Editor's Page

Fred H. Rainbow, Editor-in-Chief, Life Member since 1976
December 2016
On 7 December the nation will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, identified as “a date which will live in infamy” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt ...
Morning Thunder by Robert Taylor ©The Military Gallery

Plenty of Blame to Go Around

By Paul Stillwell
December 2016
“No, young man. I don’t think they’d be such damned fools.” His rationale was that the Soviet Union still remained a potent threat in the Far East, so the Japanese ...
U.S. Navy, T Schumaker

Combat Fleets

Mr. Wertheim, a defense consultant in the Washington, D.C., area, is the author of the 16th edition of The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, published by the Naval Institute Press (see www.usni.org).<p>
December 2016
On 15 October the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), namesake of a new class of 15,000-ton destroyers, was commissioned into service at an historic ceremony in Baltimore. The Zumwalt and her two ...
(harley schwardon)

Now Hear This - Reservists Make Ideal Cyber Leaders

By Lieutenant Commander Sarah A. Sherwood, U.S. Navy
December 2016
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 ...
U.S. Navy (james r. evans)

Professional Notes

December 2016
Pizza! Everybody Loves Pizza, But. . .By Commander Mark Johnson, U.S. NavyThe Navy’s standard core menu was intended to save money by reducing the need for culinary specialists ...

Book Reviews

December 2016
Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the AttackSteve Twomey. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016. 384 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $30.A Matter of Honor—Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, ...
U.S. Navy (Ian W. Anderson)

Leadership Forum - Invest in Initiative

By Lieutenant John F. Tanalega, U.S. Navy
December 2016
First Prize Winner - Leadership Essay Contest Sponsored by Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI Internationalept decision making. Based on limited reconnaissance information and without breaking radio silence to seek ...
u.s. naval war college (william m. powers)

Genda Speaks to the Naval Institute

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2016
These achievements aside, Genda also had served in the Imperial Japanese Navy and played a key role in planning the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It seemed to be an ...

'Leaning on that Old Whistle Cord'

By Captain Gordon I. Peterson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2016
The first wave of Japanese carrier-based aircraft began to cross Oahu’s western coast at approximately 0740. They began their attack on U.S. Pacific Fleet ships and installations at Pearl Harbor ...

Boko Haram Is Alive

By Kirk Ross
December 2016
Traveling north from Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, through Adamawa and Borno states from 25 October to 1 November 2016, I personally interviewed nearly 100 Boko Haram victims—men and ...

CEO Notes

December 2016
We Are Launching Memoir ProgramAmong the promising new initiatives taking shape here at Beach Hall, we are excited about the impending launch of the Naval Institute Memoir Program, which will ...
2016 Fleet Week New York

DoD Can Close the Civil-Military Divide

By Lieutenant Adam Aliano, U.S. Navy, and Nate MacKenzie
December 2016
As a result, we now have a relatively small but very powerful standing force that is isolated from the majority of the American public and in which only a very ...
ALAMY (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

AI Goes to War!

By Captain Brent Droste Sadler, U.S. Navy
December 2016
Before an autonomous machine kills the first human on the battlefield, the U.S. military must have an ethical framework for employing such technology.Artificial intelligence (AI) has many peaceful uses, ...

Future Carrier Strike Is Unmanned

By Commander Nick Woodworth, U.S. Navy
December 2016
Air Wing ShortfallsToday’s air wing bears little resemblance to the one in service nearly 25 years ago during Operation Desert Storm. Into the mid 1990s, the carrier deck was full ...
AP (brennan Linsley)

Never Above, Always Beside

By Sergeant Daniel Glisson, U.S. Marine Corps
December 2016
First Prize Winner – Fall Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored with Textron SystemsI do regret that now. Even in brief moments, you taught me many things.A day in the ...
U.S. NAVY (JOHN F. WILLIAMS)

Networks Are the Third Offset

By Lieutenant Colonel Vasilios E. Pappas, U.S. Marine Corps
December 2016
Today, defense leaders are calling for a “Third Offset Strategy” to “help identify, develop, and field breakthroughs in the most cutting-edge technologies and systems—especially from the fields of robotics, autonomous ...
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Maritime Hybrid Warfare Is Coming

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2016
On a summer’s evening in the sweltering South China Sea, a coastal steamer of nearly 2,000 tons approaches a Vietnamese fishing fleet in the exclusive economic zone of .South ...

Intelligence Is Not Warfare!

By Captain William R. Bray, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2016
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity,” Orwell warned, and “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectful.”2 The language being used to justify keeping ...

Check China

By Lieutenant Michael S. Proctor, U.S. Navy Reserve
December 2016
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) recently suffered a serious embarrassment in front of an international arbitral tribunal convened under authority of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the ...

From the Deckplates - Treat Mental Health on Active Duty

By Master-At-Arms Second Class Jessica R. Smedley, U.S. Navy
December 2016
More than one-third of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans experience mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).2 These diagnoses can severely complicate transition into ...
White House (Pete Souza)

Now Hear This - We Need an Effective NSC Staff

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
December 2016
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 ...
U.S. Navy (Edward C. Mucha)

Comment & Discussion

December 2016
Spark an Intel Revolution(See A. Xenachis, pp. 38-41 October 2016 Proceedings)William Manthorpe, former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence—Lieutenant Xenachis’s thoughtful article accurately points out that “honing the art of geopolitical ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

December 2016
‘No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.’Buddha (c. 563–483 BC)No one captured the essence of the Great ...