Proceedings Magazine - February 2016 Vol. 142/2/1,356

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Video drones, YouTube, and tweets have fundamentally changed the 43-year-old Baltic Sea naval exercise.

The bosun’s whistle shrieked Shift Colors. We...



  • Editor's Page

    This issue marks the first Proceedings appearance by the 31st Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. We asked USNI News Staff Writer Megan Eckstein and Editor Sam LaGrone to report on...

  • Now Hear This - Greater Cooperation Is Needed Between China and the United States
    By Lieutenant James C. Billings, U.S. Navy

    Although it seems cliché to repeat that the relationship between the United States and China will be the most important of the 21st century, the fact remains that the two countries must work ...

  • From the Deckplates - Every Day is a Conscious Act
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Our actions and attitudes in fulfillment of professional responsibilities are taken consciously, and every day offers an opportunity to make conditions better for our organization and our people.


  • Charting a Course - A Lesson in Geometry
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    You have heard (and will hear) much of the so-called “detailing triad,” a metaphoric triangle with equal sides consisting of the needs of the Navy, your professional needs (which must be satisfied...

  • 'A Fiscal Pearl Harbor'
    By Eric J. Labs
    Without some shifting of priorities and tweaking of defense-spending percentages, Navy shipbuilding faces some tough hurdles ahead.

    The Navy released its latest 30-year shipbuilding plan to Congress in...

  • 'A Contest for Maritime Superiority'
    By Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone
    Early in his term, Admiral John Richardson focuses on his priorities as the top U.S. naval officer in the fleet.

    The center of the new Chief of Naval Operations’ strategic vision is competition....

  • What Are Young Leaders Reading?
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    Many of today’s junior officers are voracious book-devourers, proving that ‘leader’ and ‘reader’ are often synonymous. Their book selections amount to a dynamic, diverse library....
  • Innovation is a Team Sport
    By Commander Robert Brodie, U.S. Navy
    The Navy can reduce its shipbuilding costs by drawing inspiration from preexisting commercial techniques, but both operators and designers must be allowed to share their ideas.

    Factors such as standard...

  • DOD 2.0: High Tech Is Eating the Pentagon
    By Adam Jay Harrison
    The military and the private sector have neglected the innovative relationship between the two that won the Cold War and built the modern U.S. economy.

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  • Not Your Father's BALTOPS
    By Vice Admiral James Foggo III and Lieutenant Adam Cole, U.S. Navy
    Video drones, YouTube, and tweets have fundamentally changed the 43-year-old Baltic Sea naval exercise.

    The bosun’s whistle shrieked Shift Colors. We sailed out of the harbor in Gdynia, Poland, as a...

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    Honoring the fallen is never taboo. It is an obligation and duty to articulate our great appreciation for the service members who have gone before us. All veterans must stand in defiance of memory lapses and indifference. We must not allow our...

  • A New Approach to Tactical Weapon Systems
    By Scott O'Neil
    Simpler systems that interoperate would cut costs and improve efficiency.

    The U.S. military tends to use the same approach for developing both our strategic and our tactical...

  • The Cycle of Leadership
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    By earning trust, which builds loyalty among subordinates, commanders can ensure success.

    Leadership in the Sea Services is unlike leadership anywhere else. There are few more isolated places than the...

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    By Edward J. Walsh

    L-3 Communications Maritime Systems has started production of hybrid electric drive (HED) propulsion systems, consisting of an electric motor, motor drive, control software, and ancillary ...

  • World Naval Developments - Relevant Realignment Lessons from Across the Pond
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    Late in November 2015 the British government published the result of its 2015 defense review, the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The policy paper responds to a new security environment...

  • Combat Fleets
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    On 23 December the Indian warship Godavari, lead ship of her class, was retired from naval service. The 4,000-ton vessel was the first frigate to be designed and constructed in India, and had been operational for more than 30 years....

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    The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) moved effortlessly across the black surface of the Arabian Sea, displacing nearly 100,000 tons as she cut through the dark waters. Her great bulk disturbed millions of tiny...

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    Thanks to a generous in-kind gift from Energy Focus, the Naval Institute’s headquarters at Beach Hall are now brighter—and greener—than ever before. Just last month, the Solon...

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