Editor's Page

July 2015
When weighing U.S. military capabilities against those of peer competitors or regional troublemakers, we tend to look at the hard numbers first: personnel, ships, aircraft, tanks, etc. That’s easy; it’s ...

Next Exit: Joint Information Environment

By Commander John M. Dahm, U.S. Navy
July 2015
2015 Information Dominance Essay Contest Winner, Sponsored by HPassume an information environment that has characterized the battlefields of Southwest Asia. While these present-day threats may be indicative of the most ...
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 11 January 1862

Lest We Forget - ‘They Died So Hard’

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2015
On 20 November 1861, an unusual flotilla got under way from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Flags flew along the shore, crowds cheered in wild encouragement, and windows rattled along the waterfront ...
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Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
July 2015
On 23 May the first of a new class of air-warfare destroyers, the Hobart, was launched in South Australia. Intended to provide advanced fleet air defense for the Royal ...
U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy - The New Approach to Mine Warfare

By Norman Polmar
July 2015
With the advent of reliable unmanned systems, the U.S. Navy’s approach to mine countermeasures (MCM) is evolving from surface ships, helicopters, and explosive-ordnance disposal (EOD) teams—the “MCM Triad”—directly hunting and ...
U.S. Navy

Professional Notes

July 2015
Training and Readiness on the CheapBy Commander David Dees and Lieutenant John Horn, U.S. NavyScheduled training exercises, while valuable, are a luxury only offered to those who have ...

Book Reviews

July 2015
The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in AsiaJames Bradley. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015. 384 pp. Notes. Index. $35.Reviewed by Captain Fred W ...
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The Man Behind the Art

By Fred Schultz
July 2015
Underlying all the ideals he held dear—foremost among them strong faith, family first, love of country, generosity, concern for his fellow man—Tom W. Freeman simply always set out to do ...
U.S. Navy (Ty C. Connors)

Rethinking Retirement

By Brigadier General Raymond E. Franck, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
July 2015
Retired Marine Corps Major General Arnold Punaro, former Senate Armed Services Committee staff member, has voiced concerns about current retirement practices in the military. “The military pays some retirees for ...
U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin

The Face of Battle in the Information Age

by Lieutenant Commander DeVere Crooks, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Mateo Robertaccio, U.S. Navy
July 2015
The U.S. Navy is entering a new era of naval warfare hinging on tactics and technologies untested in combat. As we execute our mandate to “deter aggression and, if deterrence ...

CEO Notes

July 2015
The Naval Institute staff, Board of Directors, Trustees, and I continue to develop an updated strategic plan for the Institute. The project is exciting, and I am always impressed by ...
U.S. Navy (Adam Austin)

From Readiness to Resiliency

By Lieutenant Commander Brian A. Evans, U.S. Navy, and Pratik Joshi
July 2015
Minutes later, the ship’s tactical action officer (TAO) receives a report of multiple incoming ASCMs on multiple vectors. He immediately gives the order to launch a salvo of standard missiles ...

Charting the 'Invisible Terrain'

By Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, U.S. Navy
July 2015
Throughout history, military forces have relied on swift tactics to engage and defeat the enemy. This concept evolved over time from simple plans for foot soldiers to the complex, dynamic ...
U.S. Navy (Greg Adams)

Special - ‘I Was Made for This’

By Lieutenant Commander Greg Adams, U.S. Navy
July 2015
At 0617 on 28 December 2014, Air-Asia flight QZ8501 traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore disappeared from radar. Later that morning, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) was ...
U.S. Navy

The Deadly Future of Littoral Sea Control

By Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S. Navy
July 2015
The U.S. Navy is building a fleet that is not adapted to either the future mission set or rising threats. It is being built centered around aircraft carriers and submarines ...
U.S. Navy (Andrew Schneider)

Maintenance, Modernization & Modules

By Captain Robert N. Hein, U.S. Navy
July 2015
On 17 October 2014 the U.S. Navy’s oldest warship, the USS Constitution, got under way ahead of a three-year maintenance period.1 Unlike other surface combatants entering shipyards in the ...
U.S. Navy

Keeping Our Asymmetric Edge

By Representative J. Randy Forbes
July 2015
Among the powers that the U.S. Constitution grants to Congress is the authority to “provide and maintain a Navy.” Like most of the words in the Constitution, those verbs were ...
U.S. Navy (Nathan Wilkes)

From the Deckplates - Shake Things Up on the Yard

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2015
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is leading change. He has made or recommended modifications in everything from general military training to paternity leave. He is influencing changes to career-intermission ...

Comment & Discussion

July 2015
People Development is Key to Acquisition(See J. E. Colvard, p. 10, June 2015 Proceedings)John C. Tomlin, Human Resources Director (Retired), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division—Dr. Colvard ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

July 2015
‘Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.’ Christopher Columbus (c. 1451–1506)The 74-gun ship-of-the-line USS Delaware, Captain Henry E. Ballard in command, “near the ...

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