Editor's Page

October 2014
The first decade-plus of the 21st century has seen its share of disasters, both man-made and natural. 9/11. Hurricane Katrina. The 2010 Haitian earthquake. The 2004 and 2011 tsunamis (the ...
U.S. Navy (James Varquez)

In Defense of Doctrine

By Commander L. Paul James III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
As a statement loosely attributed to the notebook of an unnamed Soviet junior lieutenant says, “One of the serious problems in planning to fight against American doctrine is that the ...
D. E. Conston

Naval Institute Foundation

October 2014
In His Own Words: David E. Conston, MDMy introduction to the Naval Institute was almost by chance, because I never served in the armed forces. Thanks to my father, I ...
John Fiske, The American Revolution (1896)

Lest We Forget - 'The Maddest Idea'

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
On 3 October 1775, Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island rose before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia and introduced a resolution calling for “the building and equipping of an American fleet ...
Indian Navy

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
October 2014
On 23 August India commissioned its first 3,100-ton Kamorta-class (Project 28) corvette into service. Designed primarily for antisubmarine (ASW) warfare, the 358-foot ship was built domestically by Garden Reach ...
Defense Imagery

Professional Notes

By Captain Thomas Brovarone, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
Wanted: An Agile, Low-Cost, Irregular-Warfare Surface CombatantBy Lieutenant John Goff, U.S. Navyh Burke–class guided-missile destroyer, for example, is a valuable asset prepared for an open-ocean fight against a ...

Book Reviews

October 2014
Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China SeaJames Manicom. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014. 280 pp. Notes. Index. Bibliography. $32.95.Reviewed by James ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

‘A Perfect American Victory’

By Captain Richard M. Miller, U.S. Navy
October 2014
2014 Naval History Essay Contest Winner Transformational leadership at the Battle of Vella Gulf changed the course of the Pacific War—and molded U.S. destroyer developments to this day. Leading transformative ...

Russia: Why Can't We Just Get Along?

By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
The biggest disappointment of my four years at NATO was our failure to build a good working relationship with Russia. I came in with high hopes, believing that I could ...
U.S. Navy (Eric Dietrich)

Masters or Jacks?

By Commander Henry Stephenson, U.S. Navy
October 2014
The rationale for merging four restricted-line communities under the theme of “information” in 2009 was always a bit of a stretch. After all, in what warfare area is information not ...
U.S. Navy (James Downs)

Performance Over Process

By Lieutenant Erik A. H. Sand, U.S. Navy
October 2014
On my first ship, battle drills were always the same. They began with a lookout reporting aggressive small boats off the port side. As sailors manned the machine guns, I ...

CEO Notes

October 2014
I take great pleasure in sharing with Members the new works emerging from the Naval Institute Press, books central to our mission of advancing the professional, literary, and scientific understanding ...
U.S. Navy (Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Applied Readiness

By Admiral Bill Gortney and Admiral Harry Harris, U.S. Navy
October 2014
Real-world events of the past five years have created a high operational-tempo environment, resulting in lost predictability for our sailors, families, combatant commanders, and industrial base. Carrier strike group (CSG) ...
U.S. Army National Guard (Raymond Drumsta)

In Case of Emergency

By Major Richard J. Hossfeld, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
October 2014
After Hurricane Katrina, a review found that “separate command structures for active duty military and the National Guard hindered their unity of effort. U.S. Northern Command [USNORTHCOM] commanded active duty ...
U.S. Coast Guard (David Mosley)

Looking but Not Seeing

By Lieutenant Jeff Garvey and Lieutenant Nicolas Schellman, U.S. Coast Guard
October 2014
The truth about Coast Guard patrols is that with our current tactics we cannot fully know what occurs in the maritime environment, because the mere act of going on overt ...

Connecting the Dots

By Captain Edward H. Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
Despite the abundance of sensors in ports, harbors, waterways, and along coastlines, we still don’t have the big maritime picture—because they aren’t connected. The Department of Homeland Security Science and ...
U.S. Coast Guard (Monica Leftwich)

Caught Off Guard

By Vice Admiral William Lee, U.S. Coast Guard, Lieutenant Commander Leah Cole, U.S. Coast Guard, and Joe DiRenzo III
October 2014
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was, by definition, a “strategic surprise,” and in 2012, Hurricane Sandy was a “predictable failure.” These types of events provide an opportunity for leaders and their ...
AP Photo (Phil Sears)

From the Deckplates - Win the Inside

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
Inexperienced leaders often find it challenging to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective. Teaching leadership is difficult, as much of it is an art form developed through ...

Comment and Discussion

October 2014
(Over)protecting the Navy’s Secrets?(See N. Polmar, pp. 86–87, September 2014 Proceedings)Alex J. Daverede III, Director, Production Division, National Declassification Center, National Archives and Records Administration—Having been a ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

October 2014
‘Help me, Cassius, or I sink!’William Shakespeare (1564–1616)Some 30 miles off Key West, Florida, the USS Sea Poacher (SS-406) tows disabled blimp XL-6 of Airship Development Squadron ...

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