Proceedings Magazine - January 2012 Vol. 138/1/1,307


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  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Is Your SPY Radar Enhanced, Nominal or Degraded?
    By Captain Jim Kilby, U.S. Navy

    When I left command of the USS Russell (DDG-59) in 2006, I thought I had the Aegis combat-system readiness all figured out—most of it, anyway. I was wrong. As often happens in life, there was an overlooked sign that became crystal...

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  • Maximizing Minimum Manning
    By Lieutenant Johannes Schonberg, U.S. Navy
    The Navy can get more from less. Using fewer but better-prepared engineers will cut costs and improve readiness. The key is in the training.

    Few days passed during 2011 in which the words “deficit,...

  • The Transformation (Again!) of the Surface Navy
    By Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Robert McFall, U.S. Navy
    In the 1980s, the Tomahawk cruise missile expanded the surface Navy’s role; in the 2000s, new technologies continue to enhance surface warfare’s strategic significance.

    With fiscally strained...

  • Out of Many, One
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The former skipper of two Aegis guided-missile cruisers walks us through integrated air and missile defense—what it is in reality, an d the vision of what it’s supposed to be.

    Integrated air...

  • Special - Naval Forces Underpin Economic Success
    By Gordon R. England

    There is no more an enduring leadership quotation than British Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s message to his sailors and marines as they faced the enemy in 1805 in the Battle of Trafalgar: “England expects that every man will do...

  • The Long Reach of Aegis
    By Robbin F. Laird
    Combining Aegis with the new Joint Strike Fighter will enhance coverage and lead to a global honeycomb of defensive capabilities.

    Originally designed as a Cold War tool to bolster fleet defense against a...

  • Fighting the Future AirSea Battle
    By Rear Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Captain Samuel J. Paparo, and Commander Joseph F. Finn, U.S. Navy
    Establishing air-support operations centers at sea is the key to defeating potential dynamic maritime threats.

    Uproar 11, a flight of two F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, launches from a U.S....

  • Answering the Call - 'You Can't Put a Dollar Value On Navy Service—But I Wouldn't Trade It For the World'
    By Richard Harrison

    Fans of reality shows may recognize Richard Harrison as the center figure of “Pawn Stars,” the Las Vegas–based television series that features him and his sons in action in their real-life pawn shop. But that’s only...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the January 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

    The new year of 2012 begins the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Although the United States suffered many setbacks during the conflict (the burning of Washington, D.C., being a particular lowlight), the young U.S. Navy held its own against its...

  • CEO Notes

    As you can see from the page attached to the cover of this month’s issue, we are highlighting two important topics for members: voting and membership. I urge you to exercise your member voting privilege. Both the Board of Directors and the...

  • Comment & Discussion

    China Is Protecting North Korea’s Nukes

    (See J. A. Bosco, p. 10, December 2011 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This - ‘The Future Surface Combatant: Quo Vadis?’
    By Rear Admiral Philip A. Dur, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In a Proceedings article with the same title almost 50 years ago, then-Commander Elmo Zumwalt outlined the case for a destroyer that would field advanced defensive capabilities and a state-of-the-art propulsion system. He wrote when the...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Sailors Need to Learn Navy History
    By Lieutenant Commander Todd D. Tavolazzi, U.S. Navy

    Every Marine, from private to general, knows the stories of Dan Daly and Smedley Butler, the origin of the Blood Stripe, and the Marines’ Hymn (all three verses), and will never forget the location and significance of Tun Tavern on...

  • From the Deckplates - No Sacred Cows
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Determining the military of the future—its capabilities, size, and shape—requires more comprehensive deliberation than currently invested. Declining budgets necessitate designing a Navy and Marine Corps team from scratch while...

  • Expanding the Non-Kinetic Warfare Arsenal
    By Captain Mickey Batson and Lieutenant Commander Matthew Labert, U.S. Navy
    To meet the challenges and threats of the information age, the Navy is realizing that cyberspace means a lot more than just the Internet.

    The definitions and policies regarding cyberspace are being...

  • Special - U.S. Grand Strategy and Maritime Power
    By Ronald O'Rourke

    The winding down of operations in Iraq, the anticipated winding down in Afghanistan, growing concerns over China’s military modernization effort, and reductions in U.S. defense spending resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 together...

  • 'Up Ladder!'
    By Lieutenant Kurt Albaugh, U.S. Navy, and Chief Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare) Jeremy Carriker, U.S. Navy
    The boarding mission runs deep in U.S. Navy tradition; on today’s seas, that mission can’t afford to be a collateral one—we need to raise boarding teams to a higher standard.

    A captain...

  • Head Start
    By Lieutenant Jeremy D. Crestetto, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Jeffrey W. Coyle, U.S. Navy
    Precommissioning is lengthy and sometimes tedious. Two recent veterans suggest ways to have a crew and ship at peak readiness for sea duty.

    “Man our ship and bring her to life!” With that...

  • Professional Notes

    Renewable Energy from the Ocean

    By Captain Michael A. McCallister and Commander Steve A. McLaughlin, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technology promises to play a major...

  • Oceans - Race to the Bottom of the Sea—Seven Miles Deep
    By Don Walsh

    In 2010 three groups announced plans to develop and send a manned submersible to the deepest place in the World Ocean, the almost seven-miles-down “Challenger Deep.” Located in the Marianas Trench about 300 miles from Guam, it was...

  • World Naval Developments - A Different Kind of Blast
    By Norman Friedman

    In November 2011 the U.S. Air Force announced the successful test (on 17 May) of a new cruise missile, CHAMP (Counter-Electronics High Microwave Power). CHAMP may have been the first missile designed specifically to carry what is more usually...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Dutch Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade its four De Zeven Provinciën–class guided-missile frigates so that they can play a larger role in NATO ballistic-missile defense. The modernization effort, announced in late 2011...

  • Lest We Forget - The Meditations of a Lion
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Be a man of principle. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. . . . Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society. Be a good friend. Be humble and be self-confident. . . . Appreciate your...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Digitizing the Steichen Collection

    Naval Institute volunteers Sandy Schlosser, Jim Hildrew, and Joe Handleman have been researching and scanning the elite Steichen Unit photographs onsite at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘The sentinel stars set their watch in the sky.’

    Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)

    A peregrine falcon keeps a watchful eye from an aft rail on the USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV-63) fantail as an...


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