Terrorists Attack Port of New York!

By Captain Joe Skinner, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2017
Faced with threats of terrorist attacks, the United States must harden its ports. Yesterday morning, terrorists used the Kuwait-flagged merchant vessel Umm Salat—a commercial ship loaded with more than 10,000 ...

Embracing the Dark Battle

By Lieutenant (J.G.) Daniel Stefanus, U.S. Navy
April 2017
The future inevitably will include engagements where the U.S. Navy is denied full use of the electromagnetic spectrum. The surface force must develop innovative and decisive tactics to win in ...

All Hands on Deck

By Lieutenant Commander Sean Plankey, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Gregory Bernstein, and Reilly Stephens
April 2017
The Northern Triangle is the fulcrum point on which U.S. interests in the region and its stability turn. In its March 2015 “U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America,” the ...

Act On Commander's Intent

By Captain Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy
April 2017
2nd Prize Winner of the General Prize Essay Contest The General Prize Essay Contest is funded by Andrew and Barbara Taylor & the Crawford Taylor Foundation. _________________________ The Navy must ...

Let the Squadrons Decide

By Commander Gregg Sanders, U.S. Navy
April 2017
I distinctly remember a frustrating experience with the Navy Flight Hour Program (FHP) while serving as operations officer in Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) in 2011. We were forward deployed ...

Break Out or Fail

By Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2017
I believe we are experiencing a disruption in our national security landscape. If so, the U.S. military, including the Navy, must act with urgency to break out of its current ...

"New" Russian Navy: Part 5

By Norman Polmar
April 2017
Alamy Most of the shipyards that built the Soviet fleet that challenged the U.S. Navy now are not in Russia, working at less than capacity, or building commercial ships, tugs, ...

SSG Served as an Innovation Incubator

By Captain David Adams, U.S. Navy (Retired); Captain Jeff Cares, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired); Lieutenant Commander Brett Morash, U.S. Navy (Retired); Dr. Albert Nofi, Mr. Antonio Siordia, and Captain David Soldow, U.S. Navy
April 2017
U.S. NAVY (PETER D. LAWLOR) Killing the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group (SSG) addresses the symptom and not the cause of U.S. Navy’s larger strategy and innovation ...

CEO Notes

April 2017
Our Press Scores High on CNO’s List Seventeen books selected for the CNO’s Professional Reading Program are Naval Institute Press titles. And the winners are: The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor ...

Comment and Discussion

April 2017
Too Many SWOs per Ship (See B. Cordial, pp. 14–17, March 2017 Proceedings ) The solid solutions offered by Lieutenant Cordial to the human capital problem on surface ships deserve ...

Editor's Page

April 2017
We are honored to publish in this issue the winners of the Naval Institute’s longest running essay competition—the General Prize Essay Contest, launched in 1879 as the Prize Essay Contest. ...

Charting a Course

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2017
U.S. Navy Distributed Lethality: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid Naval Surface Forces’ new distributed lethality (DL) strategy seems to be a fine idea and one that is arriving at just the ...

From the Deckplates

By Hospitalman Adrian Fontanez, U.S. Navy
April 2017
End “Use it or Lose it” Leave The current Navy modus operandi that forces Sailors to “use or lose” their leave needs to change. The Navy preaches “take all your ...

Promote a Virtuous Insurgency

By Chad Manifold
April 2017
There is a virtuous insurgency growing in the Department of Defense (DOD). It is a quiet fight under the surface of the defense bureaucracy. It is taking place in the ...

Professional Notes

April 2017
Hunt Cyber Threats By Lieutenant Raymond Dennis, U.S. Navy A Quick Intelligence 101 Quiz Q: How can an intelligence team help prepare a force for war? A: Conduct intelligence preparation ...

Leadership Forum: Good Leaders Follow Golden Rule

By Lieutenant Commander William Monk, U.S. Navy Reserve
April 2017
U.S. AIR FORCE (MIKE MEARES) The U.S. Sea Services have a strong tradition of character-based leadership founded on a world view rooted in Judeo-Christian values. Departing from or denying this ...

Nobody Asked Me But... Thank You for Your Service

By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
April 2017
DOD (Michael J. Carden) The late sociologist Charles Moskos called it “patriotism-lite.” Andrew Bacevich, respected professor of international relations and history, called it “cheap grace.” Still others have called it ...

Book Reviews

April 2017
Super Nuke! A Memoir about the Life of a Nuclear Submariner and the Contributions of a “Super Nuke”—The USS Ray (SSN-653)—Toward Winning the Cold War Charles Cranston Jett. Denver: Outskirts ...

World's Coast Guards

By Jim Dolbow
April 2017
Al Jazeera English Japan Coast Guard a tool of maritime security The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) is a civilian law enforcement organization that performs both homeland security and non-homeland security ...

Naval Systems

By Edward J. Walsh
April 2017
U.S. NAVY (D. BELL) Adding Lethality to LCSs, Frigates The Navy is moving toward selection of an over-the-horizon (OTH) strike missile for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and its future ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
April 2017
U.S. Navy (J. Lill) In mid-February, Brazil reversed plans to modernize its aging aircraft carrier São Paulo and announced that the 50+ year-old ship would be readied instead for decommissioning. ...

Lest We Forget

By A. Denis Clift
April 2017
U.S. Navy / U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives Captain David McCampbell, U.S. Navy, ACE With 34 kills, Captain David McCampbell was the U.S. Navy’s all-time top fighter ace. He was ...

Naval Institute Foundation

April 2017
Naval Academy 19th Company Sponsored Student Memberships: Pass It On! One of the Naval Institute Foundation’s most popular initiatives pairs a donor with an NROTC unit or Naval Academy or ...

From Our Archives

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April 2017
"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours" From Our ArchivesWaiting for an Aleutian gale to blow itself out, a ...

Solve Tomorrow’s Problems Today

By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2017
Building blocks, catalysts, and the correct environment can spark the innovative ideas the Navy needs to fight and win. Throughout history, military innovation in the face of adversity has been ...