Proceedings Magazine - November 2016 Vol. 142/11/1,365

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The Ship Self-Defense System brings a new dimension that will have an impact on nearly the entire surface fleet.

The recent success in demonstrating a new...



  • White Hulls Must Prepare for Gray Zone Challenges
    By Lieutenant Commander Craig Allen Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    2016 Coast Guard Essay Contest Winner / Sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries

    The Coast Guard is well suited for employment in gray zone environments, where interactions fall between the traditional war and peace...

  • Now Hear This - Submarine Threat Demands Trilateral Cooperation
    Lieutenant Commander Yusuke Saito, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force<p>

    North Korea successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 24 August 2016, according to the Republic of Korea military. 38 North—the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute, which is devoted to analysis of the Democratic...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Cyber Maneuver Can Stop ISIL
    Captain Clark Smith, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has grown much more powerful and dangerous than al Qaeda was before or since 11 September 2001. Its strength stems from an ability to spread its violent message and recruit globally—including...

  • us navy (joshua kelsey)
    Charting A Course - Mine Warfare Is a Navy Conundrum
    By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In October 1951, a 250-ship amphibious assault was canceled when North Korea sowed some 3,000 mines off the coast of Wonsan Harbor. In May 1988, an Iranian mine of 1908 design severely damaged the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58). In February 1991...

  • To Honor the Fallen

    He Called Me ‘Killer Instincts’

    By Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    On 26 June 2008, the Marine Corps lost one of its most selfless and inspiring officers in a suicide bombing...

  • Female Marine Leaves Lasting Legacy “Be Bold. Be Brief. Be Gone.”
    By Lt. Amy Forsythe, U.S. Navy Reserve

    Almost a decade has past since the death of U.S. Marine Maj. Megan M. McClung but her legacy continues to grow with every year since her passing in 2006.

    McClung was the first female Marine...

  • Ria Novosti (Alexei Kudenko)
    Russian Blue-Water Navy is a Pipe Dream
    Commander Daniel Thomassen, Royal Norwegian Navy
    Russia’s Naval Future: Blue-water overreach?

    Great powers need great navies—this concept was promoted by legendary Cold War Soviet Navy Admiral Sergey Gorshkov, and his strategic thinking has...

  • Leading the Rebound
    By Commanders Bob Alpigini and Patrick Jankowski and Captains Jennifer Couture and Ryan Tewell, U.S. Navy
    Rebuilding a command after a commanding officer has been relieved for cause can be difficult, but by listening to the sailors and rebuilding trust, the new leadership team can restore a culture of success.


  • Navy Ratings Sail into the Sunset


    By Command Master Chief Russ Smith, U.S. Navy and Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Pat Bly, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Expeditionary Excellence: Not Passe
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    Amphibious assault remains critical to mastering the chaos of the contested zones.

    The importance of access to the world’s littorals—once a common theme in professional naval literature—...

  • Weight the ACE for Forcible Entry
    By Captain Keith L. Hibbert, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) requires a fixed-wing heavy Air Combat Element (ACE) to conduct forcible entry in depth from the sea.

    Exercise Talon Reach 2014 demonstrated the Marines Corps’...

  • Leadership Forum - Make Morale Our First Priority
    By Captain David Tyler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The U.S. Navy has a morale problem. The source of the problem is institutional.1 Morale has become undervalued and only superficially understood. It has a tremendous effect on readiness and is the decisive...

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  • Editor's Page

    In November each year we emphasize Marine content, in part to celebrate the Marine Corps in the anniversary month of its birthday, 10 November 1775. This issue features three

  • CEO Notes
    Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.)

    We Launched the Gordon England Chair of Professional Naval Literature

  • U.S. Navy (PO1 Steven Smith)
    Comment & Discussion

    Treat LGBT Sailors Fairly

    (See N. H. R. Heaton, p. 12, October 2016 Proceedings)

    From the Deckplates - Cultural Immersion Strengthens Partnerships
    Cryptologic Technician Second Class Grayson W. Hart, U.S. Navy <p>

    Every sailor knows the stereotypical image of the Islamic terrorist as portrayed by mass media, but how many are familiar with peaceful Islam? Can you name the five pillars of Islam, or can you more readily name five terrorist groups? Before I...

  • Setting the Defense on the Offensive
    By Commander John A. Lukacs IV, U.S. Navy
    The Ship Self-Defense System brings a new dimension that will have an impact on nearly the entire surface fleet.

    The recent success in demonstrating a new antisurface warfare (ASUW) capability within the...

  • Contest the Gray Zone
    By Lieutenant Colonel Randy Pugh, U.S. Marine Corps
    The U.S. Navy needs a strategy for resolving conflicts occurring in the murky zone between law enforcement and conventional warfare, or it risks losing without fighting.

    Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and...

  • U.S. Marine Corps Resources

    Click on the links below to download or open a PDF of these resources from the November 2016 issue of Proceedings.


  • Book Reviews

    The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

    H. W. Brands. New York: Doubleday, 2016. 448 pp. Notes. Photos. Illus. $30.

    Reviewed by D. M. Giangreco

  • Professional Notes

    Send Only Gator SWOs to Expeditionary Warfare School

    By Whit Abraham

  • World Naval Developments - What Would Deter North Korea's Nuclear Weapons?
    By Norman Friedman<p>

    In August, the North Korean ballistic missile test submarine, Gorae, successfully fired a missile—designated by the North Koreans as Polaris-1 but by the United States as KN-11—to a range of 500 km. Because it followed a lofted...

  • Combat Fleets
    Eric Wertheim

    In July, France bid farewell to one of its most famous combat aircraft with an official retirement ceremony for its last Super Étendard fighter-bomber. In service with the French fleet since 1978, these veteran jets had operated...

  • Oceans - America's Marine Highway—The Fast Lane?
    By Don Walsh

    Historically, coastal and inland shipping was the earliest means of moving relatively large amounts of goods among population centers. The latter was reliable and safe when land road networks did not exist or were primitive. The relative ease of...

  • Lest We Forget - Doug Roberts—Shipmate
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I met Doug Roberts at a critical moment, when I was young and beginning to think seriously about what I was going to do with my life. The fact that he was a fictitious lieutenant on a fictitious ship in a war that


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