Push Back Against Russia in Cyberspace

By Lieutenant Commander Henry D. Lange, U.S. Navy
July 2017
Russian cyberattacks have antagonized, bullied, and supressed neighbors and countered Western influence. The time has come for NATO to adopt a cyber strategy that incorporates active defense.During the past ...

Drop Marine Standards for "Cyber Warriors?"

Colonel Mark Cancian, USMC Reserve (Retired)
July 2017
The Marine Corps is finding it difficult to recruit young people with the skills and/or aptitude to become cyber warriors who also are physically fit, drug-free, and willing to endure ...

Autonomous Maritime Systems Need A Captain

Lieutenant Alex Laun, U.S. Navy
July 2017
The Navy must raise the priorities for unmanned surface and underwater vehicle development. USVs and UUVs will be critical elements in future naval warfare. With steady effort under resolute leadership, ...

Fitzgerald Proves Damage Control Is Exhausting

Captain Gerry Roncolato, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
The members of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) performed their damage control (DC) actions with skill and determination. Their efforts are to be saluted. Navy leaders should feel good about the ...

This Week in Proceedings Today

July 2017
Find Proceedings Today in the list of articles on the Proceedings Main Pages or find a list of recent contributions here.Fitzgerald Proves Damage Control is ExhaustingBy Captain Gerry ...

Let Our Sailors Sleep

By Machinist Mate Nuclear Senior Chief Jay Holley, U.S. Navy
July 2017
For a junior sailor standing a five-and-dime rotation (five-hour watches with ten hours between), it is never expressly stated, but clearly understood—sleep is the lowest priority evolution. If you are ...

Deter China: Prepare U.S. Navy for War

By Captain Gerard Roncolato, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
The post-World War II Euro-American consensus—the rule of international law and an open trading regime—is eroding. Great power competition has returned, with the inclusion of peripheral sources of instability (ISIS, ...

Restore the Lost Art of Visual Identification

Lieutenant Carlos Rosende, U.S. Navy
July 2017
Proficiency in visual identification is important for ship drivers. Junior SWOs should have the ability to recognize friend and foe by sight. This fundamental skill can—and should—be taught ashore in ...

No More “Low-Priced Brains” in Defense Planning

By Captain William Toti, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
About ten years ago, a worrisome trend began in defense acquisition.It involved a procurement method referred to as “low priced technically acceptable,” or LPTA for short, invented for situations where ...

Inviting China to RIMPAC Is Appeasement

Captain Jim Fanell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
Are we to believe that 2+2=5, or will we insist that 2+2=4 and any invitation to China to participate in RIMPAC must be based on responsible behavior and respect for ...

What Did the Fitzgerald's Sailors Die For?

By Lieutenant Michael Keating, U.S. Navy Reserve
July 2017
At 0130 Saturday, 17 June, the crew members onboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) suddenly were awakened by crunching steel and the cold, dark ocean roaring into their home. The bulbous underwater ...

John Paul Jones Hoists First Stars and Stripes

By Naval History and Heritage Command
July 2017
Standing at attention during the playing of The Star Spangled Banner, saluting the national ensign, and reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” are all acts performed occasionally by ...

Military Tricare (Essentially Obamacare) Works

By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
Military members know the value of affordable health care. I have watched the debate on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) with interest but with some detachment because my ...

The Dirty Shirt Podcast Episode 1

July 2017
The Dirty Shirt Podcast, Episode 1: What Is the Naval Institute, and Why Would I Join?In the debut episode of USNI's "Dirty Shirt," Ward Carroll, Bill Hamblet, and Dave ...

Skirting the Issue

By Lieutenant Nicole Scherer, U.S. Navy
July 2017
quo;Hey, no worries. Morning,” I affably reply and I return his salute. This exchange has occurred more often than is good for any woman’s ego, and more often than you ...

Rethink Mine Countermeasures

By Dr. Scott Savitz
July 2017
Winner of the 2017 Mine Warfare Essay ContestSponsored by the Mine Warfare AssociationNaval mine countermeasures (MCM) face major challenges. Traditional MCM platforms, such as the wood-and-fiberglass Avenger (MCM-1)-class ships, are ...

Portrait Perfectionist

By A. Denis Clift
July 2017
Portrait artist Albert K. Murray was commissioned as a lieutenant early in World War II and would serve on active duty as a combat artist—doing watercolors under live fire in ...

Drone Wars Are Coming

By Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Stiles, U.S. Marine Corps
July 2017
The United States must overcome the bureaucratic and technical barriers so it has the superior drones needed to prevail in future combat.Advances in technology have enabled the deployment of ...

Sharing the Sacrifice Can Close the Gap

By Captain Alec Fraser, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
With fewer Americans serving in or informed about the armed services, civilians and the military are growing apart. A war surtax and national service draft would help ensure everyone shares ...

Fight Information Overload

By Commander J. Lee Bennett, U.S. Navy
July 2017
Success does not depend on a single event, just as a catastrophe does not depend on a single failure.1 —Dr. Steven J. Spearnned maintenance and casualty control typically, however, are ...

Editor's Page

July 2017
This month we celebrate Don Walsh’s two decades of doing our “Oceans” column. From diving with Jacques Piccard on Trieste to a depth of 35,798 feet in the Mariana Trench ...

CEO Notes

July 2017
Peter H. Daly VADM, USN (Ret.)Life Member and Member since 1978Annual Meeting & Member Reception Were TerrificAt our Annual Meeting held on 11 May in Washington, D.C., we reported the ...

China's Cyber-Economic Warfare Threatens U.S.

By Lieutenant Commander Robert "Jake" Bebber, U.S. Navy
July 2017
“The world is witnessing a new kind of war, fought not with bullets but with banknotes and bytes.”1The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is executing a long-term, cyber-enabled economic ...

More Citizens Must Qualify To Be Warriors

Admiral James Hogg, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
The most critical path to our future is the Warrior, who is more important than everything else in our readiness to fight and win.The All-Volunteer force, introduced in the 1970s, ...

Will the Columbia SSBN Break the Bank?

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
The importance of the ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) is addressed in “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower,” the Navy’s most recent maritime strategy. This document states: “The Navy’s top ...

Comment and Discussion

July 2017
Base Gold Stripes on Service, Not Conduct(See J. Privler, p. 14, June 2017 Proceedings)Chief Privler’s glass-half-empty perspective is disturbing. While the author condemns red service stripes and the rating badge ...

CNO White Paper: "The Future Navy"

July 2017
One Cheer OnlyBy Peter DombrowskiNavalists should be pleased that Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson issued his white paper, “The Future Navy.” In theory, the CNO’s words could ...

Go Pills for Black Shoes?

By Commander Javier Gonzalez, U.S. Navy
July 2017
Allowing the use of Modafinil would make our surface warfighters more resistant to fatigue and more effective fighters during extended combat.Imagine the scenario. At 0100, Commander Kipp, commanding officer ...

On Hyperwar

By General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Amir Husain
July 2017
It is more than a revolution in military affairs; it is a revolution in human affairs. 2 January 2018 The battle damage was devastating and constituted the leading edge of ...

Special—DARE to Fail

By Steve Cohen
July 2017
Be careful what you wish for. That old adage might be gnawing at the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Admiral John Richardson engaged with a seemingly modest initiative that took ...

Professional Notes—Get Used to EMCON

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Zachary Hoyt, U.S. Navy
July 2017
The U.S Navy is the most advanced in the world today, but our weaknesses in the electromagnetic spectrum bear considering. While it is important to stay on the leading edge ...

Leadership Forum—Reformers, Thinkers, and Warriors Needed

By Major Hassan M. Kamara, U.S. Army
July 2017
Current global trends point to a highly complex future security environment characterized by budget-induced modernization challenges, persistent conflicts exacerbated by climate change, and revisionism and breaches of international norms by ...

Book Reviews

July 2017
Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for FreedomThomas E. Ricks. New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2017. 352 pp. Photos. Notes. Index. $28.Reviewed by Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)Tom Ricks, a ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
July 2017
In late May, Vietnam took delivery of the retired U.S. Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau (WHEC-722) as well as six new Metal Shark Defiant 45-foot pilothouse patrol vessels from the United ...

Lest We Forget—Wouk's Gift to the Navy

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2017
Leadership is a difficult subject to teach. Textbooks can go only so far, often merely providing laundry lists of admirable attributes that are worthy of emulation but quickly lose their ...