Proceedings Magazine - June 2012 Vol. 138/6/1,312

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A cruise-missile-armed submarine took center stage in 2011 during operations against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The U.S. submarine force responded to...



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  • A Promise Kept
    By Rear Admiral James Foggo, U.S. Navy
    A cruise-missile-armed submarine took center stage in 2011 during operations against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

    The U.S. submarine force responded to the call for forces to support Operation Odyssey...

  • Asymmetric and Affordable
    By Captain Scott Pratt, U.S. Navy, and David E. Everhart
    A low-cost/high-capability undersea weapon would assure open sea lines and put foes on notice. The technology is available. Why wait?

    The U.S. Navy is sailing in uncharted waters as the nation is drowning...

  • Surviving the Adventure of a Lifetime
    By Jack Stuster and Zail Coffman
    Statistics in a detailed new combat study show that the first few firefights make all the difference.

    More than 2,500 U.S. military personnel have died in firefights in Iraq and Afghanis­tan, nearly as...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • What Will Follow the Ohio Class?
    By Captain Dave Bishop, U.S. Navy

    The year 2011 was a watershed for the Ohio Replacement Program Office. The Milestone A Acquisition Defense Memorandum, issued 10 January 2011, officially authorized the Ohio replacement SSBN to enter the technology development...

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  • Proceedings Digital Edition

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

  • Editor's Page

    It seems like hardly a day goes by without some new account in the press highlighting a weapon-system program that is over budget, underperforming, or overdue (sometimes all three). With the threat of sequestration still on the horizon, it often...

  • CEO Notes
    VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

    As an important part of our open forum and mission, the Naval Institute convenes and co-hosts conferences bringing together experts; Sea Service, joint, and military leaders; and senior government officials to examine and debate past, present,...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Fleet-Up Program Needs Fixing

    (See M. Farrell, p. 20, May 2012 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This - The U.S. Senate Should Ratify UNCLOS
    By Commander Bradley May, U.S. Navy Reserve

    The first draft of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was completed in 1982. The treaty provided a broad legal framework governing movement on the sea and the proper handling of sea-based resources. By 1994, treaty...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...What Happened to the Atlantic Fleet?
    By Lieutenant Joel Ira Holwitt, U.S. Navy

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’m confused as to whether there is such a thing as the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. A number of readers may counter, “Of course there is no longer an Atlantic Fleet! Didn’t you read...

  • Preparing for Today's Undersea Warfare
    Vice Admiral John M. Richardson and Lieutenant Joel Ira Holwitt, USN
    Undersea warriors must learn from the past while handling a sophisticated network of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors.

    As we draw down our land forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is renewed...

  • From the Deckplates - Bring Back Humility
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    [Editor’s Note: The following is an adaptation of Senior Chief Murphy’s chapter “Humble” from Everyday Leader Heroes (Caboodle Books, forthcomng) by Rich Schuttler.]

    Headlines describing...

  • After a New Start
    By John K. Warden
    While the United States has signed on to reduce its nuclear arsenal, the U.S.
  • The Incredible Shrinking SSBN(X)
    Commander Michael J. Dobbs, USN (Ret.)
    The Navy must redesign a capable follow-on ballistic-missile submarine that it can afford.

    There is vigorous debate concerning the affordability of replacing the Ohio-class (Trident) ballistic-...

  • Rekindling the Killer Instinct
    Lieutenant Commander Brian McGuirk, USN
    Today’s tech-dependent, risk-averse submarine culture keeps young officers from developing warfighting skills crucial to success in conflict.

    The United States submarine force came of age during the...

  • Winning the Battle, Losing the War
    By Steve Cohen
    While the Navy appears to be doing a better job of selling itself to lawmakers and the American public, it still needs to improve its marketing, or the whole effort could blow up in its face.

    Congress is...

  • The Lead Code-Breaker of Midway
    By Paul Stillwell
    An oral historian and former editor-in-chief of Naval History magazine takes us back seven decades, when U.S. Navy cryptanalysts had cracked the code of the enemy’s radio traffic, resulting in one of the most...
  • 'Adaptive Thinkers and Warriors'
    By Second Lieutenant David Tan, U.S. Marine Corps

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Winner

    The level of turmoil in the world (and prospects for more) demand problem-solving leadership. New Marine...

  • The Changing Face of Command
    By Ensign Franklyn Lee Dahlberg III, U.S. Navy<p>

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Winner

    Bedrock leadership principles aren’t passé, but today’s Navy officer needs an eclectic mix of...

  • Still Relevant
    By Ensign Claire Wasko, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Winner

    With missiles and well-honed noncombat capabilities, there’s no room for argument: Today’s surface...

  • Constant Convictions
    By Second Lieutenant Andrew S. King, U.S. Marine Corps

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Winner

    Through its officers, the Marine Corps nurtures and perpetuates the core values that have sustained it for more...

  • Book Reviews

    Perilous Fight: America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815

    Stephen Budiansky. New York: Knopf, 2011. 422 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $35.00.

    Reviewed by David Curtis Skaggs...

  • Professional Notes

    The Submarine’s Role in Reprioritizing Antisubmarine Warfare Tasks

    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The open literature and multiple conferences on antisubmarine warfare (ASW), convey the...

  • Naval Systems - Navy Disputes LCS Criticisms
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy in mid-March awarded funds to Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, prime contractors for the two shipbuilding initiatives that comprise the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, to “assess engineering and production...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Ukrainian Navy recently completed refurbishment and reactivation of its only submarine, the Foxtrot-class boat Zaporizhzhya. Built in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 42-year-old submarine originally was transferred to the Ukraine in...

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

    On 24 October 1944, as the result of a string of complicated events, a group of diminutive U.S. escort carriers and their even smaller screening vessels found themselves facing a formidable Japansese fleet consisting of battleships (one of them...

  • Naval Institute Foundation - Admiral Noel Gayler Oral History Is Available

    The Naval Institute recently released the oral history of the late Admiral Noel A. M. Gayler (1914-2011), one of the U.S. Navy’s first aces of World War II, who later served as Commander-in-Chief Pacific at the end of the Vietnam War. He...

  • The Russian Navy - Beneath the Waves
    By Norman Polmar

    For most of the 45 years of the Cold War, the Soviet submarine force was a major factor in the political-military confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States. At times numbering more than 400 submarines, including highly...

  • World Naval Developments - India's New Missile
    By Norman Friedman<p>

    In April, India successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Agni-V, with a stated range of 10,000 km (about 5,500 nm). The Indians announced that after two or three more successes they would introduce Agni-V into...

  • From Our Archive

    'There is One great society alone on earth: The noble living and the noble dead.'

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    Alone in the world except for his Marine buddies, a young orphan boy indulged his new friends...


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