Proceedings Magazine - December 2016 Vol. 142/12/1,366

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Should the Chinese escalate actions to reinforce their claims in the contested South China Sea, the U.S. Navy needs options to check their aggression.




  • Now Hear This - We Need an Effective NSC Staff
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Over the past two years, there has been a loud chorus of complaints about the Obama administration’s overly centralized decision making and the unnecessary expansion of the National Security Council staff. The White House is criticized for...

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  • Maritime Hybrid Warfare Is Coming
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  • Never Above, Always Beside
    By Sergeant Daniel Glisson, U.S. Marine Corps

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    Virtually everyone in a position of authority, from Washington to Honolulu, was culpable for being so thoroughly taken by surprise by the attack on Pearl Harbor.


  • Leadership Forum - Invest in Initiative
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    Victory at the Battle of Midway stemmed in large part from Admiral Raymond Spruance...
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    By Commander Mark Johnson, U.S. Navy

    The Navy’s standard core menu was intended to save money by reducing the need for culinary specialists (cooks) on board ships. A...

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    By Master-At-Arms Second Class Jessica R. Smedley, U.S. Navy

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  • Check China
    By Lieutenant Michael S. Proctor, U.S. Navy Reserve
    Should the Chinese escalate actions to reinforce their claims in the contested South China Sea, the U.S. Navy needs options to check their aggression.

    The People’s Republic of China (PRC) recently...

  • Networks Are the Third Offset
    By Lieutenant Colonel Vasilios E. Pappas, U.S. Marine Corps

    We must emphasize the link—networks of immediately actionable predictive information, supported by autonomous learning collaborative machines—as the next great strategic advantage over our enemies...
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    By Commander Nick Woodworth, U.S. Navy
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  • 'Leaning on that Old Whistle Cord'
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  • New Russian Navy: Part 1 - Toward Smaller Ships and Professional Sailors
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  • Book Reviews

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    In today’s digital world, the Navy faces new and dynamic challenges. It needs to prepare itself by developing leaders who understand and embrace the technology and can lead sailors to accomplish the cyber

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