Too Big to Sink

Lieutenant Jeff Vandenengel, U.S. Navy
May 2017
During the 2008 financial crisis the theory emerged that certain companies, particularly financial institutions, were “too big to fail.” These firms were considered to be so large and entwined with ...
Master Chiefs must be strong, ethical leaders.

Ethics Matter for Master Chiefs

By Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith, U.S. Navy
May 2017
Master chiefs are in the perfect position to own values-based leadership, to be the living embodiment of, and vigorous spokespersons for, ethics and ethical decision making. Without credibility we have ...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T . . . the PLA Navy

By Captain James Fanell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
Retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair—former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and Director of National Intelligence—speaking on 4 April at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference, said China has “not developed the maritime ...

Coast Guard Partners with Philippine Navy

By Lieutenant Tom Baker, U.S. Coast Guard
May 2017
The Philippines needs cost-effective ships to replace its aging fleet, particularly its World War II-era corvettes. Obviously, there are many options to fill that need. The Philippines could order new ...

Leadership Starts with Self-Image

By Vice Admiral Al Konetzni Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
Leadership and management books and articles generally fail to provide a proper prospective on good leadership techniques. These “how-to-do-it” books often omit environmental factors that are significant contributors to good ...

The President, the Pentagon, and the People

By Captain Sean R. Liedman and Commander Daniel Dolan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
Question: If the United States were to face a major foreign crisis (such as a NATO Article 5 event), how ready is the nation to respond? Using war theorist Carl ...

Bring Back the Nuclear Tomahawks

by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Dr. James N. Miller
May 2017
The West has been frustrated since 2012 over Russia’s decision to violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The treaty, which eliminated ...

Officers: Keep Politics Off Social Media

By Lieutenant Steven R. Moffitt, U.S. Navy
May 2017
Members of the profession of arms have a responsibility to think through the signals sent by their political behavior to those both within and outside of the military.

Overreacting to Tweets Undermines U.S. Message

By Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
Recently much has been said about “tweet wisdom,” the appropriateness of certain presidential musings, what was said, what should have been said, what was meant to be said. And because ...

Bring High-Velocity Learning to Information Warfare

Lieutenant Commander C. Randolph Whipps, U.S. Navy
May 2017
Navy IWC leaders must conform to Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) standards in all our products. Young intelligence professionals should learn these standards in “A” school and the intelligence officers’ basic ...

The Influence of Sea Power Still Plays

Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
To maintain U.S. influence around the globe, the Navy and Coast Guard need more ships. Today’s demand for stronger American sea power harkens back to arguments made by Alfred Thayer ...

Can We Make the Global Network of Navies Work?

By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
U.S. Navy (Declan Barnes) Start at the "High End" with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Globalization—the integration of the political, economic, and cultural activities of geographically separated peoples—is at the core ...

Too Small to Answer the Call

By Captain David Ramassini, U.S. Coast Guard
May 2017
Faced with massive growth in “short of military conflict” maritime challenges, 21st-century U.S. sea power is deficient. This deficit could be significantly remedied at home and abroad by substantially increasing ...

Mahan Rules

By Dr. James R. Holmes and Commander Kevin J. Delamer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
Potential U.S. adversaries are studying the ideas of the great maritime strategist; we should be doing the same. The outlook for U.S. maritime strategic thought is less than rosy, but ...

Disrupt the Spectrum With AI

By Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Vandervelde, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>
May 2017
Emerging & Disruptive Technology Essay Contest Winner / Sponsored with Leidos Artificial Intelligence will enable the Navy to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum. Technology is advancing at a dizzying pace. We ...

Keep Tanks with the MEU

By Captain Martin F. Wetterauer IV, U.S. Marine Corps<p>
May 2017
General James N. Mattis Professional Writing Award Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) tanks raise the lethality and survivability of Marines on the ground across the spectrum of conflict. A tank platoon, ...

We Must Change How We Name Ships

By James Young
May 2017
What do an unindicted conspirator in the Abscam scandal, an unrepentant segregationist, and the United States’ only unelected President have in common? Respectively, Congressman John P. Murtha, Senator John C. ...

The U.S. Navy in Review

By Robert D. Holzer and Dr. Scott C. Truver
May 2017
U.S. Navy (Michael Bevan) In the early morning of 1 October 2016, a Chinese-design, Iran-provided C-802 land-launched missile struck the United Arab Emirates-leased high-speed vessel Swift. The unarmed, all-aluminum Swift ...

U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel James W. Hammond III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
May 2017
U.S. Marine Corps (Peter Berardi) “We will make the force ready for today, but also prepared for tomorrow by maintaining the institutional agility necessary to address the range of challenges ...

U.S. Coast Guard In Review

By Joe DiRenzo III and David Boyd
May 2017
AP PHOTO/TASNIM NEWS The U.S. Coast Guard had another record-setting 12 months in several mission areas, harnessing the collective capability of all 41,000 active, 6,500 reserve, 8,500 civilian, and nearly ...

Editor’s Page

May 2017
The Naval Review provides the opportunity to reflect on and document important naval operations and activities of the past year through our six feature review sections authored by subject experts. ...

CEO Notes

May 2017
Join Us for Our Annual Meeting & Reception On 11 May we will conduct our 143rd Annual Meeting. This is an opportunity to help us celebrate winners of the General ...

Comment and Discussion

May 2017
Are There Just A Few Good Men? See K. Hunter, p. 10, April 2017 Proceedings) Ms. Hunter excoriates the Commandant for taking “nearly three days” to issue a formal condemnation ...

Now Hear This—Drones Make It Complicated

By Midshipman Fourth Class Jared Xavier Haley, U.S. Navy
May 2017
Drones make it complicated General Atomics Aeronautical Systems The effectiveness of drone warfare by the U.S. military in the post-9/11 era is indisputable. Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) armed with ...

Commentary—NATO is Not Freeriding

By Lieutenant (j.g.) Sean Lavelle, U.S. Navy
May 2017
NATO is Not Freeriding U.S. Department of Defense (Brigitte N. Brantley) The 2016 election cycle provoked a serious debate over the costs and benefits of U.S. support for its traditional ...

Book Reviews

May 2017
Make Your Bed: Little Things that can Change Your Life . . . and maybe the world Admiral William McRaven, U.S. Navy (Ret.). New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2017. 130 ...

Plane Guard Helos Can Do More

Lieutenant Ben “Butters” Foster, U.S. Navy
May 2017
The helicopter sea combat (HSC) community can do much more than plane guard and logistics. Surface warfare, personnel recovery, and maritime interception operations—missions firmly entrenched as core competencies of the ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
May 2017
Aegis is Key to Deterring North Korea During February and March, Kim Jong-Un continued to escalate his war of nerves against South Korea and its ally, the United States. The ...

Leadership Forum—We Need 21st Century Burkes

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2017
Today’s fast-paced, global, multidimensional security environment demands leaders who think creatively and strategically. Expanding technological frontiers of nano-materials, directed energy, robotics, big-data analytics, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems are being ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
May 2017
In March, HMCS Athabaskan, the last Canadian guided-missile destroyer, was retired from service. The 5,000-ton ship was built in Canada and entered service in 1972. She was the third of ...

Oceans—Plastics Threaten the Ocean

By Don Walsh
May 2017
Plastics Threaten the Ocean The first successful man-made plastic was Bakelite, introduced in 1910. In the 1930s, plastics development progressed to the point that they were widely used by the ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
To the Brink of Armageddon National Archives In October 1962, when U.S. reconnaissance overflights revealed that the Soviet Union was installing offensive, nuclear-capable missiles in Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba, President ...

Build Human-Machine Dream Teams

By Captain Dale Rielage, U.S. Navy
May 2017
IBM made history in 1997 when its computer Deep Blue won a chess match against the reigning human world champion. Since that time, human-machine pairings have become the best chess-playing ...

From our Archive

May 2017
Private First Class Carl Bock of the USS Antietam's Marine team, flies high with the ball in a pre-game tilt against the USS Essex Marines at the Yokosuka Fleet Gym ...

Rethink the Down Select for the LCS Frigate

Captain Pete Pagano, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
With the Trump administration’s stated desire to expand the size of the fleet coupled with the Navy’s 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA), the Pentagon should reconsider the decision to down-select ...

Tax China for Gray-Zone Infractions

By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
The Chinese seizure on 15 December 2016 of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operated by the U.S. Naval Service (USNS) vessel Bowditch (T-AGS-62) in international waters was one of the most ...

New Cold War at Sea Is Brewing

Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2017
While we are not quite yet in a full blown “Cold War,” the outlines of one are emerging, and an important scenario will be at sea.