Realizing an important strategic goal, the U.S. Naval Institute has just completed digitizing every issue of Proceedings published over 140 years. With the contents preserved electronically, they will be available to Members now and in the years to come to access, use, and enjoy.
The decade of the 1980s was a transformative one: It began with the continued ascendance of the Soviet Union and Admiral Sergei Gorshkov’s Soviet Navy. It finished with the dismantling of the Iron Curtain, the Warsaw Pact, and the Berlin Wall, and with rust forming on the Soviet Union’s newly laid-up warships. As the decade had progressed, the American people, the American government under President Ronald Reagan, and America’s Navy shook off the malaise of the 1970s and boldly challenged the Communist superpower in a plethora of domains. While those challenges proved successful, they were not without controversy and debate. Proceedings, naturally, was in the thick of it.