Proceedings Magazine - December 2011 Vol. 137/12/1,306


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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • We Don't Call Them Horseless Carriages Anymore
    By Major Charles Weko, U.S. Army Reserve

    In the past decade, unmanned systems (UxS) have more than proven their combat effectiveness. They have cemented their presence on the battlefield. Now, as the associated article here points out, unmanned systems must prove themselves to be cost...

  • The Future of Manned-Unmanned Integration
    By Rachel Volner

    As the companion article here notes, the employment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has increased exponentially in the past 15 years. Despite some initial cultural roadblocks, UASs have become indispensable to our nation’s warfighters....

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  • Robots in the Age of Pirates
    By Russell Belden, James Hasik, and James Soon
    Two executives and a consultant in the long-range unmanned surface vessel (USV) industry detail how the new platforms can police the high seas.

  • The Railgun Advantage
    By Lieutenant Maxwell Cooper, U.S. Navy Reserve
    Low-cost adjunct capabilities may be the best boost to U.S. Navy missile systems.

    United States naval technology has reached a tipping point. The Navy must reconsider the feasibility of high-cost/low-...

  • Far, Fast, Full, Flexible—and Feet-Dry
    By Captain Edward Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    For the Navy-after-next, emerging T-Craft technology will be able to deliver the goods—from heavy combat hardware to medical supplies—like never before.

    Imagine a ship that can travel far, meet...

  • Embrace Life in the (Weapons Engagement) Zone!
    By Captain Greg Parker, U.S. Navy
    Sometimes a heavyweight has to shake up his punch-repertoire—the U.S. military should heed that lesson.

    On 14 November 2010, an undersized Manny Pacquiao easily defeated Antonio Margarito in a WBC...

  • Special - Ten Years of War and Change
    By Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl, U.S. Army (Retired)

    The past decade has been revolutionary for the U.S. military. It has adapted to a very old kind of warfare for which it was unprepared, developed new tools to defeat terrorists, and—most of all—seen extraordinary determination and...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the December 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

    It’s always special for us when the leader of one of America’s Sea Services contributes to Proceedings, even more so when that individual is new to office and chooses our pages to outline the priorities for his tenure and...

  • CEO Notes - 100 days at the U.S. Naval Institute

    I have been CEO for 100 days and many of you have asked me about the state of our Naval Institute and the direction we will take from here. The key words in this case are “we” and “our,” because any success we...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Supercarrier is NOT Superfluous

    (See C. J. Murray, pp. 28–32, September 2011 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This - China Is Protecting North Korea's Nukes
    By Joseph A. Bosco

    In January 2004, Henry Kissinger opined that “eliminating North Korea’s nuclear program is overwhelmingly in the Chinese interest.” And in May 2005, then-Senator Joseph Biden stated: “After all, we need China to help roll...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Why Don't More People Join the Military?
    By Sergeant Major John L. Horton, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Recently, to attract recruits the military has offered larger enlistment cash bonuses, allowed more high-school dropouts and applicants with low scores on aptitude tests, and loosened restrictions on weight, age, and medical requirements. The...

  • Answering the Call - Serving in Uniform Was a 'Rite of Passage' in Becoming a Full-Fledged American
    By Jeong H. Kim

    Korean-born Jeong Kim came to the United States as a teenager, speaking only limited English and with a passion for learning. Awarded a college scholarship, he earned a part-ownership in a computer start-up company and a commission as a...

  • From the Deckplates - Never Forgotten
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Many formal military events, typically dinners and banquets, begin with a prisoner-of-war and missing-in-action (POW/MIA) remembrance reading. The ceremony explains the meaning of a small table near the front of the room. The table is quite...

  • Navy 2025: Forward Warfighters
    By Admiral Jonathan Greenert, U.S. Navy
    An August article in Proceedings laid out “Ten Realities for the New CNO.” Here, the new CNO offers his vision of the Navy 15 years hence, which touches on several of those same issues.
  • At the Point of Inflection . . .
    By Major General Timothy C. Hanifen, U.S. Marine Corps
    Increasingly sophisticated missile weaponry fundamentally alters naval warfare and requires shifts in doctrine, among them the aircraft carrier giving way to a new centerpiece surface combatant.

    It has...

  • More Brains, Less Brawn
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), Steve Koepenick, Rachel Volner, and Major Charles Weko, U.S. Army Reserve
    Why the future of unmanned systems depends on making them smarter.

    In his November 2010 Proceedings article “How To Fight An Unmanned War,” Navy Lieutenant James Drennan explored many...

  • Missing Clues and Cracking Codes in the Pacific War
    By Elliot Carlson
    Did Joe Rochefort Unwittingly Mislead Admiral Kimmel about Pearl Harbor?

    Early in the afternoon of 27 November 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel wanted to see Commander Joe Rochefort. Perplexed by Japanese...

  • Book Reviews

    Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

    Lewis Sorley. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 395 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $30.

    Reviewed by John Nagl

    No one can...

  • Professional Notes

    Modularity Will Help Protect the Maritime Commons

    By Captains George Galdorisi and R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired); and Antonio Siordia

    As the world recovers from the great recession that began in 2007,...

  • Naval Systems - Land-Attack Gun Closing in on Zumwalt Install
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Weapon Systems business unit of BAE Systems is set to deliver two gun mounts for the land-attack Advanced Gun System (AGS) to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works early next year for installation on the Zumwalt (DDG-1000), the first of...

  • World Naval Developments - Russia Fires Back on Missile Defense
    By Norman Friedman

    As the United States erects a missile-defense system in Central Europe, Russian politicians have begun to protest that this location represents an attack on them. They sometimes hint that it may be sufficiently threatening to derail the current...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The first new Turkish MILGEM-class corvette, the TCG Heybeliada (pictured here), was commissioned into service on 27 September. The MILGEM national corvette program is the first modern warship class to be produced and designed...

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

    Absent the great sweeping battles of World War II just a few years earlier, the Navy’s role in the Korean War is often underappreciated. Yet the United States would have been unable to intervene when communist forces invaded South Korea in...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Appreciation: William A. Read Jr.

    Thirty-two-year member and generous U.S. Naval Institute supporter Commander William Augustus Read Jr., died on Friday, 28 October, in Palm Beach, Florida. Larger than life, he packed several...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Work first and then rest.’

    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    An AD-2 Skyraider from Attack Squadron (VA)–702, is en route to a bridge strike over North Korea in September 1951. The Rustlers, under the...


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