Proceedings Magazine - November 2014 Vol. 140/11/1,341

Cover Story
Future activity in the littorals will place high demands on MARSOC forces, requiring enhanced capabilities and training to conduct special operations in this complex...


  • Editor's Page

    On 17 October, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. became the 36th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. He takes the reins at a critical time for the Corps as it ...

  • Now Hear This - The Millennial Debate Presents a False Choice
    By Lieutenant Matthew Hipple, U.S Navy

    The misguided and stubborn come in every age group, yet the Army’s internal investigation of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s mass disclosure to Wikileaks partly attributes his duplicity to our “old” friend “...

  • From the Deckplates - Honoring Troops and Veterans
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The 11th day of the 11th month is set aside to honor our nation’s veterans. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude, not just those who went in harm’s way. All who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice and served honorably...

  • Special - 'The Challenge of Adversity': The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1930–39
    By Craig L. Symonds

    Digitizing Proceedings

    Realizing an important strategic goal, the U.S. Naval Institute has just completed digitizing every issue of Proceedings published over 140 years. With the contents preserved...

  • A 'Custom-Built' Corps
    By Major Scott Kinner, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    By breaking down the Marine Air-Ground Task Force into individual components that can be arranged and combined depending on the situation at hand, the service can better tailor any response.

    Following the...

  • A Fleet for the Unmanned Era
    By Lieutenant Colonel J. Noel Williams, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    The Navy must replenish its inventory with smaller and more numerous combatants—such as a frigate helicopter dock.

    Despite increasingly troubling technological and geopolitical trends, budget...

  • The Case for an Expeditionary Frigate
    By Captain Gordan E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The U.S. Navy has an order for a small surface combatant to fill, and it should look to the Danish navy for inspiration.

    Growing dissatisfaction from within the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense (DOD)...

  • It's Not So Easy Being Green
    By Commander James A. Corlett, U.S. Navy
    Department of Defense energy-investment decisions lack a sound foundation, putting warfighting capability at risk.

    On 26 January 2012, while visiting Buckley Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado, President...

  • Professional Notes

    Driverless Vehicles for the Marines

    By Colonel Bill Siuru, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

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  • CEO Notes

    On 18 September, the Naval Institute dedicated the Vice Admiral William D. Houser–Battle of Midway Terrace at Beach Hall. We had a wonderful turnout for the event, including Vice Admiral Houser’s widow, Jan Evans Houser, members of...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Masters or Jacks?

    (See H. Stephenson, pp. 58–63, October 2014 Proceedings)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - We Don't Really Take Care of Our People, But We Could
    By Commander David M. Ray, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Six years ago in the passenger terminal at al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, I watched a young E-3 hospital corpsman (HN) talking to the Air Force sergeant at the counter, attempting to figure out how to get into Iraq. The sergeant couldn’t figure...

  • Where Sea Meets Land
    By Major Robert S. Bunn, U.S. Marine Corps
    Future activity in the littorals will place high demands on MARSOC forces, requiring enhanced capabilities and training to conduct special operations in this complex environment.

    The littorals continue to...

  • The Intellectual Warrior
    By Earl J. Catagnus Jr.
    From 1987 to 1991, General Alfred M. Gray Jr.’s commandancy transformed the U.S. Marine Corps and made lasting contributions to the service’s culture.

    General Alfred M. Gray Jr., the 29th...

  • U.S. Marine Corps Resources

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


  • Operation Forager
    By Lieutenant Colonel James A. Finlayson, U.S. Air Force, Commander Jason M. Gustin, U.S. Navy, and Major Timothy M. Gibbons, U.S. Army
    Wresting the Marianas from the Japanese was a textbook proto-example of the current Joint Operational Access Concept—and the lessons of the Pacific war in 1944 remain relevant in the same theater today....
  • Island Chains and Naval Classics
    By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Chinese maritime strategy is steeped in the literature, ambitious in scope, long-range in its planning, and plagued by unique domestic problems.


  • Book Reviews

    China’s Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach

    Yves-Heng Lim. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. 165 pp. Notes. References. Index. $113.95.


  • U.S. Navy - The Potential Budget-Buster
    By Norman Polmar
    Part One

    Today some 50 percent of the U.S. strategic nuclear warheads are in the Navy’s 14 nuclear-propelled submarines of the Ohio class. In the near future that number could...

  • Oceans - Flying Dolphins—Literally
    By Don Walsh

    Every year hundreds of marine mammals are transported by air. This is done for a variety of purposes. While removal from their home environments and transporting is stressful for the animals, travel by air is least harmful.


  • World Naval Developments - The 'Long War' Continues
    By Norman Friedman

    The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is vivid proof that al Qaeda, which began the “long war” even before that terrible day in September 2001, is still vigorously pursuing its goals. The Islamic State is officially separate...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 28 August the Royal Navy decommissioned the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The 20,000-ton, 689-foot ship was the final survivor of three British Invincible-class vertical/short takeoff-and-landing carriers ordered in the...

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

    The following is an entry in a personal journal—called “The Log” by its author—kept by a young ensign serving as Assistant G-Division Officer in the carrier USS Independence (CVA-62), deployed to the Mediterranean...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Our Deepest Thanks

    In this month of Thanksgiving, we salute a supporter whose generosity has greatly strengthened the Naval Institute.


  • From Our Archive

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