Proceedings Magazine - August 2012 Vol. 138/8/1,314

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The passage of time and events of recent years have highlighted the need to update and provide some added definition in the Naval Institute’s Constitution and Bylaws. We have been working...



  • Editor's Page
    By Paul Merzlak

    The Coast Guard has a long and illustrious history dating to the early days of the republic. When the average citizen thinks of the service, though, the first image that no doubt comes to mind is that of a cutter or helicopter rescuing wayward...

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  • CEO Notes

    The passage of time and events of recent years have highlighted the need to update and provide some added definition in the Naval Institute’s Constitution and Bylaws. We have been working through a long and deliberate drafting and review...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Strategic Imperative and Naval Energy Strategy

    (See E. S. Briggs and D. K. Forbes, p. 10, July 2012 Proceedings)

  • Book Reviews

    Afghan Endgames: Strategy and Policy Choices for America’s Longest War

    Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla, eds. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012. 248 pp. Notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by John R...

  • Naval Systems - New Tomahawks Ordered, Offensive Antisurface Weapon Planned
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon Missile Systems, prime contractor for the ship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk land-attack missile, is moving into production of a new order of Block IV all-up round missiles under a new contract, valued at $337.8 million, awarded by...

  • World Naval Developments - Back(fire) to the Future?
    By Norman Friedman

    In June the Russians and Chinese announced a deal under which China would license-produce Backfire (Tu-22M3) bombers for its navy, replacing the current unlicensed version of the old Soviet-era Badger (Tu-16). The Russians will provide two...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    India’s newest aircraft carrier, the Vikramaditya, began sea trials off Severodvinsk, Russia, in June, with testing expected to continue into the fall. The 44,000-ton Kiev-class carrier, formerly known as the Admiral...

  • Lest We Forget - “I have brought you some of the old United States’ guns, sir!”
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Robert Smalls was born a slave on a South Carolina plantation, and when he turned 12, his master sent him to Charleston to hire out. Smalls worked at various jobs, sending most of his earnings back to his master. He eventually married a hotel...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Recent Honorary and Memorial Gifts

    Gifts of support to the Naval Institute have been made in honor of the following individuals:

    Lieutenant (junior grade) William L. Arnest, USNA Class of 2009, by his grandmother Susan O. Arnest...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Go on, my friend, and fear nothing; you carry Cæsar and his fortunes in your boat.’

    Plutarch (c. 46–120 AD)

    A 78-foot Higgins motor torpedo boat, PT-77, cuts through the wake of a sister PT boat...

  • A Sound Investment
    By Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker and Lieutenant Commander Jamie Frederick, U.S. Coast Guard, and Dr. Joseph DiRenzo III
    For two centuries the Coast Guard has given America a lot of bang for its buck. A new and more capable cutter fleet is vital to its ability to continue that tradition.

    Two hundred years ago, the United...

  • Veterans Have an Image Problem
    By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    Under circumstances beyond their control, our service men and women returning to the private sector are being unfairly labeled. It’s time something is done about it.

    Murderous, suicidal, unemployed,...

  • Generational Change and the 'Stay-or-Go' Question
    By Captain Michael Junge, U.S. Navy
    ‘Heroes,’ ‘Artists,’ ‘Prophets,’ ‘Nomads’—each generation has put its stamp on the surface Navy, and each has grappled with its own officer-retention issues....
  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
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  • Now Hear This - The Three-Letter Word
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Charlie Hymen, U.S. Navy

    War on obesity. War on illiteracy. War on drugs. Recent headlines suggest that Americans are ready to attach the word “war” to any social cause that merits debate. While many of our politicians and pundits wage abstract battles over...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . You Are Recruiting the Wrong Sailors
    By Commander Don Braswell, U.S. Navy (Retired)

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  • From the Deckplates - Sexual Assault is Not Part of Our Culture
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Any sexual assault against a military professional is unacceptable. When it’s perpetrated by another service member—a blue-on-blue assault in Navy jargon—it is particularly disturbing, so efforts by the Navy and the other...

  • Proficiency: The Essence of Discipline
    By Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Coast Guard
    Putting new emphasis on mastery of craft and leadership will ensure the Coast Guard is prepared to confidently take the initiative in fulfilling its mission.

    The ability to harness and manage change has...

  • With a 'Spirit and Promptitude'
    By William H. Thiesen
    The Revenue Cutter Service—precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard—played a significant role in the War of 1812.

    On 18 June 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against...

  • Relieving the Watch
    By Lieutenant Craig H. Allen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard
    After doing their duty well beyond their projected service life, the Coast Guard’s venerable Island-class cutters prepare to pass the torch to a new Sentinel.

    Relieving the bridge watch is a formal...

  • Get Serious about the Arctic
    By Lieutenant Commander Brian Moore, U.S. Coast Guard
    Global interests—including those of the United States—are at stake in this changing region.

    Commercial opportunities are expanding exponentially in the polar regions as the ice pack retreats,...

  • International Waters, Illicit Traffic
    By Captain Douglas M. Fears, U.S. Coast Guard
    Part law enforcement, part intelligence, part homeland security, the maritime-interdiction mission is uniquely suited to the Coast Guard’s capability and jurisdictional versatility.

    The equation is...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the August 2012 issue of Proceedings.


  • Rethinking Littoral Logistics
    By Captain David C. Meyers and Commander Jason B. Fitch, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy
    The number of littoral combat ships and joint high-speed vessels is increasing, and the Navy needs a reliable support framework to meet their needs.

    The U.S. Navy has a long history of operating in the...

  • Professional Notes

    Making a Clean Sweep: Reinforcing the Importance of Afloat Training

    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Joseph DiRenzo IV, U.S. Coast Guard

    Water is quickly rising as a damaged compartment begins to...


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