Editor's Page

March 2016
The last decade-plus has seen its fair share of controversial weapon-system acquisition programs. Whether the littoral combat ship, the DDG-1000, the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, or the Joint ...

CEO Notes

March 2016
We recently completed our revised Strategic Plan which defined our objectives for 2016-18. Like the captain of any ship, as CEO I must evaluate how best to deploy the talent ...

Comment & Discussion

March 2016
How to Make Flag(See K. Eyer, p. 16, January 2016, and B. Hamblet and R. M. Rosenthal, pp. 8–9, February 2016 Proceedings)Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired) ...
U.S. Navy (Brian Walsh)

From the Deckplates - More, Not Less

By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2016
The United States continues to be a free and prosperous nation because young men and women volunteer for the honorable and often arduous calling of military service. They need and ...
U.S. Navy (Anthony R. Martinez)

Charting a Course - Working with Your Chief

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2016
Advice to officers, both junior and senior, is not limited to that which can be gathered from fellow officers. Rather, it is imperative that officers seek out, and carefully listen ...
Courtesy of Gerry Roncolato

Ahoy from the Zumwalt!

By Captain James Kirk, U.S. Navy
March 2016
The late Admiral Zumwalt’s words are as true today as they were when he set pen to paper in 1962, and in no place are they truer than in the ...
Lockheed Martin

The F-35's New OODA Loop

By Colonel Matthew G. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps
March 2016
‘There is a partly justified criticism that peacetime generals are always fighting the last war instead of the next one.’That sentiment, expressed in a 1937 edition of the Dallas ...
Public Domain

Igniting Our 'Greek Fire'

By Captain Mike Studeman, U.S. Navy
March 2016
Naval innovation saved Western civilization. The Byzantine Empire repulsed two monumental sieges of Constantinople by Muslims in 678 and 718, which ultimately blocked the expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate and ...
U.S. Navy (Shannon Renfroe)

The Commanders Respond

March 2016
Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal FerreiraBrazilian NavyBrazil’s geopolitical situation is directly related to the stability of South America and its strategic surroundings, which include the South Atlantic Ocean and ...
AWD Alliance

World Navies in Review

By Eric Wertheim
March 2016
This review of the world’s navies presents a snapshot of activities and developments during the past year. It is arranged by region, with nations discussed alphabetically under each subheading.Australia/AsiaThe first ...
U.S. Navy (John F. Williams)

'A Potent One-Two Punch'

By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2016
The U.S. Navy has never been more vital to America’s security and prosperity. A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS-21R) highlights this importance: “America’s Sea Services uniquely provide presence ...

Book Reviews

March 2016
How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War IIPhillips Payson O’Brien. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 640 pp. Index. Illus. Maps. $35.Reviewed ...
U.S. Navy (Marcus Stanley)

Professional Notes

March 2016
Maneuvering a DDG Safely and TacticallyBy Commander Tom Ogden, U.S. NavyThe commanding officer of a ship is ultimately responsible for the safety, well being, and efficiency of the command.1 Balancing ...
Maersk Lines

Oceans - Stormy Seas Ahead for the Big-Box Boats?

By Don Walsh
March 2016
In the mid-1950s, the advent of a global containerized cargo system forced a complete makeover of the maritime shipping industry. Ships, ports, and infrastructure that supported traditional break-bulk cargo shipping ...
Courtesy of Beverley R. Robinson Collection, U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Lest We Forget - Neversink

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2016
In 1797, the frigate USS United States was the first American warship to be launched under the naval provisions of the fledgling nation’s new Constitution. Built in time to participate ...
U.S. Naval Institue Photo Archive

From Our Archive

March 2016
‘I have always been fond of the West African proverb: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”’Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) A full 12-gun 14-inch broadside clouds ...