Proceedings Magazine - January 2016 Vol. 142/1/1,355

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Surface warfare is honing its training-and-tactics edge to make ‘warfighting first’ the new normal.

Facing a rising tide of capable, potential...



  • Editor's Page

    A year ago in these pages, Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, Commander of Naval Surface Forces, along with coauthors Rear Admiral Peter Fanta and Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao, introduced the concept of “...

  • Now Hear This - Improving Wargaming Is Worthwhile—and Smart
    By Peter P. Perla

    Over the past year, the Department of Defense has experienced a high-level reawakening of interest in wargaming. The Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense triggered this rebirth in a series ...

  • From the Deckplates - High Trust, High Engagement
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Each new year provides the opportunity to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. As we begin 2016, we should strive toward building high-trust organizations. The alternative has a disturbing cost...

  • Charting a Course - How to Make Flag
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    There are those among us who wish for achievement greater than command at sea. Perhaps you would like to be one of these persons? Though many flag officers would prefer for you to ...

  • 'We Are Headed in the Right Direction'

    An Interview with Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, U.S. Navy

    The commander of U.S. naval surface forces talked recently in the Pentagon with USNI News Editor Sam LaGrone about surface action groups and adaptive force packages, the two main...

  • Retaining Our Most Talented. . . to Fight and Win
    By Captain Brad Cooper, U.S. Navy
    When the surface warfare community says, ‘People are our most important weapon system,’ it means it, and actions being taken today will retain the top warfighters and leaders of tomorrow.


  • Flash Mob in the Shipping Lane!
    By Commander Timothy McGeehan and Commander Douglas Wahl (Retired), U.S. Navy

    2015 Mine Warfare Essay Contest Winner, Sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association

    Developing ‘flexible, scalable, and agile’ minefields could ensure the U.S. Navy’s dominance in contested waters...
  • The Well-Educated Officer
    By Captain William R. Bray, U.S. Navy
    The heavy emphasis on STEM courses for undergraduates ignores the importance of a general-education curriculum, which is crucial for the long-term success of naval officers.

    Within two years of graduating...

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    The Naval Institute enters the new year with the outstanding support of our Members and a positive record of accomplishments for 2015. First, when I speak of you, the Members, membership is up for the ...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Technical Expertise Requires Its Own Career Path

    (See J. W. D. Kurtz, p. 12, December 2015 Proceedings...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - Why I Chose Surface Warfare
    By Ensign James Thomas, U.S. Navy

    “You want to do what?!? No one wants to go SWO [surface warfare officer]. I promise, you’ll either change your mind or only do SWO as a last resort.” I still distinctly remember this reaction...

  • 'Tactical Excellence by Design'
    By Rear Admiral Jim Kilby, U.S. Navy
    Surface warfare is honing its training-and-tactics edge to make ‘warfighting first’ the new normal.

    Facing a rising tide of capable, potential adversaries, the U.S. Navy’s surface force...

  • Lessons Learned for Maritime Combat
    By Captain Fred Pyle, Lieutenant Commander Mark Cochran, and Lieutenant Commander Rob McFall, U.S. Navy
    The surface Navy is ‘outgunned and sensor-deficient’—among other problems. Here’s how to boost our warfighting strength.

    The surface Navy has a proud tradition of warfighting...

  • Rethinking Survivability
    By Lieutenant Commander Ryan Hilger, U.S. Navy
    The Navy needs a fresh approach as it assesses how current and future ship classes will hold up structurally against evolving weaponry.

    In April 2012, the Defense Department’s Director of Operational...

  • The New Navy: It's Here
    By Hospital Corpsman Ryan Zieno, U.S. Navy
    For the service to flourish, older sailors must accept the differences between generations and tailor their approach to millennials.

    It’s a phrase we hear more and more as we travel the halls of our...

  • The Men Behind the Machines
    By Milan Vego
    As history has proven, new technological developments can only do so much—the importance of the human element in warfare cannot be discounted.

    Proponents of new technologies often make assertions,...

  • Book Reviews

    Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier’s Memoir

    General John R. Galvin, U.S. Army (Retired). Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 2015. 517 pp. Index. $39.95.
    Reviewed by...

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    How to Handle the Freedom: Part II

    By Commander Dale Heinken, Captain Robert Butt (Retired), and Lieutenant George Kunthara, U.S. Navy

    It is well known that shiphandling is a blend of art and science. The...

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    By Don Walsh

    Global warming is a reality and has been for some time. The average atmospheric temperature today is about 57° Fahrenheit and increasing. To arrest this trend, the international community ...

  • World Naval Developments - The Chinese Military's Pending Three-Way Split
    By Norman Friedman

    In November 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced sweeping changes in the Chinese military, foreshadowed in his earlier speech at the September celebration of the victory over Japan ...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On the night of 13 November, France suffered its worst terrorist attack since World War II. Less than a week later, the French navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle sailed from her home port in Toulon to the...

  • Lest We Forget - The Sages of Niobrara
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Eunice Sage was proud of her three sons, all serving in the Navy. She was happy that they were together but concerned that their serving in the same ship could have consequences she refused to think about....

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