Proceedings Magazine - July 2016 Vol. 142/7/1,361

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Despite the usual ‘ups, downs, and learning moments,’ littoral combat ships already are demonstrably proving to be assets in the Asia-Pacific.




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    By Captain Travis Grell, U.S. Marine Corps
    There is a dangerous disconnect between Marine aviation readiness levels and calls for increased mission versatility; ‘something has to give.’

    Marine aviation fell short of its intended...

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    Artificial-intelligence weapon systems bring long-feared legal and ethical dilemmas to life, but we are better prepared to meet those challenges than we believe.

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  • Close the Counter-UAS Gap
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    Marine operations—and Marines’ lives—demand the development of counter-unmanned-aircraft weapon systems, sensors, and forces now....
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    Both the 2015 National Security Strategy and 2015 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy state that the United States desires to “deter” or “prevent” China from using cyberspace to conduct malicious activity. To achieve...

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    As editor of Proceedings, you had better like every issue the magazine team produces, or you should go home. This issue, the fourth in my second tour as editor, is one the Proceedings team is particularly impressed with for the...

  • CEO Notes

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    USNI News continues its remarkable growth, reaching yet another significant milestone in June. The site surpassed 20 million page views since it launched in February 2013. The ever-expanding audience is attracted to...

  • Comment & Discussion

    A Second Revolt of the Admirals?

    (See K. Eyer, p. 16, June 2016 Proceedings)

    Frank Morgan—I served as a...

  • Now Hear This - Has U.S. Lost the Electromagnetic Spectrum?
    By Dr. J. Phillip London

    Battles for electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) will be the first of any future war.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - Schedules Too Tight to Fail Threaten Readiness
    By Lieutenant William Guglielmo, U.S. Navy Reserve

    How the Navy’s current high operational tempo affects the near- and long-term health of ships and sailors is the subject of many speeches and studies. All of these issues are undoubtedly challenges in the face of sustained naval operations...

  • From the Deckplates - Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure Teams Need More Time to Train
    By Senior Chief Lance M. Connolly, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy’s visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) teams do not get adequate time for training needed to effectively accomplish their high-risk mission. The Navy should create designated VBSS teams and attach the units to deploying...

  • Charting A Course - The Fat Man Sang . . . But the DOJ and Media Keep Playing
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Leonard Glenn Francis, President and CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), was arrested in September 2013, following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation. He pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in January 2015. GDMA serviced...

  • LCS Delivers
    By Admiral Scott H. Swift, U.S. Navy
    Despite the usual ‘ups, downs, and learning moments,’ littoral combat ships already are demonstrably proving to be assets in the Asia-Pacific.

    Today, littoral combat ships of the Freedom...

  • Employ the Independence Class in Amphib Ops
    By Captain Pete Pagano, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    By virtue of her large flight deck and capacious mission bay, the Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) is uniquely capable of undertaking small-scale amphibious operations and related support missions in the littoral. Some...

  • Replace the PCs
    By Captain Tom Shultz, U.S. Navy

    During World War II, PT boats met the enemy up close and at greater frequency than any other surface vessels.1 Their size, speed, maneuverability, shallow draft, and versatility allowed them to attack enemy...

  • Employ DOD's Sexual Assault & Response Weapons
    By Commander Timothy P. McGeehan, U.S. Navy
    In its fight against sexual assault, the military has unique tools in its kit; it is time to use them.

    Sexual assault is a serious issue affecting our Navy. It hurts our people, undermines trust, and...

  • Opportunity for U.S.-Chinese Partnership?
    By Lieutenant Nicholas Monacelli, U.S. Coast Guard
    Amid rising tension in the South China Sea over installations on disputed islands, Beijing and Washington might find common ground—with a combined task force to combat a ‘crippling’ international crime,...
  • Special - Arleigh Burke: Leader, Ship Class, and Prologue
    By Vice Admiral John Morgan, U.S. Navy (Retired) with Captain Rick Easton, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As the first commanding officer of the Admiral’s ship, the most profound memory of my time with this naval icon was his decisive response to my question, “What’s it feel like to have a ship and an entire class of modern warships...

  • A Beautiful Friendship
    By Rear Admiral Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy (Retired)
    We must strengthen the wonderful partnership between the Italian and U.S. navies, boost our mutual strategic goals, and make the wider Mediterranean more secure.

    The March 2015 Proceedings posed...

  • Special - Intruder Returns
    By Stephen Coonts

    Naval aviation, which for me was A-6 Intruders, was the great adventure of my life. It was one of those rare instances when the reality lives up to its advanced billing. Actually, the reality was better than anything I dreamed it could...

  • Leadership Forum - Identity, Passion, and Service Are the Pillars of Leadership
    By Lieutenant Commander Robert E. Keller, U.S. Navy

    A somber voice makes a radio transmission that echoes above the gunfire: “Five wounded, one martyred.” The memorable communication was recorded on 11 May 2007 from the streets of Baghdad after Major Doug Zembiec was shot moments after...

  • Now Hear This - We've Lost Our Rudder for Fitness
    By Paul Davis

    The current discussion of Navy personnel fitness from the Chief of Naval Operations on down is timely. The practical reality of fitness in the military is to be able to perform everyday tasks with sufficient reserve for unforeseen emergencies,...

  • Book Reviews

    United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists

    Peter Bergen. New York: Crown, 2016. 387 pp. Notes. Biblio. Index. $28.00.

    Reviewed by John Nagl

  • Professional Notes

    Wargames Are for Players

    By Adam Frost

    The Department of Defense is breathing new life into wargaming.

    Since Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef) Bob Work signed his February 2016 memo challenging the...

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    Reduction in numbers of workers is a quick way to cut back operational costs. But results can be uneven with a quick fix becoming a long-term liability. The idea of reducing shipboard crew sizes is very attractive for two reasons. First,...

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