Holy Mackerel, Not Again!

By Lieutenant Joel Holwitt, U.S. Navy
June 2011
Proponents of looking to foreign-built SSK submarines as the answer to the Department of Defense budget crunch should study their history.

'3:15'—A Roadmap for Reducing Cost

By Captain Michael Jabaley, U.S. Navy
June 2011
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 ...
Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Unmanned, Unseen, and Under the Sea

By Lieutenant Commander Brent Johnston and Vice Admiral John Richardson, U.S. Navy
June 2011
The future is here, and it’s all about robotics. Thus, we should be reassessing doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Federation of American Scientists

Make Smoke!

By Commander Scott Tait, U.S. Navy
June 2011
Blowing smoke is both a literal and rhetorical tactic for hiding one’s position. It might just work against antiship missiles.
U.S. Navy (Daniel J. McClain)

At the Precipice of Reality

By Second Lieutenant Zachary S. Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps
June 2011
A newly sworn-in Marine stands ready to face the rigors of being a leader in the tradition of the old and the current Corps.

To Protect and To Lead

By Ensign Patrick A. Wiedorn, U.S. Navy
June 2011
The influence behind his decision to join the submarine force came from an unlikely source for this new ensign.
U.S. Navy (Nathanael Miller)

Ready to Serve

By Ensign Susan L. Falt, U.S. Navy
June 2011
Unlike many of her peers, one future surface warfare officer knew what community she wanted to join from the start.
U.S. Navy (Kevin S. O'Brien)

Following Grandpa's Lead

By Ensign Katrina S. Nietsch, U.S. Navy
June 2011
She selected naval aviation because of her grandfather, whose “happiest day” was when he received his Wings of Gold.
Naval History and Heritage Command


By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2011
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 ...

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