Proceedings Magazine - January 2017 Vol. 143/1/1,367

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The Information Warfare Community should apply lessons from the Navy’s defeat at the World War II Battle of Savo Island to stay ahead of potential adversaries.




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    As has been our tradition since 2000, we feature additional surface warfare coverage in the January issue. This year we have a strong lineup of solid content. In addition to six features in the article well, surface warfare issues are addressed...

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  • In Charge
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