Proceedings Magazine - November 2011 Vol. 137/11/1,305


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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • 2011 General Prize Photo Contest Winners
  • A Plank Owner Remembers
    By Daniel Leckie

    I’m a USS Enterprise plank owner. She was my first duty station after electronics school, and I fell in love with her as soon as I came aboard. I still care about the Big E.

    I was a tall, skinny 20-year-old seaman when I...

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  • Drawing Lines at Sea
    By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Its recent naval exercises demonstrate that China can operate 21st-century ships on far deployment. But can a strategy based on island-chain control produce a navy capable of projecting global power?


  • Balancing the Science behind Warfighting
    By Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, U.S. Navy
    Even in lean times, the Office of Naval Research must maintain both long-term research and technical support to current operations.

    A common mantra among naval leaders is: “We never want to see our...

  • National Policy and Reaching the Beach
    By Colonel Douglas M. King, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Times—and strategic imperatives—may change, but as long as the United States needs the sea, the United States needs an amphibious capability.

    For many years the United States has considered its...

  • Get the Marketplace Off the Battlefield
    By Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Beikirch, U.S. Marine Corps; Lieutenant Colonel Michael Day, U.S. Air Force; and Captain Roger Ullman II, U.S. Navy
    The corporate mentality threatens our military’s warrior ethos.

    When something becomes an “enterprise” or a “portfolio” rather than a weapon system or a means to kill the...

  • The Next Wave: Assault Operations for a New Era
    By Lieutenant Colonel J. Noel Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    What will future amphibious operations look like? Increasingly multi-dimensional—and enhanced by unmanned components.

    Technology is changing the character of conflict in ways that will profoundly...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the November 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

    Although the Marines’ Hymn proclaims that Leathernecks will “fight our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea,” the image that most likely comes to mind for the average American is of Marines racing across the...

  • CEO Notes

    In the September Proceedings and on our website I announced how proud I was to be selected as Chief Executive Officer of our U.S. Naval Institute. Commencing with this issue, I will share with you what we are doing to serve the Nation,...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Sail Ho or Sail No?

    (See A. Pine, pp. 66–70, October 2011 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Brian Boland, U.S. Coast Guard...

  • Now Hear This - The Navy in a Time of Less Money
    By Ronald O'Rourke

    A wide-ranging debate is taking place over future levels of federal spending, including defense spending, in the context of the deficit-reduction process established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (S. 365/P.L. 112-25 of 2 August 2011). However...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Appoint a Marine for Superintendent
    By Captain Ritch K. Eich, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Although tradition is an important cornerstone in military institutions, it can sometimes be a roadblock to progress if applied too strictly. A case in point is the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

  • From the Deckplates - Active-Duty Benefits in Perspective
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In October 2010, this column examined “Retirement Benefits in Perspective.” It seems appropriate to consider active-duty pay and benefits similarly.

    The Defense Business Board looks at numbers only when making recommendations...

  • Osprey in the Catbird Seat
    By Lieutenant General Terry G. Robling, U.S. Marine Corps
    The tiltrotor MV-22 has come of age. Moving larger payloads—faster and farther—it broadens Marine Corps capabilities and gives commanders more choices.

    On 22 March, Marines returned to the...

  • Amphibious, Now More Than Ever
    By Captain Samuel C. Howard, U.S. Navy, and Colonel Michael S. Groen, U.S. Marine Corps
    Even though the threat symmetry may have changed, the Navy-Marine Corps team still needs the capability to insert ground troops from the sea.

    Ten years ago, the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought a new range...

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  • Happy Birthday 'Big E'
    By Admiral J. L. Holloway III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    It’s 50 candles for the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the first nuclear warship to engage in combat.

    A new aircraft carrier, CVA(N)-65, was commissioned in November 1961 as the USS ...

  • Book Reviews

    The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA

    Joby Warrick. New York: Doubleday, 2011. 272 pp. Prologue. Photos. Maps. Notes. $26.95.

    Reviewed by J. Furman Daniel III

    On 30 December...

  • Professional Notes

    A Simple Way to Lighten the Load

    By Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Armstrong, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Every few years an astute observer reminds us that U.S. troops are overloaded with stuff...

  • Oceans - Race to the North: Who Owns the Arctic Ocean?
    By Don Walsh

    The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest (maximum depth, 16,400 feet) of the five oceans. It contains 22 percent of the world’s continental shelves, which comprise almost a third of the Arctic’s seafloor. Those shelves begin at...

  • U.S. Navy - Please Keep the Marines Off the Beach
    By Norman Polmar

    The Secretary of Defense in January canceled the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), the advanced amphibian assault vehicle under development by the Marine Corps. The cancellation was long overdue.1

  • World Naval Developments - Jointness on the Block?
    By Norman Friedman

    This summer Canada restored the “Royal” prefix to the Canadian navy and air force. That was more than symbolic; it marked a new step away from the earlier vision of a single, unified Canadian military entity, in which navy captains...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 30 September the U.S. Navy officially disestablished the 2nd Fleet at Norfolk, Virginia, in an effort to reduce organizational redundancy and cut costs. From the 1950s through its retirement, the 2nd Fleet was the Navy’s East Coast...

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

    As a young lieutenant, Oliver Hazard Perry had been impressed with the courage and audacity of fellow-Lieutenant James Lawrence. The latter had joined with Lieutenant David Porter in a raiding party ashore in 1803 to destroy a number of enemy...

  • Naval Institute Foundation - Vintage Oral Histories Shed New Light

    Last month the Naval Institute Press published Joe Rochefort’s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson. The book is the first biography of the officer who headed the Navy’s...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘The next way home’s the farthest way about.’

    Francis Quarles (1592–1644)

    Letters from home occupied the attention of one Marine aircrewman on Bougainville in 1944, while his mates seize...


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