Proceedings Magazine - February 2017 Vol. 143/2/1,368

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Cover Story

By Lieutenant Fleet Russell White, U.S. Navy

When an officer swears to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and...



  • Be Ready for 4 + 1
    By Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
    Marines and Sailors must know and train to fight the five most likely adversaries the United States will face for the foreseeable future.


  • Shift the Coast Guard to DoD
    By Jim Dolbow and Captain Jim Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Transferring the U.S. Coast Guard to the Department of Defense would enhance the service’s capabilities and the nation’s defense.


  • From the Deckplates - Silence Kills
    By Master-At-Arms Second Class Jessica R. Smedley, U.S. Navy<p>


  • Nobody Asked Me, But...NATO Is No More
    By Matthew R. Kambrod

    The singular powerful deterrent to Soviet aggression in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, is gone. While 28 nations meet regularly in Brussels, U.S. military power and will are no longer sufficient to guarantee their collective security, the very purpose...

  • Deception Is the Chinese Way of War
    By Commander Mark Metcalf, U.S. Navy (Retired)
     Chinese military interpretations of the Sun Tzu* are key to understanding their rationale for strategy and operations.
  • America's Arctic Imperative
    By Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)<p>

    During my nearly 40 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Arctic was a common thread. My first tour serving in a cutter homeported at...

  • Escalate to De-escalate
    By Mark B. Schneider

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  • The Oath Is a Sacred Covenant

    By Lieutenant Fleet Russell White, U.S. Navy

    When an officer swears to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” he is assuming the most formidable...

  • Living in TACSIT 1
    By Commander Bryan Leese, U.S. Navy
    In today’s operational environment, the Navy’s position often is known to an adversary—as this photo of the Donald Cook (DDG-75) being overflow by a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 demonstrates. Therefore, the goal...
  • Russian Navy: Part 3

    Impressive Beneath the Waves

    Russian Northern Fleet

    The modern Russian Navy, similar to its Soviet predecessor...

  • CEO Notes
    Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.) <p>Life Member and Member since 1978

    WEST 2017 Will Be a Winner

  • Now Hear This...To the New Administration: Deliver Real Changes
    By Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

    To the New Administration: Deliver Real Changes

    Reuters/Mike Segar

  • Airpower Diplomacy Is Underrated
    By Lieutenant Commander Gary Gomez, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
    The coercive impact of airpower operations—like gunboat diplomacy—can be difficult to discern.
  • Professional Notes

    Pass the Command Qualification Assessment!

    By LCDR Matt Farrell and LCDR Rob Keller, U.S. Navy

    U.S. Navy

  • From Our Archive
    Orville Wright (1871-1948)

    “The airplane stays up because it does not have time to fall.”

  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

    Why “Lest We Forget”

    U.S. Navy (Jeffry A. Willadsen)

    There are two kinds of sailors in...

  • Book Reviews

    Choosing War: Presidential Decisions in the Maine, Lusitania, and Panay Incidents

    This is a timely volume to read as one witnesses the transition of power in Washington from one president to another and wonders about the nature,...

  • Combat Fleets
    Mr. Wertheim, a defense consultant, 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

    In November 2016, the German Navy retired its last remaining Type 143A guided missile patrol craft. The four decommissioned units, which include the Hermelin, Zobel, Hyäne and Frettchen (pictured here) were survivors of a ten-vessel class...

  • Charting a Course - Honor, Courage, and Commitment Need to Mean More
    By Captain Kevin S. Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>










  • Editor's Page

    As you see from the cover copy and table of contents, this issue examines a wide range of concerns. Many contributors focus on threats, others address professional development challenges, some propose organizational changes, and saber rattlers...

  • Leadership Forum
    By Lieutenant Owen Brooks, U.S. Navy <p>

    Third Prize Winner - Essay Contest Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London & CACI International

    Good Ideas Have No Rank


  • The Coast Guard Needs More Than Another Icebreaker
    By Lieutenant Commander Shawn Lansing, U.S. Coast Guard
    Icebreaking capability is key to achieving Arctic Strategy objectives, but the United States also needs to invest in infrastructure.


  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Up or Out Has to Go
    By Lieutenant James McLaughlin, U.S. Navy

    The recent turmoil with regard to the Navy’s announced shakeup of enlisted personnel career management took many by surprise...

  • Separate Antiaccess and Area Denial
    by Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>

  • World Naval Developments - That Dog Just Won't Hunt
    By Norman Friedman<p>

    In November 2016, the Navy cancelled development of the Long- Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) intended for the 155-mm guns on...

  • Learn and Use History's Lessons
    By Milan Vego


    Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of naval warfare cannot be obtained solely in combat. The best...
  • Comment & Discussion

    Intelligence Is Not Warfare!

    (See W. Bray, pp. 24-27, December Proceedings)

  • World's Coast Guard
    By Jim Dolbow<p>

    New Platforms Enhance Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

    U.S. Army (Cesar Santiago)

    The Trinidad and Tobago Coast...

  • Naval Systems
    By Edward J. Walsh<p>

    Navy’s Giant Expeditionary Ship Program Drives Forward

    U.S. NAVY

    General Dynamics National Steel &...


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