Proceedings Magazine - May 2013 Vol. 139/5/1,323

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An Interview with Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, U.S. Navy

Vice Admiral McCoy has spent five years as Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) working to...



  • Lest We Forget - The ‘Red’ Factor
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    It was a beautiful day to be at sea on 20 July 1960 as the USS Observation Island (E-AG-154) barely moved on the sparkling waters off Cape Canaveral under the bright blue dome of a cloudless sky. Nearby, two other ships—the...

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  • Editor's Page
    by Paul Merzlak

    It’s been an eventful 12 months for the Sea Services, and as we do every May, we pause to review the many notable accomplishments of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard during the past year while at the same time scanning the horizon...

  • CEO Notes
    by Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

    The U.S. Naval Institute Annual Meeting was held on 11 April at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., with a fine turnout of Members. The meeting was very positive and well-attended. We discussed the state of the Institute,...

  • Comment and Discussion

    The Commanders Respond

    (See R. Griggs, P. Maddison, et al., pp. 16–29, March 2013 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This - ‘If We Are to Remain a World Power’
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    When the latest issue of Proceedings arrived in June 1906, Naval Institute members and the American people heard from a renowned global expert, a retired naval officer...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - A New Look at John Paul Jones
    By Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    One early 20th-century writer called John Paul Jones “a knight of the seas.” Some refer to him as the father of the U.S. Navy. But others had a less-charitable view....

  • 'To Improve the Material Readiness of the Surface Fleet'
    An Interview with Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, U.S. Navy
    An Interview with Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, U.S. Navy

    Vice Admiral McCoy has spent five years as Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) working to correct a problem that seldom makes headlines....

  • Striking a Strategic Balance in Asia
    By Commander Thomas G. Mahnken, U.S. Navy Reserve
    To protect American interests in the region, the United States must adopt a “forward-leaning” strategy.

    A struggle is under way for mastery of Asia. Its course and outcome will be vital to the...

  • The Rise of the Missile Carriers
    By Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S. Navy
    Autonomous attack systems may be heralding the twilight of the aircraft-carrier era, but the venerable platform will remain important by returning to its pre–World War II operational roots.

    More than...

  • Bomb Iran?
    By Commander Daniel Dolan, U.S. Navy, and Ronald Oard
    It was a protest chant heard across the nation during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. And it echoes into the current age. But actually going to war with Iran may yield some unintended consequences.


  • Bring Back BRAC (But . . .)
    By Captain Brian V. Buzzell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The military badly needs to embark on another round of base closings, but this time Congress and the White House should do it right—by simplifying the process.

    It’s time for another BRAC—the...

  • The Mission Leads the Way
    By Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland
    Out of the extreme struggles of the POW experience at the Hanoi Hilton emerged powerful lessons in leadership, with the central tenet being to always put the mission first.

    Dr. William Sledge would walk...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2012
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2012 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are widely recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the sea services. Because the list...

  • U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver and Robert Holzer

    It was in many respects a year of sailing dangerously for the U.S. Navy. Or perhaps “just muddling through” is more apt. Doing more with less, realizing that the impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 might indeed be real, reducing...

  • U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapons Development in Review
    By Commander Jan C. Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Naval aviation went through a transitional period in 2012 as it struggled with the specter of upcoming budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty brought on by congressional dysfunction. The year started off on a high note as the F-35B program was...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
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  • Reflections of a POW's Son
    by Dr. James B. Stockdale II
  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
    Compiled by Samuel Loring Morison
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  • From the Deckplates - Are We Serious About Physical Security?
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Immediately following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, military installations and federal facilities went to extremely high states of physical security, probably the...

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    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the May 2013 issue of Proceedings.

    U.S. Battle Force Changes
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  • U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel John C. Berry, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    In 2012 U.S. Marines significantly reduced forces in Afghanistan, transferring many security responsibilities to their Afghan partners. Concurrently, the Navy–Marine Corps team received a much-needed respite from the kind of high-tempo,...

  • U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

    The past year provided the Coast Guard with its usual set of operational demands and unique challenges that forced the service to constantly modify its roles and methods. The service also experienced its first loss of life due to hostile action...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and World Maritime Review
    By Shashi Kumar

    There was no shortage of government inducements to turn the lackluster tide in 2012—stimulus spending in China and Japan, quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve, and multiple actions by the European Central Bank to strengthen the...

  • Book Reviews

    Contractors & War: The Transformation of U.S. Expeditionary Operations

    Christopher Kinsey and Malcolm Hugh Patterson, eds. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. 352 pp. Notes. Index. $29.95.


  • U.S. Navy - The LCS Program is Going . . . But Where?
    By Norman Polmar

    There seems to be good news and bad news for the Navy’s long-suffering littoral combat ship (LCS) program. The good news is that the USS Freedom (LCS-1) has finally...

  • Oceans - The Bear is Diving: Russia’s Manned Submersibles
    By Don Walsh

    In Russia there has been no lack of technical competence regarding the design and building of underwater vehicles—witness the Soviet production of more than 400 nuclear...

  • World Naval Developments - No Longer Anonymous
    By Norman Friedman<p>

    A few weeks ago it was reported that significant hacking activity had been traced to a particular building in Shanghai, and to the obscure unit of the Chinese military that...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The submarine INS Sindhurakshak, pictured here, is the latest Indian Kilo-class submarine to complete a major overhaul and refit in Russia. Modernized at Zvezdochka shipyard under a 2010 contract, the Sindhurakshak is one of ten...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.’ Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

    Aviation Metalsmith 2nd Class Jack Cain has reason...


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