Werthiem

    On 9 May Colombia received a new 40-meter coastal patrol vessel, the 11 de Noviembre. She carries the hull number 145 and was handed over to the fleet at the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. Displacing 245 tons, the CPV 40–class...

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

    Nearly every student of naval history knows the story of John Paul Jones’ most famous engagement, 23 September 1779, when he engaged the British frigate Serapis while in command of a converted East Indiaman, the Bonhomme...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    The Annual Capstone Awards

    In May 2011, during the Naval Academy Seamanship & Navigation Division’s annual awards ceremony, Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Paul Merzlak presented prizes to the four Midshipmen First Class...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘We hear much of the chivalry of men towards women; But . . . it vanishes like dew before the summer sun when one of us comes into competition with the manly sex.’

    Martha J. Coston (1826–1902)


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