Proceedings Magazine - December 2013 Vol. 139/12/1,330

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A U.S. Navy destroyer commander received the Silver Star for his heroism fighting the Japanese 70 years ago during World...



  • Editor's Page

    As we reach the end of another year we thought we’d try to peer into the future and see what might be looming on the horizon for America’s Sea Services. To do so, many of our authors this month found it helpful to look to the past....

  • Now Hear This - We Need a New Project 60
    By Harlan Ullman

    Tectonic geostrategic forces in international politics are shifting, causing a triple threat to U.S. national security. The choices we make in how to provide for the common defense...

  • From the Deckplates - Everything It Stands For
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Whenever you have a chance, thank a veteran for their service. Let them know how much you appreciate their patriotism and sacrifices. Remind a World War II veteran they are a part...

  • The Russian Navy 'Rebalances' to the Mediterranean
    By Captain Thomas R. Fedyszyn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    As NATO and the United States deprioritize a former strategic center of gravity, Russia eagerly moves in to fill the void.

    Amidst the flurry of diplomatic and political activity accompanying the Syrian...

  • Anti-Access Lessons from the Past
    By Toshi Yoshihara
    Imperial Japan’s plan for fighting the U.S. Navy before World War II and contemporary China’s maritime area-denial tactics share remarkable similarities.

    When strategists encounter a formidable...

  • A Few Disruptive Thoughts
    By Lieutenant Ryan Hilger, U.S. Navy

    Unmanned Maritime Systems Contest Winner

    Unmanned systems may be the magic bullet the U.S. Navy is looking for, but here are a few...

  • Unman Your Battle Stations!
    By Commander Michael J. Dobbs, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    2013 Unmanned Maritime Systems Essay Contest Winner

    Unmanned maritime systems will decisively alter the future of warfare, and the naval profession must adapt to...

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  • CEO Notes

    Recognizing the important and growing role of unmanned systems under, on, and above the sea in the coming years, Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter have, with great foresight, generously sponsored the Naval Institute’s 2013 Unmanned...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Naval Postgraduate School: A Sacred Cow?

    (See J. McDonnell, pp. 60–64, October 2013; and Y. Aboul-Enein, pp. 9, 86, November 2013...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Don’t Say Goodbye to Intellectual Diversity
    By Lieutenant Alexander P. Smith, U.S. Navy

    In May, the George Washington University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps class of 2013 took the oath of office in front of the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia....

  • Special - Chasing the Fall of the Shot
    Introduction and Epilogue by A. Denis Clift

    A U.S. Navy destroyer commander received the Silver Star for his heroism fighting the Japanese 70 years ago during World War II.

    In action off Nauru...

  • Leading the Way in Ballistic-Missile Defense
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Scott C. Truver
    For the U.S. Navy and a growing number of its partners, the key word is ‘Aegis.’

    The United States has put in place an integrated—if still embryonic—national-level ballistic-missile...

  • Strengthening the Shipbuilding Industry
    By Captain John L. Birkler, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired), John Schank, Mark Arena, Jessie Riposo, and Gordon Lee
    To prevent atrophy in a fiscally challenged environment, the U.S. Navy and ship manufacturers will need to adopt a set of broad management strategies.

    The U.S. Navy and the...

  • Strategy and Submarine
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Crafting a plan of action to use the sea offensively in the 1980s and the near-concurrent construction of a new class of nuclear-powered submarine present a study in policy, technology, tactics, and acquisition....
  • Nation-Building IS A Navy Mission
    By Captain David A. Adams, U.S. Navy

    Exhausted from more than a decade of counterinsurgency, it would be easy for the United States to focus on naval Fleet actions in the Pacific, but our national security...

  • Book Reviews

    Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security

    Denny Roy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. 288 pp. $35.

    Reviewed by Captain Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy

    Readers looking to make...

  • Professional Notes

    Fix the Shipboard Air Intercept Controller Program

    By Commander Christopher F. Hill, Commander David Dees, Lieutenant Brett Williams, and Lieutenant Will Meyer, U.S. Navy

    During the Vietnam War,...

  • U.S. Navy - The SEA-Air Battle
    By Norman Polman

    Obama administration and Department of Defense officials are publicizing the so-called “strategy” of the Air-Sea Battle (ASB) and the “pivot” of U.S....

  • Naval Systems - Navy Starts Next-Generation Radar Work for Future Burkes
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy in October awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a $385.7 million contract for engineering and modeling development (EMD) and design, development, integration, and...

  • World Naval Developments - Digital Danger
    by Norman Friedman

    The intelligence disaster wrought by fomer National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden carries important lessons about the character of the digital world we now inhabit....

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 26 September the United Kingdom commissioned its sixth and final Type 45 destroyer. HMS Duncan was laid down in early 2007 and launched in October 2010 at the BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde. These ships, known...

  • Lest We Forget - Jehovah Himself
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the night of 27 August 1972, four U.S. ships—the USS Newport News (CA-148), Providence (CLG-6), Robison (DDG-12), and Rowan (DD-782)...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Introducing the Foundation Board

    The U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors recently voted to re-establish a separate and distinct board to assist the Foundation in its work to support the Institute’s financial well-being. To our...

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