Proceedings Magazine - July 2012 Vol. 138/7/1,313


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    During its long and distinguished history, Proceedings has become the journal of record, the independent forum, a venue for discussing tactics and the basics of the profession, and a place to celebrate the history of the Sea Services....

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    VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

    The outstanding younger generation of men and women in our Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard not only want to receive content from the Naval Institute, they want to participate in its development. Following a series of discussions with cross-...

  • Comment & Discussion

    The U.S. Senate Should Ratify UNCLOS

    (See B. May, p. 10, June 2012 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: The Strategic Imperative and Naval Energy Strategy
    By Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs and Captain Donald K. Forbes, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The current “all-of-the-above” national energy strategy with its naval component focuses on developing alternative fuels as an antidote to the proclaimed carbon dioxide-driven climate change—to the detriment of a realistic naval...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Fix Navy PME!
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    In the past three decades there has been a revolution in professional military education (PME) throughout the services. With the introduction of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, Joint PME (JPME) has become a growth industry, and certainly has...

  • From the Deckplates: Troops' Best Friend?
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Ten-plus years of war in the Middle East and Central Asia have resulted in high numbers of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, most commonly referred to by its innocuous-sounding acronym, PTSD. Veterans’ organizations...

  • Payloads over Platforms: Charting a New Course
    By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy
    We need to move from ‘luxury-car’ platforms—with their built-in capabilities—toward dependable ‘trucks’ that can handle a changing payload selection.

    Navy platforms,...

  • Punch Them in the Nose . . .and then Leave
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    With no good exit options, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan should heed the Soviets’ lesson and withdraw with a ‘fighting retrograde.’

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the fall...

  • Rethinking 'Naval'—Heresy or Fiscal Imperative?
    By Robert Kozloski
    With budget battles looming, the Navy–Marine Corps team needs to find ways to consolidate certain overlapping missions and capabilities. Here are a few ideas on where to start.

    Shortly after taking...

  • Keeping Our Amphibious Edge
    By Admiral John C. Harvey Jr., U.S. Navy, and Colonel P. J. Ridderhof, U.S. Marine Corps
    Who’s responsible for maintaining the critical sea-to-shore-and-back capability? The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, that’s who.

    In March, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces...

  • Pigeonholes or Paradigm Shifts?
    By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The U.S. Navy must combine innovation with tested ideas to make the most of its unmanned aerial vehicles.

    The process of assimilating a new technology is a complex one for any organization. Besides facing...

  • Cloud Combat: Thinking Machines in Future Wars
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Matthew R. Hipple, U.S. Navy
    The divisions between men and machines are crumbling, leading to an autonomous mechanized force.

    Lifting a coffee cup is a routine gesture for most, but now-famous stroke victim Cathy Hutchison does so...

  • An Undersea 'Killer App'
    By Captain Paul Siegrist, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The Navy must push ahead in pursuit of a system that will turn information from beneath the waves into a main battery of its arsenal.

    The U.S. Navy has long relied on underwater stealth to ensure dominance...

  • China's Digital Destroyers
    By Lieutenant Commander Cindy Hurst, U.S. Navy Reserve
    Chinese naval planners have long been striving for information dominance—and their hardware is catching up with their vision.

    In 1996, a Chinese academic paper pointed out that the new military...

  • Grow the Network
    By Brian Walsh
    It’s time for a blueprint to improve maritime domain awareness.

    Tens of thousands of commercial vessels move between the world’s many ports every day. Most are engaged in routine commerce of...

  • Book Reviews

    Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

    Nicholas Rankin. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 416 pp. Illus. Maps. Source notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel...

  • Professional Notes

    The Great Green (Pierside?) Fleet

    By Lieutenant Lawrence Heyworth IV, U.S. Navy

    On 14 October 2011, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus shared his vision of the “Great Green Fleet” at the...

  • Oceans: The Farming of the Sea
    By Don Walsh


    Fishing is one of mankind’s oldest organized activities. From the time our earliest ancestors first sorted through tidal pools to the present day, we have been fishermen, and fishermen are essentially hunters. Today, that...

  • U.S. Navy - Needed: A Sub Change
    By Norman Polmar

    Who is in charge of the U.S. submarine force?

  • World Naval Developments: Being There Still Matters
    By Norman Friedman

    In May the British government decided to reverse its previous decision to abandon short-take-off combat aircraft and therefore to relegate the first of the country’s two 65,000-ton carriers to helicopter operations while the second was...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 27 April India commissioned the first of a new batch of Talwar-class frigates. The INS Teg was built by the Russian shipyard Yantar at Kaliningrad; she is a modified version of the three older Russian-built Talwar-...

  • Lest We Forget: ‘It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.’
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

    The proverbial stars seemed to be aligned for the young officer. After his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905, he was posted to a brand-new battleship in the Asiatic Fleet, a plum assignment at the time. His early performance was so...

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