Editor's Page

December 2015
Often the debates that take place in these pages are over force structure or procurement plans, over ship architecture or the role of ethics in leadership. But sometimes we like ...

CEO Notes

December 2015
This month, the Naval Institute takes pride and great pleasure in publishing the new, illustrated edition of The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise. The work—hardcover, 9” ...

Comment & Discussion

December 2015
Admirals (and Generals) for Life(See D. Crowder, p. 10, November 2015 Proceedings)Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith, U.S. Navy (Retired)—I could not disagree more with Vice Admiral Crowder’s “plea” ...
U.S. Navy (Sean Spratt)

From the Deckplates - Welcome to the Debate

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2015
Hallelujah! The Enlisted Essay Contest has returned after a long absence, and it attracted a huge and diverse group of writers. Each submission was judged on its own merits without ...
U.S. Navy (L. A. Preston)

Charting A Course - Sister-to-Sister

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2015
In 1993, Congress repealed the law banning women from service in combat ships. Since then, the Navy has worked toward a seamless integration of men and women into ships, squadrons, ...
Ria Novosti

'Geopolitical Icebergs'

By David P. Auerswald
December 2015
To use a polar metaphor, the Arctic Council has been a pristine ice mass floating above the waves. Underneath that cooperative veneer, however, lies a series of potentially dangerous geopolitical ...
U.S. Navy

Defending Polar Access

By Lieutenant Commander David C. Sandomir, U.S. Navy
December 2015
While there are hopeful signs of cooperation in the Arctic, the current geopolitical landscape underwriting national interests of Arctic and non-Arctic nations may precipitate more conflict than cooperation. An ambitious ...
Courtesy of the White House

More Assets for The Arctic

By Captain Lawson Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
December 2015
By any measure 2015 was a challenging and highly successful year for U.S. Coast Guard polar operations and the nation’s two polar icebreakers, the USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) and Healy ...
Courtesy of Author; Base Map of Ice Extent Courtesy of NASA

Special - A Mechanism for Arctic-Crisis Response

By Paul Arthur Berkman and Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2015
The High North is opening to the world. In April the United States began its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the high-level international forum for the region. President Barack ...
U.S. Navy (Corey T. Jones)

No Wake for Ares

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), and Ryan Neuhard
December 2015
The demise of Ares—the end of war—has been prematurely announced. A spate of articles and analyses have misread or misrepresented empirical conflict data, failed to frame that data in a ...
Library of Congress

Leading Outside Command

By Lieutenant Commander Jason Shell, U.S. Navy
December 2015
Major General Fox Conner’s commitment to mentorship and innovation ensured his enduring impact on military history.Two years ago, I spoke to a group of midshipmen interested in becoming Navy ...
U.S. Marine Corps (Kristofer Atkinson)

Succeeding in the Human Domain

By Sergeant Dion J. Edon Jr., U.S. Marine Corps
December 2015
The free military occupational specialty 0521 Military Information Support Operations Noncommissioned Officer (MISO NCO), or 0520 MISO Officer, is awarded after completion of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center ...
U.S. Navy (John Johnson)

Networks: The Global Component

By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2015
While the land wars in the Middle East and southern Asia wind down, the U.S. military remains engaged globally. That means it must accomplish its missions in an increasingly constrained ...
NASA (Bill Ingalls)

The 21st-Century Space Race

By Captain Tuan Pham, U.S. Navy
December 2015
We live in a world where the ubiquitous benefits of space not only affect many aspects of our everyday lives, but also almost every aspect of modern military operations. Indeed, ...

Book Reviews

December 2015
Coercion, Survival, and War: Why Weak States Resist the United StatesColonel Phil Haun, U.S. Air Force. Stanford University Press, 2015. 271 pp. Index. Notes. Append. $65.Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander ...
U.S. Navy (Abraham Essenmacher)

Professional Notes

December 2015
How to Handle the Freedom: Part IBy Commander Dale Heinken, Captain Robert Butt (Retired), and Lieutenant George Kunthara, U.S. NavyLittoral combat ships (LCSs) are undeniably fast and ...
Jasper Van Raemdonck

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
December 2015
The British Ministry of Defence has announced plans to upgrade the power plants on board 12 of the Royal Navy’s 13 Type 23 (Duke-class) general-purpose frigates. The oldest surviving member ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Surprise Attack!

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2015
Lieutenant Commander James J. Hughes, skipper of an anchored American gunboat, had just finished lunch when he was informed that a lookout on the bridge had sighted an approaching formation ...
Courtesy of George Carmany III

Naval Institute Foundation

December 2015
In His Own Words: George W. Carmany IIII grew up on eastern Long Island and in southern Florida. My family was in the resort hotel business, and I was on ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

December 2015
‘Self-trust is the essence of heroism.’Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) This painting by Charles B. Falls depicts the gallant but futile effort of Gunner’s Mate First Class Osmond K. Ingram ...
U.S. Navy/Steven Khor

'The Britain of Asia'

By Lieutenant Joshua Duran, U.S. Navy
December 2015
Any strategy built on the mantra of “doing more with less” will fail. We must do more with more. To do this at a time of austerity in our defense ...

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