Proceedings Magazine - February 2014 Vol. 140/2/1,332

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The Marine Corps’ ability to adapt to the challenges of the day have proven arm-chair strategists wrong for decades, and the service’s contribution to the next...


  • Editor's Page

    In these times of fiscal uncertainty and global instability, our armed forces, and in particular the Sea Services, often find themselves searching for new solutions to old problems. It’s a familiar dilemma: Do you pursue novel ways of...

  • Now Hear This - We Must Have Nuclear Deterrence
    By Rear Admiral Barry Bruner and Captain Michael Cockey, U.S. Navy

    In the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the phrase “provide for the common defense” refers to one of government’s bedrock responsibilities. Simple in concept,...

  • From the Deckplates - Toxic Leaders: Bullies in our Ranks
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Jayne P. Cecil

    A recent Army study found a potential link between toxic leadership and troop suicides (National Public Radio, “Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders” by Daniel Zwerdling...

  • 'Responsive and Relevant'
    By Rear Admiral Michael C. Manazir, U.S. Navy
    As history has proven time and again, the question isn’t ‘How can we afford to build aircraft carriers’ but ‘How can we not afford to build them?’

    If value is defined...

  • Bring on the Countermeasure Drones
    By Lieutenant Matthew Hipple, U.S. Navy
    Unmanned platforms are being touted as offensive weapons, but they could play good defense, too.

    When plotting the path of drone development, problems arise in the bias of referring to systems as “...

  • Aegis: A Continuum of Excellence
    By Rear Admiral Alan B. Hicks, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Captain Albert J. Grecco, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    From its roots in the 1960s to Operation Burnt Frost in 2008 to today, here is an inside view of a weapon system’s storied legacy.

    During its more than 40-year history, the Aegis weapon system has...

  • Deterring the Dragon . . . From (Under) the Sea
    By Commander Victor L. Vescovo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    If the United States wants to prevent China from flexing its military muscle and disrupting the status quo it should adopt and advance a subsurface strategy.

    China and the United States may—or, it is...

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    Whether or not you can attend this year’s WEST conference in San Diego—and we very much hope that you can—the conference lineup demonstrates in spades the value of the Naval Institute for the Sea Services and for all those who...

  • Comment and Discussion

    A Modular Warship for 2025

    (See M. Smidt and M. Junge, pp. 28–32, January 2014 Proceedings)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Navy Computers Don’t Need Commercial Best Practices
    By Stephen Finneran

    Cyber warfare is being conducted as a never-ending swordfight between black and white hats. Will the white hats ever suggest that they need to be made obsolete? Of course not! Even...

  • Book Reviews

    Information at Sea: Shipboard Command and Control in the U.S. Navy, from Mobile Bay to Okinawa

    Timothy S. Wolters. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2013. 317 pp. Notes. Index. Illus. $54.95.

    Reviewed by Norman...

  • Professional Notes

    Lessons from the Somali Pirate Experience

    By Lieutenant Commander James Farrant, Royal Navy

    In 2012, the cost of Somali piracy was estimated to be down 12.5 percent from 2011 figures....

  • Naval Systems - LCS Mission Packages Moving Forward
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The surface-warfare mission package for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program will go through its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) on board the USS Fort...

  • World Naval Developments - Reading the Signs in Pyongyang
    By Norman Friedman

    In December, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ousted and then executed his uncle-in-law Jang Song-Thaek, until then his mentor and perhaps the second most powerful man in the...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    A new U.S. ballistic-missile monitoring and defense asset completed trials in December off the coast of San Diego. The USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM-25) was built by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, as a replacement for the...

  • Naval Institute Foundation - Top Naval Institute Supporters of 2013

    The Naval Institute enjoys the support of thousands of donors who made 2013 the Foundation’s best year ever. Our special thanks to the record number of individuals whose...

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

    Although in his 50s when war came to America in December 1941, Dr. Samuel Eliot Morison was determined to play a role. A professor at Harvard at the time, he joined many of his...

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    ’T is good to sail upon the sea!’ 

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    By Lieutenant Colonel Jason Cooper, U.S. Air Force and Lieutenant Colonel Mike Jernigan, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Marine Corps’ ability to adapt to the challenges of the day have proven arm-chair strategists wrong for decades, and the service’s contribution to the next fight will continue the tradition.
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    By Major Chris Niedziocha, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Australian Defence Force is overhauling its amphibious capabilities—and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have much to learn from its assessment process.

    As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the U....

  • In Search of the Standard Answer
    By Captain Edward H. Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    For underwater and aerial unmanned systems to achieve interoperability, common standards must be implemented.

    The expression “plug and play” is the military community’s favored way to...

  • In Defense of Taking Risks
    By Commander John A. Craig, Royal Navy
    Commanding officers are getting the message that they cannot afford to make any tactical mistakes. But encouraging a ‘climate of risk avoidance’ could have hazardous long-term results for the U.S. Navy....
  • Organize to Win
    By Colonel David M. Monroe, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, with Michael J. Moskowitz
    Because geographic location does not equate to operational relevance, the U.S. Marine Corps needs to reshuffle its components to stay connected with the Navy.

    The Marine Corps currently has nine geographic...


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