Proceedings Magazine - September 2012 Vol. 138/9/1,315


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    by Ric Smith
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    For most of its existence, the aircraft carrier has been the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy. Forward-thinking visionaries predicted as much during the 1930s, but the Coral Sea campaign in May 1942 and the resounding victory at Midway a month later...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Punch Them in the Nose . . . and then Leave

    (See J. T. Kuehn, pp. 24–28, July 2012 Proceedings)

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    The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban

    Daniel R. Green. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2011. 288 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by John R. Ballard...

  • A 'Leap Ahead' for the 21st-Century Navy
    By Rear Admiral William Moran and Rear Admiral Thomas Moore, U.S. Navy, and Captain Ed McNamee, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The new Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers may have a hefty pricetag, but many believe the cost is worth it and that the ships will prove to be even more iconic than their predecessors.


  • A New Kind of Carrier Air Wing
    By Daniel Goure
    What types of aircraft will be deployed on tomorrow’s flattops?

    What should the carrier air wing (CVW) of the future look like? This rather abstruse topic has taken on new significance of late as a...

  • Leadership and Command
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy
    You thought Mahan was all about battleships and grand strategy? Well, he also was quite erudite about what it takes to be a good naval officer.

    In an article in this journal last year titled “What...

  • My Other Combat System Is a Network
    By Captains James H. Mills, U.S. Navy; and Jim Adams, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The Navy must treat information technology as a warfare capability.

    The U.S. Fleet is very capable today, but storm clouds on the horizon could not only jeopardize that situation, they could also threaten...

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    With the introduction and wide acceptance of e-Reader platforms, your Naval Institute team is particularly focused on the astonishing pace of change in how content is collected, handled, and presented to users. This month, we introduce our ...

  • Now Hear This - Securing Mission Success in a New Defense Environment
    By Vice Admiral Thomas Kilcline, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    At the turn of the 21st century, segments of the U.S. Navy met tightening budget expectations by reducing expenses for maintenance, reporting, and inspections. These actions initially saved millions of dollars in manpower costs. But with smaller...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . Let's Game the Arctic
    By Captain Lawson W. Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    It is time for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to host an Arctic forum and games at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) involving all the Arctic countries: Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States....

  • From the Deckplates - How to Make a Chief Petty Officer
    By Master Chief John R. Warrick, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    [The following is adapted from a speech Master Chief Warrick delivered at the retirement ceremony of Master Chief Ken Pallutch.]

    Any man or woman who has worn the uniform of a chief petty officer has shared in the...

  • Tribute - In Memoriam: Admiral James D. Watkins, 1927–2012
    By John Lehman

    Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and Chief of Naval Operations Ernest King barely spoke to one another in the latter part of World War II. Both were aggressive, smart leaders, and both thought that they alone were in charge of the Navy.

  • Professional Notes

    Choosing Sailors with the “Right Stuff”

    By Commander James H. Ware, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy has for too long allowed commanding officers to avoid hard decisions regarding manpower in their assigned...

  • Time to Fly Right
    By Lieutenant Lawrence Lederer and Commander John Byington, U.S. Navy Reserve
    The Navy needs to develop crew criteria for small- and medium-size unmanned aerial systems, and it may not be making full use of all the resources within its grasp.

    One doesn’t have to listen to the...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Huntington Ingalls Industries launched the U.S. Navy’s first America-class amphibious assault ship, at Pascagoula, Mississippi, in June. Another is currently under construction. The new ships, to be named the America (LHA-...

  • Lest We Forget - “What Were Their Names?”
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Chief Petty Officer William Bergstresser was standing watch on Halloween night in the engine room of his ship, an old four-stack Clemson-class destroyer that had seen better days. It was 0525 and he was less than halfway into the morning...

  • Birth of the Littoral Combat Ship
    By Captain Robert Carney Powers, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In a series of 1990s simulations, the LCS concept was born; the Strait of Hormuz was the hypothetical scenario, and ‘the fight against sea and shore’ became the mantra.

    The recent findings of...

  • Naval Institute Foundation - Welcoming the Next Generation

    One of the Naval Institute’s top priorities is to engage young naval personnel and help them advance as the next generation of naval professionals. We believe an important first step in this effort is to introduce Naval Reserve Officers...

  • The U.S. Navy's Leading Edge
    By Lieutenant Kermit E. Jones, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy
    Technology should serve sailors, not micromanage them.

    Navy doctrine states that “Command is the authoritative act of making decisions and ordering action; control is the act of monitoring and...

  • Trends in Hybrid and Irregular Warfare
    By Paul Scharre
    Savvy adversaries are more capable than ever of using high-tech gadgets and social media against the United States.

    From Tunisia to Cairo, Sanaa, Bahrain, Benghazi, Damascus, London, Wall Street, Berkeley...

  • Advisors Afloat
    By Lauren G. S. Strickfaden
    The POLAD program is advancing interagency cooperation between State and Defense—but is it ready for a carrier strike group?

    As the need to form a unified front to address the challenges faced by...

  • Oceans - Seasick: Our Acidic Ocean
    By Don Walsh

    Carbon dioxide . . . it’s what makes our soft drinks zesty and champagne . . . well, champagne. It is also a major greenhouse gas. Absorbed into the sea it is an essential component for growth of plankton, the first stage of marine life. By...

  • World Naval Developments - Chinese Tomahawks?
    By Norman Friedman

    In late July it was reported that canisters like those of the DH-10 land-attack cruise missile (a Tomahawk-type weapon) were on board a Chinese naval test ship, presumably as a preliminary to surface-vessel deployment in this form. The DH-10...

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