Proceedings Magazine - June 2015 Vol. 141/6/1,348

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Digitizing Proceedings

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



  • Editor's Page

    As readers of this journal know, concern has been growing for several years now over the increasing naval capabilities of various peer competitors and the anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD)...

  • Now Hear This - People Development is Key to Acquisition
    By James E. Colvard

    Schedule delays and cost overruns have long plagued U.S. Navy acquisition programs. Attempts to deal with these issues have nearly always involved the nature of contracts used to buy things ...

  • From the Deckplates - A Sense of Privilege or Service?
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A recent conversation with a shipmate included a discussion of privilege and service. Service is the ideal that as we rise in rank, we have the responsibility to use privileges to serve others....

  • Submarines: Key to the Offset Strategy
    By Rear Admiral W. J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
    As has been the case for decades, the strategic spotlight shines once again on the U.S. Navy’s subsurface force.

    On 3 September 2014 Secretary of Defense...

  • Advocating Naval Heresy
    By Captain R. B. Watts, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Is the new maritime strategy really ‘new,’ or merely a repackaging of increasingly threadbare ideas?

    In 2015 the Sea Services arrived at an important crossroads. For the first time since 2007,...

  • The Missing Link
    By Ensign Max Chomic, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Naval Special Warfare Command needs a dedicated rotary-wing aviation squadron to support its mission requirements and ensure operational...
  • From War to Peace—and Back
    By Second Lieutenant Colton Oviatt, U.S. Marine Corps

    Commander Willliam Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Winner

    After spending more than a decade fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps finds itself confronting a new enemy....
  • Submariners in Space
    By Ensign Vigneshwar Manickam, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Similarities between navigating deep sea and deep space suggest that divers and submarine sailors would make excellent astronauts....
  • A Question of Retention
    By Ensign Christopher Hein, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    One of the salient issues facing the surface fleet is figuring out how to stop losing so many of its junior officers.


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  • Comment & Discussion

    Operating in an Age of Austerity

    (See W. Melbourne, pp. 46–51, April 2015 Proceedings)


  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - Liberate the CRIC!
    By Captain Mark D. Dowd, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    In 1942, the U.S. Navy turned down Dr. Christian Lambertsen’s Amphibious Respirator Unit, which would later become the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, or SCUBA. Thank goodness...

  • Special - Challenging Times and Hard Truths: The U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 2000–09
    By Captain Fred W. Kacher, U.S. Navy

    Digitizing Proceedings

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

  • We Need an Undersea Constellation
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A U.S. effort that began during the Cold War employed a network of ships and aircraft to guard against Soviet attacks on carrier groups. We’re now starting to turn that attention below the surface.

    As the...

  • A Shaky Axis
    By Lieutenant Commander Kevin M. Moeller, U.S. Navy
    German-Italian naval ‘cooperation’ during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic provides a cautionary tale relevant to countering modern A2/AD threats in the Pacific.

    On 15 May 1945, 28 million...

  • Defeating the Nautical Cheap Shot
    By Captain Steve J. Coughlin, U.S. Navy
    The U.S. Navy must be prepared to neutralize any floating mine, the ideal asymmetric weapon for an outmatched adversary.

    On 14 April 1988, while on a routine patrol, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58)...

  • Crowdsourcing Global Defense
    By Lieutenant Commander Timothy P. McGeehanand Commander Douglas T. Wahl, U.S. Navy
    To maximize NATO’s defense dollars, the United States must emphasize interoperability—no matter how small a partner-nation’s contribution.

    With the rise of globalization, the United States and...

  • Book Reviews

    First SEALS: The Untold Story of the Forging of America’s Most Elite Unit

    Patrick K. O’Donnell. Boston: DaCapo Press, 2014. 288 pp. Ilus. Index. Notes. $25.99.

    Reviewed by David Mattingly

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    So You’re Going to Be Chief of Staff

    By Captain Paul Stader, Captain Bill Parker, and Captain Cathal O’Connor, U.S. Navy

  • Naval Systems - Work Under Way on High-Speed Ship-to-Shore Craft
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Textron Marine Systems is acquiring long-lead materials needed to start construction of two ship-to-shore connector (SSC) craft, the third and fourth in a program that will deliver 73 vessels to...

  • World Naval Developments - Russia Eyeing the Nuclear Option?
    By Norman Friedman

    On 9 May the Russians celebrated the 70th anniversary of their victory over Germany. Their leaders increasingly present it as a solo performance virtually unassisted by the Western Allies, indeed a...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    This spring, Italy placed orders for its ninth and tenth guided-missile frigates of the Carlo Bergamini class. Built under the Franco-Italian FREMM program (Fregata Europee Multi-Missione), the two new warships are expected for delivery...

  • Lest We Forget - MSBs on the Long Tau
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For the Americans it was the day after Valentine’s Day, 1967; for the Vietnamese it was the end of the Lunar New Year holiday known as Tet, in the Year of the Goat.

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Appreciation: Betty Carney Taussig

    Naval Institute Commodore Betty Taussig died in Annapolis on 27 April 2015 at age 94. She was a talented artist and gardener, and a passionate advocate of military survivors. She was the widow of...

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