Proceedings Magazine - October 2013 Vol. 139/10/1,328

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On 23 October 1983, terrorists bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members and injuring...



  • Editor's Page

    We were in the final stages of preparing this issue, with its homeland security spotlight, when we first heard the stunning news: There had been a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, not terribly far from our headquarters here in Annapolis....

  • Now Hear This - The Navy’s Most Important Resource? Its People
    By Ensign Chris Pagenkopf, U.S. Navy

    Articles about “unmanned” and “autonomous” weapon systems are becoming ever more prevalent in the pages of Proceedings, as are references to the...

  • Safeguarding Our Hemisphere
    By Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, U.S. Coast Guard
    The Coast Guard must focus the service’s strategic efforts on securing the maritime domain close to home.

    In the coming decade, the U.S. Coast Guard must confront growing transnational threats and...

  • Special - Influence and Relevance
    By Fred Schultz

    Sometimes in the throes of monthly and bimonthly Proceedings and Naval History deadlines, we lose sight of just how much bigger the U.S. Naval Institute is than...

  • The New Knowledge Network
    By Vice Admiral Rob Parker, Rear Admiral Chuck Michel, Commander Brian Falk, U.S. Coast Guard, Dr. Joe DiRenzo and Chris Doane
    Collaboration and coordination are the C2 necessary to achieve unity of effort in 21st century maritime security.

    Today’s maritime realm is a complex environment characterized by diverse stakeholders...

  • The Next Security Frontier
    By Captain Jonathan S. Spaner, U.S. Coast Guard, and Hillary LeBail
    Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, but it’s not just an environmental concern. It poses a real threat to our homeland security.

    Security challenges, from terrorism to cyber...

  • Air-Sea Battle and its Discontents
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Detractors consider the Air-Sea Battle concept to be an overarching strategy that excludes land forces. That is simply not the case, and here’s why.

    Critics of strategy abound. In an article titled...

  • Controlling Contested Waters
    By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Sea control in the Indo-Pacific is a top priority for both the United States and China—and the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s maritime capabilities are steadily evolving.

    Sea control is...

  • Naval Postgraduate School: A Sacred Cow?
    By Captain Jeanne McDonnell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In the current fiscal climate, the Navy needs to rethink its role in the graduate-education business.

    The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, has provided top-notch graduate education...

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  • CEO Notes

    Defense reductions should rightfully be a part of the overall solution to deal with the national deficit. Indeed, a solid economy and an effective defense are critical to the prosperity and security of this great nation. Achieving these ends...

  • Comment and Discussion

    ‘Semper CVN!’

    (See S. C. Truver, p. 10, September 2013 Proceedings)

    Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Surface Warfare Officers Should Command Early and Often
    Lieutenant Commander Ted Pledger, U.S. Navy

    Surface warfare is unique in the Navy in that it offers command billets for junior officers. These opportunities are invaluable in leadership development and allow surface warfare...

  • Special - Remembering Beirut
    By Randy Gaddo

    On 23 October 1983, terrorists bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members and injuring hundreds more. Thirty years later court transcripts...

  • Facing Our Fears, Managing The Threat
    By Al Mauroni
    The Department of Defense’s current approach to responding to domestic chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents needs to be readjusted in light of overall national-security concerns.
  • Let's Get Serious About Peacetime Ops
    By Captain Ivan T. Luke, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    From protecting the sea lanes to disaster relief, the Navy performs a host of missions that are not just ‘warfare lite.’ Different challenges call for different theory and doctrine.

    A destroyer...

  • Lifting the Fog on Cyber Strategy
    By Lieutenant Commander Brian Evans, U.S. Navy, and Rick Lanchantin
    To optimally navigate the evolving battlefield of cyberspace, the Navy must strengthen its understanding of the Law of Armed Conflict as well as its implications for Navy cyber strategy.

    The ongoing...

  • Book Reviews

    One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

    Linda Robinson. New York: Public Affairs, 2013. 336 pp. $28.99.

    Reviewed by Dick Couch

  • Professional Notes

    Change the SWO Training Pipeline

    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Joseph Abdullah, U.S. Navy

    The surface-warfare insignia should represent surface-combatant warfighting, not division-officer functionality....

  • Naval Systems - Advanced Ship-Power Electronics Demonstrated
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work by the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC) in pursuit of a long-term vision to develop a revolutionary new...

  • World Naval Developments - India’s Naval Buildup Gains Steam
    By Norman Friedman

    In August, the Indian Navy celebrated two major milestones. It launched the first indigenously-built carrier, the 37,500-ton Vikrant, and the reactor of its first native-...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 12 August India’s Cochin Shipyard launched the nation’s first indigenously produced aircraft carrier. The 37,500-ton Vikrant (Sanskrit for “courageous” or “victorious”) replaces a similarly named...

  • Lest We Forget - ‘Exceptionally Heroic Service’
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    James Jonas Madison had been a merchant mariner for most of his life, having first gone to sea in his mid-teens. Soon after the United States entered World War I, he joined the...

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