Escalate to De-escalate

By Mark B. Schneider
February 2017
U.S. and Russian views concerning nuclear weapons differ fundamentally. According to a 2012 U.S. National Intelligence Council Report, “Nuclear ambitions in the United States and Russia over the last 20 ...

Be Ready for 4 + 1

By Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
February 2017
In 1952, discussing the roles and missions of the Marine Corps, the 82nd U.S. Congress declared that the Corps must “remain the most ready when the nation is the least ...

Editor's Page

February 2017
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 ...

World's Coast Guard

By Jim Dolbow<p>
February 2017
New Platforms Enhance Trinidad and Tobago Coast GuardU.S. Army (Cesar Santiago) The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), commanded by Captain (Naval) Hayden Pritchard, is the largest naval force in ...

Comment & Discussion

February 2017
Intelligence Is Not Warfare!(See W. Bray, pp. 24-27, December Proceedings)Lieutenant Raymond Dennis, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Kenny Caswell, U.S. Navy—Captain Bray offers pretensions that he views as ...

Learn and Use History's Lessons

By Milan Vego
February 2017
r­fighting admirals also were serious and life-long students of history. Admiral Stephen B. Luce wrote that knowledge of military and naval history shows us what errors have been committed in ...

America's Arctic Imperative

By Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
February 2017
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 Adak, Alaska, gave me an ...

World Naval Developments - That Dog Just Won't Hunt

By Norman Friedman<p>
February 2017
In November 2016, the Navy cancelled development of the Long- Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) intended for the 155-mm guns on board the new Zumwalt (DDG-1000)-class land-attack destroyer.Instead these ships will ...

Separate Antiaccess and Area Denial

by Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
February 2017
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson’s desire to minimize use of “A2/AD” may have made no headway with the rest of the Department of Defense (DoD), but it remains ...

Nobody Asked Me, But...Up or Out Has to Go

By Lieutenant James McLaughlin, U.S. Navy
February 2017
The recent turmoil with regard to the Navy’s announced shakeup of enlisted personnel career management took many by surprise. The reversal of rating decisions shows that careful thought must beapplied ...

Deception Is the Chinese Way of War

By Commander Mark Metcalf, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2017
Chinese military texts on the teachings attributed to Sun Tzu emphasize the radical and effective nature of deception in Chinese warfare. Ren Li, editor of Lectures on Sun Tzu’s Art ...

The Coast Guard Needs More Than Another Icebreaker

By Lieutenant Commander Shawn Lansing, U.S. Coast Guard
February 2017
Most national security experts agree that bolstering U.S. icebreaking capability is essential to best position the United States in the Arctic, but views vary on how the Coast Guard should ...

Nobody Asked Me, But...NATO Is No More

By Matthew R. Kambrod
February 2017
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 ...

Leadership Forum

By Lieutenant Owen Brooks, U.S. Navy <p>
February 2017
Third Prize Winner - Essay Contest Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London & CACI InternationalGood Ideas Have No RankU.S. NAVY/JAMES R. EVANSOne of the most legendary attacks in U.S. submarine ...

From the Deckplates - Silence Kills

By Master-At-Arms Second Class Jessica R. Smedley, U.S. Navy<p>
February 2017
Suicide is an uncomfortable word. With it come feelings of confusion, shame, despair, desperation, and loss. We drive quickly past billboards on our highways—“Every 13 minutes, someone in America dies ...

Shift the Coast Guard to DoD

By Jim Dolbow and Captain Jim Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
February 2017
No federal agency, and certainly no armed service, has worked for as many masters as the U.S. Coast Guard. By law a military, law enforcement, and regulatory agency, the service ...

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 www.usni.org).
February 2017
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) ...

Book Reviews

February 2017
Choosing War: Presidential Decisions in the Maine, Lusitania, and Panay IncidentsThis is a timely volume to read as one witnesses the transition of power in Washington from one president to ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
February 2017
Why “Lest We Forget”U.S. Navy (Jeffry A. Willadsen) There are two kinds of sailors in today’s Navy. One is the individual who sees the Navy as a job. He or ...

Professional Notes

February 2017
Pass the Command Qualification Assessment!By LCDR Matt Farrell and LCDR Rob Keller, U.S. NavyU.S. Navy Within the past few years, the surface warfare community has added rigor to the command ...

Airpower Diplomacy Is Underrated

By Lieutenant Commander Gary Gomez, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
February 2017
Original painting by Ronald Wong, FGAvA ASAA, www.ronaldtkwong.com Responding to the Emir of Afghanistan’s 1919 declaration of jihad against British forces, the Royal Air Force sent a single biplane to ...

CEO Notes

Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.) <p>Life Member and Member since 1978
February 2017
WEST 2017 Will Be a WinnerFor the 27th consecutive year, the Naval Institute and AFCEA International will sponsor the largest naval conference and exposition of its kind in the Pacific ...

Russian Navy: Part 3

February 2017
Impressive Beneath the WavesRussian Northern FleetThe modern Russian Navy, similar to its Soviet predecessor, looks best underwater. Russia’s fitful attempts to revive its surface fleet could leave some observers unimpressed, ...

Living in TACSIT 1

By Commander Bryan Leese, U.S. Navy
February 2017
U.S. Navy The United States prefers to fight the “away game,” and our adversaries know it. The problem for them is how to prevent us from projecting power onto their ...

The Oath Is a Sacred Covenant

February 2017
By Lieutenant Fleet Russell White, U.S. NavyWhen an officer swears to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” he is assuming the ...

Naval Systems

By Edward J. Walsh<p>
February 2017
Navy’s Giant Expeditionary Ship Program Drives ForwardU.S. NAVYGeneral Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) is set to start construction of the third Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB-5), in the Navy’s ...