Proceedings Magazine - June 2014 Vol. 140/6/1,336

Cover Story
In a new age of ultra-quiet undersea acoustics, it’s high time for the U.S. Navy to revitalize a signature Cold War capability.

In early 1981, a...



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    The present squeeze on military funding is not the first such measure, nor will it likely be the last. The country has always had little trust in a standing army, and the support...

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    Officials recently revealed that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus had considered ending tobacco sales on Navy and Marine Corps installations. Members of Congress quickly balked at...

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    By Captain Wayne P. Hughes Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In this cost-constrained era, when it comes to responding to threats in dangerous coastal waters, a single-purpose ship is best suited to the task.

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  • The Pillars of Submarine Safety
    By Rear Admiral Michael Jabaley, U.S. Navy
    The U.S. Submarine Force actively applies the knowledge gained from historic incidents such as the loss of the H. L. Hunley and the USS Thresher to inform its approach toward safety.


  • The Hunt for Full-Spectrum ASW
    By Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    An antisubmarine warfare doctrine adopted U.S. Navy-wide nearly a decade ago still applies, now more than ever.

    During the Cold War, the U.S. Navy (particularly the submarine force) specialized in and...

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  • CEO Notes

    The Naval Institute is pleased to announce that the annual Prize Essay Contest will be returning to the pages of Proceedings later this year.

    The contest is a Naval Institute tradition and an important part of our history. At the...

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    Counting Warships

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    By Lieutenant Nathan Getty, U.S. Navy

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    By Lieutenant Commander Ryan Lilley, U.S. Navy
    In a new age of ultra-quiet undersea acoustics, it’s high time for the U.S. Navy to revitalize a signature Cold War capability.

    In early 1981, a ready-alert P-3C Orion launched from Naval Air Station...

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    Phil Klay. New York: The Penguin Press, 2014. 291 pp. $26.95.

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