Proceedings Magazine - August 2015 Vol. 141/8/1,350

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The military needs a more comprehensive plan for assisting veterans seeking civilian employment, and that help should begin before they leave the service.




  • Editor's Page

    The strength of the Naval Institute’s open forum has always been its contributors, those who accepted the challenge to read, think, speak, and write. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. has certainly...

  • Now Hear this - Constructive, Not Disruptive, Thinking
    By Commander Harrison Schramm, U.S. Navy

    For the past year, I’ve been quietly observing the discussions among young officers in our Navy on “disruptive thinking.” I reached a tipping point when I heard a few young (and some not-so-young) officers considering the...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - The U.S. Coast Guard Must Retain Its Most Talented Officers
    By Captain Stephen Chamberlin, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Are the Coast Guard’s officer assignment and precedence-based officer promotion systems outdated? The Coast Guard, which employs some of the most talented people in government, shoulders a diverse portfolio of traditional missions and...

  • From the Deckplates - Evident and Exhaustive
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A recent Navy Times article examined disturbing advancement data for sailors assigned to the decommissioning crew of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (“Big E Sailors See Few Promotions, Many Failures” by Lance M. Bacon, 6...

  • 'You Have to Be a Good Thinker'
    An Interview with Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy

    The outgoing Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was an NROTC midshipman at Georgia Tech, a naval aviator, and skipper of a nuclear aircraft carrier, among other duties over his distinguished career. But he has also been a Proceedings...

  • The Demise of the Cutterman
    By Lieutenant Commander Brian Smicklas, U.S. Coast Guard
    Cutter service is the heart and soul of the Coast Guard’s storied legacy—so why are today’s junior officers moving shoreside?

    The U.S. Coast Guard has dramatically changed since Alexander...

  • On Becoming CAG
    By Lieutenant Roger Misso, Lieutenant Victor Allen, and Lieutenant Victoria Marum, U.S. Navy
    Junior naval aviators perceive limited opportunities to command a carrier air wing.

    As one considers naval aviation in the 21st century, a disturbing trend emerges: More than half of all career carrier...

  • Restore the Culture of Command
    By Lieutenant Barry Scott, U.S. Navy
    For the U.S. Navy to retain its most talented young officers, it must revert to its time-tested practice of entrusting them with greater responsibility.

    The U.S. Navy is an institution steeped in tradition...

  • Professional Notes

    Domestic Icebreaking Lessons for the Arctic

    By Commander William Woityra, Captain Lawson Brigham (Retired), and Commander Michael Davanzo, U.S. Coast Guard

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  • CEO Notes

    Many Members have recently spoken to me about the particularly important moment in which we find ourselves. Without getting too philosophical, there is a pervasive sentiment that now that our direct ground-combat role in the wars in Iraq and...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Advocating Naval Heresy

    (See R. B. Watts, pp. 48–53, June 2015 Proceedings)

  • Better Than When They Came
    By Lieutenant Edward Wright, U.S. Navy
    The military needs a more comprehensive plan for assisting veterans seeking civilian employment, and that help should begin before they leave the service.

    Veteran unemployment has been a longtime concern...

  • Bring on the New Workhorses
    By Commander Jay Caputo, U.S. Coast Guard
    Twenty-first-century maritime security can’t keep relying on 20th-century Coast Guard vessels; enter the offshore patrol cutter.

    Since the earliest days of the American republic, a small investment...

  • The '85 Percent Solution'
    By Scott C. Truver
    The U.S. Coast Guard’s national security cutters could be just what the service needs to meet growing requirements in the thawing northern latitudes.

    The recent sharpening focus on climate change and...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the August 2015 issue of Proceedings.


  • Updating the Joint Information Environment
    By Lieutenant Jeffrey B. Hunter, U.S. Navy
    The advanced intelligent network holds the key to maximizing the efficiency of the JIE.

    General Martin Dempsey’s initiative to create the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is rooted in the...

  • Special - 'Be Sure Everything Clicks and Clicks on Time'
    By A. Denis Clift
    Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz made it clear 70 years ago to all the U.S. Navy principals involved: The surrender ceremony on board the USS Missouri (BB-63) was to go off without a hitch.


  • Book Reviews

    The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy

    Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts. New York: Basic Books, 2015. 305 pp. Index. Notes. Illus. $29.99.

    Reviewed by Mark D....

  • U.S. Navy - Can We Afford the Fleet?
    By Norman Polmar

    In Congress, the Pentagon, various federal budget offices, and defense-study organizations, the question often being asked is: How do we pay for the future fleet being proposed by the Navy? As...

  • Naval Systems - New Shipboard Radar Hitting All Milestone
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems through the summer is continuing assembly of an engineering-manufacturing development (EMD) model of the SPY-6 air- and missile-defense radar (AMDR), which...

  • World Naval Developments - Once More into the Breach
    By Norman Friedman

    In June, the U.S. government announced that it had suffered a vast breach of computer security. The databases kept by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had been hacked, and some or all of the contents taken. Initially that seemed bad...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    This past spring India launched the Visakhapatnam, first of a new class of Project 15B guided-missile destroyers. She is being built domestically in Mumbai by the shipyard Mazagaon Dock Limited. Four of the Project 15B destroyers are...

  • Lest We Forget - ‘Firepower for Freedom’
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the early morning of 22 February 1969, a radio call from a Marine outpost just south of the so-called “demilitarized zone” in Vietnam calmly but urgently requested assistance. Steaming...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: Gordon R. England

    I decided to be more involved with the Naval Institute because it provides a very valuable service to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard . . . and the nation. It is personally rewarding for me to...

  • From Our Archive

    ‘For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”But it’s “Saviour of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot’



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