Proceedings Magazine - May 2014 Vol. 140/5/1,335

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In the hands of adversaries, long-range strike systems could drastically alter the conduct of war at sea.

The constant evolution of military technology has...



  • From the Deckplates - ‘Turn To’ on Core-Leadership Principles
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy, Retired

    The U.S. maritime services enjoy proud individual and shared histories. In spite of more than 200 years of challenges, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have a legacy of...

  • A Star is Born The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 1874 – 1879
    Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    During my years as Chief of Naval Operations, 1978 – 1982, I had the great privilege and pleasure of serving concurrently as President of the U.S. Naval Institute’s Board of Control. By then, the Institute’s flagship journal...

  • Digitizing Proceedings
    Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), Chair of the Board of Directors

    It is my privilege, on behalf of the Board, to inform all U.S. Naval Institute Members that Proceedings has turned one of the most important pages in its celebrated 140 years of publication. All issues of the journal have now been...

  • Now Hear This - What Navy Holiday?
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When I read James Holmes’ provocative piece “Yes, the U.S. Navy’s Been on a Strategic Holiday” (The Diplomat, 16 January 2014), I instinctively...

  • Forging a Global Network of Navies
    By Admiral Jonathan Greenert and Rear Admiral James M. Foggo III, U.S. Navy
    As the world becomes more complex and the oceans less secure, we are compelled to strengthen the bonds of international maritime cooperation.

    The United States of America maintains the largest maritime...

  • Christened by Champagne, Challenged by Cost
    By Captain J. Talbot Manvel Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) and David Perin
    Despite price-tag increases, the new Ford-class carriers won’t be a boondoggle, but a boon—because ultimately, bigger = more bang for the buck.

    On 9 November 2013 the nation’s...

  • Rethinking the Future Fleet
    By Captain Arthur H. Barber III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The U.S. Navy has no overall requirements process for designing a Fleet, and it needs one—desperately.

    The Navy finds itself caught in the perfect storm between the cost constraints of the national...

  • Influence Squadrons Are Here, But Will We Use Them?
    By Captain Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy
    All the components seem to be in place to make ‘payloads over platforms’ a reality for the Navy.

    Funny thing about the future: It’s dreamed about, planned for, anticipated, and then,...

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  • Editor's Page

    Since assuming office in September 2011, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert has been an exceptionally prolific contributor to the open forum. In his remarks at the Naval Institute’s annual Meeting on 16 April, Admiral...

  • CEO Notes

    The U.S. Naval Institute Annual Meeting was held on 16 April at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., with Members and guests filling the auditorium to overflow.

  • Comment and Discussion

    Take the Long View

    (See J. Murphy, p. 10, March 2014 Proceedings)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But... - Where Have All the Naval Memoirs Gone?
    By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Nelson, U.S. Navy

    Readers of Proceedings—and more than a few commanding officers, division officers, and surface warfare officers—are familiar with the work of recently retired...

  • Sea Power in the Precision-Missile Age
    By Rear Admiral Walter E. Carter Jr., U.S. Navy
    In the hands of adversaries, long-range strike systems could drastically alter the conduct of war at sea.

    The constant evolution of military technology has driven continuous change in the character of...

  • Mind the Gaps
    By Admiral Bill Gortney and Admiral Harry Harris, U.S. Navy
    The Readiness Kill Chain helps the Navy bridge Fleet challenges and ensure its forward-deployed forces are mission ready.

    Our job as fleet commanders is to provide the United States with ready, forward-...

  • Modernize Aegis for Naval Dominance
    By John F. Morton
    Missile-defense capabilities on board U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers can be updated in the future without the requirement to build new ships.

    The surface Navy has a strong argument that the Department...

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    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the May 2014 issue of Proceedings.

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

    “Over the last year, we were on station in the Pacific to deal with provocative North Korean actions,” Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert wrote in his foreword to the Navy Program Guide 2014. “We pa...

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

    The funding storm clouds on the horizon for the Department of Defense in 2012 came to fruition with the fiscal crisis of 2013. With Congress unable or unwilling to take action on a workable federal budget, all U.S. government agencies were...

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

    In 2013, the U.S. Marine Corps continued operations in Afghanistan, even as they performed their traditional role as the nation’s expeditionary crisis response force in other parts of the globe. In historic terms, however, their most...

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

    The year 2013 brought increased challenges to the Coast Guard as the service sought to balance a declining budget with increasing operational demand. Sequestration and other budget control actions forced a $295 million cut to the service’s...

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

    The year 2013 will go down in maritime annals as one of extraordinary contradictions, with optimism finally dislodging the melancholic recent past. This is not to imply that the maritime sector is on tranquil waters or that we are on another...

  • Book Reviews

    Mayday: The Decline of American Naval Supremacy

    Seth Cropsey. New York: Overlook Duckworth, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc., 2013. 336 pp. Map. Illus. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Commander T. J. Zerr, U.S. Navy...

  • Professional Notes

    For Combined Regional Force Allocation, Look Again to NATO

    By Lieutenant Commander Mark Lawrence, U.S. Navy

    In his March 2013 Proceedings article, “Strategic Cooperation: Everybody...

  • U.S. Navy - Counting Warships
    By Norman Polmar

    At times during the past couple of years, U.S. carrier battle groups have been forward deployed for nine- and ten-month periods. Now the Navy plans to “lock in” eight-...

  • Oceans - Mining the Oceans: Facts and Fictions
    By Don Walsh

    Mining the ocean floor for valuable mineral resources is not particularly new. Mineral resources from sand and gravel deposits to diamonds have been harvested for some time. A rich...

  • World Naval Developments - Keeping Putin in Check
    By Norman Friedman

    In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine, and in the process may have ignited a smaller-scale version of the Cold War. Putin has famously said that the...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 5 April the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest littoral combat ship into the Fleet. The USS Coronado (LCS-4) is the second of the Independence class to enter service, joining older sister Independence and two units of...

  • Lest We Forget - Black Sea Express
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Wanting to get a closer look at Russian activities in the Sea of Azov, an extension of the Black Sea that penetrated Russian territory, Vice Admiral Newton McCully embarked in the...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘Practice is the best of all instructors.’ 

    — Publilius Syrus (c.85–43 BC)

    The 20-mm gun crew of a PT boat engages in aerial gunnery practice during...


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