Editor's Page

February 2016
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 ...

CEO Notes

February 2016
The news on the essay-contest front remains very positive. These contests are generating interest around the world in the Naval Institute and providing great content for Proceedings and the USNI ...

Comment & Discussion

February 2016
Retaining Our Most Talented . . . to Fight and Win How to Make Flag (See B. Cooper, pp. 42–48 , and K. Eyer, p. 16 , January 2016 Proceedings ...
U.S. Navy

From the Deckplates - Every Day is a Conscious Act

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2016
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. Any leader ...

Charting a Course - A Lesson in Geometry

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2016
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 ...
U.S. Navy

'A Fiscal Pearl Harbor'

By Eric J. Labs
February 2016
The Navy released its latest 30-year shipbuilding plan to Congress in April 2015. 1 The document (hereinafter referred to as the 2016 plan) described the purchases, retirements, costs, and projected ...
U.S. Navy (Jessica Bidwell)

'A Contest for Maritime Superiority'

By Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone
February 2016
The center of the new Chief of Naval Operations’ strategic vision is competition. “The idea here is: I propose that we’re in a contest for maritime superiority, and the key ...
U.S. Navy (Luron Wright)

Not Your Father's BALTOPS

By Vice Admiral James Foggo III and Lieutenant Adam Cole, U.S. Navy
February 2016
The bosun’s whistle shrieked Shift Colors. We sailed out of the harbor in Gdynia, Poland, as a unified, multinational force on a balmy morning in early June—our flagship, the USS ...
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

A Sling for Goliath

By Lieutenant John F. Tanalega, U.S. Navy
February 2016
To the United States, which for decades has been the dominant naval power in the world, China exemplifies the “near peer” rival—one that has come a long way in a ...

What Are Young Leaders Reading?

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2016
People often ask what I am reading, and I love conversations that begin that way, as they offer the chance to not only enthusiastically expound on good books—something central to ...
U.S. Marine Corps (Michelle Piehl)

Special - Warrior Blood

By First Sergeant Ernest R. Twigg, U.S. Marine Corps
February 2016
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 ...
U.S. Navy (Abraham Essenmacher)

Innovation is a Team Sport

By Commander Robert Brodie, U.S. Navy
February 2016
Factors such as standard weapon sizes, computer-aided design and machining, modular shipbuilding, better steel, new materials, and quality control have made modern industry more capable of rapidly designing and building ...
U.S. Navy (Mike Wilcox)

A New Approach to Tactical Weapon Systems

By Scott O'Neil
February 2016
In 1983, Norman R. Augustine, a former defense aerospace business leader and Under Secretary of the Army, published his light satire on corporate management, Augustine’s Laws . The book draws ...
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DOD 2.0: High Tech Is Eating the Pentagon

By Adam Jay Harrison
February 2016
On 22 April 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter joined former Secretary of Defense William Perry at Stanford University to discuss the “future of technology, innovation, and cybersecurity.” 1 Secretary ...
U.S. Navy (C. A. Hawley)

The Cycle of Leadership

By Lieutenant Matthew Farrell, U.S. Navy
February 2016
Leadership in the Sea Services is unlike leadership anywhere else. There are few more isolated places than the bridge wing of an independently deployed destroyer at night, hundreds of miles ...

Book Reviews

February 2016
The Battle for Hell’s Island: How a Small Band of Carrier Dive-Bombers Helped Save Guadalcanal Stephen L. Moore. New York: New American Library, 2015. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Notes. Index. 498 ...
U.S. Navy (Nathan Laird)

Professional Notes

February 2016
Restore Progress Through Mentoring By Captain Wayne P. Hughes Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) If our best officers are not enlightened early in their careers, they will leave the Navy to ...
U.S. Navy (J. Scott)

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
February 2016
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 ...
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Lest We Forget - Retribution

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2016
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 ...
Brian Perryman

Naval Institute Foundation

February 2016
Energy Focus Lights Up the Naval Institute 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 ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

February 2016
‘The best of prophets of the future is the past.’ Lord Byron (1788–1824) A decade before his name was forever etched in U.S. Navy history, Captain George Dewey stands on ...