Proceedings Magazine - December 2014 Vol. 140/12/1,342

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Digitizing Proceedings

Realizing an important strategic goal, the U.S. Naval Institute has just completed digitizing every...



  • Editor's Page

    Last month marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Our erstwhile adversary the Soviet Union would disappear a few years later as well. For the next decade, the United States enjoyed the unique...

  • Now Hear This - Where Are the Citizen Soldiers?
    By Second Lieutenant Will McGee, U.S. Marine Corps

    In the decades before 1914, European militaries became increasingly distanced from their civilian populations and refused to adapt to changing methods of warfare. Today the U.S. military is in a similar position, as we have grown apart from the...

  • From the Deckplates - Enlisted Training Should Also Be Education
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 5 November 2014, Navy Times reported that Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert had addressed the time it takes to train enlisted personnel. He is right. We have several very long A-schools, sailors’ initial...

  • The Putin–Roosevelt Connection
    By Captain Thomas R. Fedyszyn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    TR and the current Russian president, both pugnacious men of action, share remarkable similarities—particularly regarding their navalistic approach to international diplomacy.


  • Lessons in Stoic Leadership
    By Ensign Jesse Burroughs, U.S. Navy

    2014 Leadership Essay Contest Winner
    Made possible by the generous support of Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International

  • CEO Notes

    The Naval Institute’s Editorial Board met on 4 November and selected the winners of the 2014 Leadership Essay Contest. The contest is sponsored by Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI...

  • Once Again . . . A Moment Ripe for Change
    By Vice Admiral Bill Moran, U.S. Navy
    Mindful of social and economic trends, the time may be right to engage in a fresh debate on military personnel policies—a discussion focused on quality not just quantity.


  • More Maritime Strategists—Now
    By Captain Mark Hooper and Commander Tuan Pham, U.S. Navy
    By taking steps to invest in its strategic thinkers, the Navy will be better prepared to respond to future challenges.

    This past June at the 2014 Current Strategy...

  • We Must Own Access
    By Captain Arthur H. Barber III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    To win the A2/AD challenge, the U.S. Navy must be prepared to best an adversary in the battles for information dominance, bases, undersea superiority, and precision strikes.

    The United States is still the...

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  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Maritime Patrol Needs Flying Warrants and Super JOs
    By Lieutenant Doug Marsh, U.S. Navy

    When I first joined Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4), the rank of chief warrant officer suggested little more to me than a pair of collar devices sporting a peculiar set of colors. Shortly thereafter, I found myself sitting in the wardroom next to one...

  • Special - Rise and Fall of a Seven-Ocean Fleet: The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1940–49
    By James D. Hornfischer

    Digitizing Proceedings

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

  • The Crimean Question and NATO Strategy
    By John C. K. Daly
    Russia has seized Crimea and is pumping resources into the Black Sea Fleet.
  • Russia's Navy in Search of a Mission
    By Andrei Martyanov
    From carrier-centric aspirations to LST-purchase boondoggles, Russian naval thinking needs to emerge from its ‘doctrinal fog.’

    It has been 23 years...

  • 'When to Hazard the Fleet'
    By Commander Daniel Dolan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Placing a U.S. Navy carrier in the Persian Gulf is a high-risk strategy and a cause for concern among more conservative naval planners.

    As a better peace in the...

  • Reinvest in the DOD Workforce
    By Rear Admiral Mike Moran, U.S. Navy, and Scott O'Neil
    To maintain readiness despite current budget challenges, Navy warfare centers and laboratories must split assignments with industry more evenly.

    Many challenges...

  • Book Reviews

    I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir

    James Webb. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. 400 pp. Illus. Index. $27.

    Reviewed by Colonel Dick Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    In I Heard My...

  • Professional Notes
    By Lieutenant Commander Edward H. Erwin, CHC, U.S. Navy

    Antifragility, Asymmetry, and All-Hazards Capability Development

    By Commander Michael Hallett, U.S. Navy Reserve

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

    Because of the high—potentially budget-busting—costs of the Ohio (SSBN-726) replacement program, alternatives to U.S....

  • Naval Systems - Zumwalt Air-Defense Radar Set for Lightoff
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), combat-systems integrator for the Zumwalt (DDG-1000) destroyer, which now is nearing completion at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The U.S. Navy has begun taking deliveries of RAM Block II, the newest variant of Raytheon’s ship-launched rolling-airframe missile (RAM). This enhanced point-defense surface-to-air missile provides a 50-percent increase in effective...

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

    Clad in service dress blues with heels, Lieutenant (junior grade) Ann Darby Reynolds sat in the gloom of a C-130 Hercules, squashed between two soldiers. In her left hand she held a paper cup to...

  • Be an Unselfish Leader
    By Captain James P. Donovan, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    2014 Leadership Essay Contest Honorable Mention
    Made possible by the generous support of Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International

  • Three Letters Make the Difference: Failing Is Not Failure
    By Captain Rafiel D. Warfield, U.S. Marine Corps

    2014 Leadership Essay Contest Second-Place Winner
    Made possible by the generous support of Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International

  • Comment & Discussion

    It’s Not So Easy Being Green

    (See J. A. Corlett, pp. 56–61, November 2014 Proceedings)

  • World Naval Developments - On the Radar at Euronaval
    By Norman Friedman

    Among several new items on display at this year’s Euronaval show in Paris were active-array radars. Active electronically steered radars (AESAs) have been available for some time; the new...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: VADM John M. Bird, USN (Retired)

    I first joined the Naval Institute as a Naval Academy Midshipman in the early 1970s. My father was a career naval officer—Civil Engineer Corps—and a longtime Institute Member...

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    ‘The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold.’

    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)...


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