Proceedings Magazine - February 2012 Vol. 138/2/1,308


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  • Sailing Through the 'Fog of Peace'
    By Thomas G. Mahnken
    Professional military education is just as critical in a time of peace as it is in time of war—perhaps more so.

    For the past ten years, the U.S. military has focused on fighting...

  • Thinking Between Strategy & Tactics
    By Milan Vego
    Regardless of tactical successes, wars at sea are won or lost at the strategic and operational levels.

    A major prerequisite for success in naval conflicts is operational thinking on the...

  • The Wrong Debate
    By Captain Michael J. Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Robert E. Gray
    Reviving the argument over destroyer classes is a counterproductive apples-and-oranges exercise. Better to focus on each ship’s role in the Fleet.

    Three and a half years ago, the...

  • Nothing Like a Good Maritime Raid
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy
    We started doing it 212 years ago. Now that the Marine Corps is going back to sea after a decade on the ground, it’s time to revive the Maritime Raid Force.

    The Navy/Marine Corps team has a long and...

  • A New School of Thought
    By Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Our war colleges don’t produce the critical-thinking generalists required to formulate grand strategy. A National Security Institute would fill that need.

    National security studies concern measures...

  • Proceedings Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the February issue of Proceedings is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and will...

  • CEO Notes

    With a sharply focused eye on daily events affecting the Sea Services and 138 years of critical thought captured in our archives, it is clear that a number of new electronic initiatives are needed for the Naval Institute to stay timely, relevant...

  • Editor's Page

    In early January, President Barack Obama at last unveiled his administration’s defense strategy. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ending, the new focus will be on the Asia-Pacific region. The President promised the military will be...

  • Comment & Discussion

    ‘Up Ladder!’

    (See K. Albaugh and J. Carriker, pp. 58–62, January 2012 Proceedings)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . We Need to Invest More in Learning
    By Lieutenant Commander Kyle Turner, U.S. Navy

    With defense budget cuts on the way, analysts, politicians, and casual observers agree they will be deep and broad. Equipment and systems acquisition programs, manning, military healthcare, and an unsustainable retirement system lie on the table...

  • Now Hear This - Why Service Academies Matter
    By Charity E. Winters

    Amid today’s budget squeezes, some question whether the best officer training and education really take place at the service academies. Instead, they suggest that perhaps ROTC programs should be bolstered, or that officer candidate school...

  • The Emerging Arctic Frontier
    By Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Coast Guard
    The world may seem to be growing smaller, but its seas are growing bigger—particularly in the great North, where a widening water-highway beckons both with resources and challenges.

    As a maritime...

  • From the Deckplates - Toward Expanding Membership
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Enlisted professionals want to engage in the important discussions taking place about the military. They are educated, informed, and prepared to contribute materially to those debates. The Naval Institute provides a perfect venue for their...

  • 'Useful Sentinels'
    By Vice Admiral Rob Parker and Vice Admiral Manson Brown, U.S. Coast Guard
    The Coast Guard’s new fast response cutters are both strategically important and have local impact.

    Throughout the nation’s illustrious history, originating with Alexander Hamilton’s...

  • Balancing Act
    By Rear Admiral Richard E. Brooks, Rear Admiral Gary R. Jones, and Commander Bryan McGrath, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The Navy can’t rely solely on computer-based training. A remedial course: Integrate new technologies with traditional teaching.

    A decade ago, visionary leaders in the U.S. Navy assessed the state of...

  • So Much Strategy, So Little Strategic Direction
    By Commander Michael Junge, U.S. Navy
    The Navy has to work out its strategy-tactics confusion; until then, it will continue to put the budgetary cart before the strategic horse.

    There is a strategy problem in the Navy. Take...

  • New Lessons from the Old Guard
    By Lieutenant Eric J. Madonia, U.S. Navy
    The analytical and wargaming methods that successfully prepared 20th-century officers should be revisited to train the Navy’s next generation of operational leaders.

    If the Navy is to evolve, the...

  • Book Reviews

    Fighting Today’s Wars: How America’s Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors

    David G. Bolgiano and James M. Patterson. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2011. 192 pp. Intro. Notes. Index. $19.95.


  • Professional Notes

    So You Want to Be a Speechwriter?

    By Commander John Freymann, Captain Cathal O’Connor, and Lieutenant Emelia Probasco, U.S. Navy

    Young officers interested in becoming speechwriters need to know how writers...

  • World Naval Developments - The Perils of Succession
    By Norman Friedman

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il died in December. He apparently has been succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong-un. The death and succession demonstrated once again that North Korea must be the gold-standard for secretiveness. The death of Kim...

  • Naval Systems - New Missions, Enhanced Capability
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Naval Sea Systems Command in late December awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to Sechan Electronics Inc. for production and support services for a signal data processor, designated the Sierra assembly, for the Fleet...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The long-rumored transfer and lease of the Russian Akula-class attack submarine Nerpa to India reportedly was completed on 30 December 2011. The submarine, renamed the Chakra for Indian service, had begun construction...

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

    Petty Officer Michael Thornton and Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris were among the comparatively few American sailors left in South Vietnam in October of 1972. The so-called “Brown Water Navy” had been “Vietnamized,” and most...

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