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But no matter how sound the strategy, it will be toothless without the proper forces to execute it. Retired Navy Captain Robert C. Rubel offers his assessment of what Navy leaders must do to preserve the service’s longtime trademark forward presence as the number of ships in the Fleet continues to dwindle. In the process, he warns against trying “to reconcile difficult dilemmas via creative semantics” and believes that “some straight talk on forward presence” is needed lest planners “fool themselves into thinking particular force levels can do things they really cannot.”

It is our great pleasure to announce the Naval Institute’s 2014 Authors of the Year for Proceedings , Naval History , and the Naval Institute Press. Proceedings has selected Captain Arthur H. Barber III, U.S. Navy (Retired), as its Author of the Year for his articles “ Rethinking the Future Fleet ” (May) and “ We Must Own Access ” (December). Captain Barber has a long and distinguished Navy career, first on active duty as a surface warfare officer and subsequently as a Senior Executive Service civilian. He was most recently the Navy’s chief capability analyst as the Deputy Director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Assessment Division.

Charles E. Brodine Jr. has been chosen as Naval History ’s Author of the Year for his article “ War Visits the Chesapeake ” (October), which brought the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay theater to life. The Naval Institute Press has named Captain Bernard Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired), as its Author of the Year for his collection of work, The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy Enters the Twenty-First Century (First and Second Editions, 2001 and 2010, respectively) and Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters (2013). The Great Wall at Sea was selected for the CNO’s Navy Reading Program. Captain Cole teaches at the National War College in Washington, D.C. Bravo Zulu to all our winners!

Paul Merzlak , Editor-in-Chief



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