We Need Cyberspace Damage Control

By Lieutenant Commander Damien Dodge, U.S. Navy
November 2017
The Navy must be equipped to respond to cyber attacks and quickly restore cyber-dependent warfighting systems. Naval losses during World War I and the lessons learned in the Battle of ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
November 2017
The first of eight new littoral mission vessels (LMVs) has entered service in Singapore. The Independence -class LMVs, not to be confused with the U.S. Navy’s Independence -class littoral combat ...

Prepared for the Battle But Not for the War

By Dr. Linton Wells II
November 2017
The United States must think beyond traditional concepts of defense and prepare for a complex, unstable future marked by a 24-hour news cycle, multidimensional warfare, and societal turbulence. A strategic ...

The Books I Carried

By Lieutenant Jarrod Suess, U.S. Navy
November 2017
A couple weeks after my second daughter was born, I began to pack an unwieldy pile of books into my wheeled footlocker in preparation for my upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. ...

Proceedings Podcast, Episode 6

November 2017
On this episode of the Proceedings Podcast, Ward and Bill analyze the U.S. Navy's report on the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions at sea, review some features from the November issue ...

The Corps Must Refine Warfighting

By Captain James Skeffington, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve<p>
November 2017
After 16 years of counterinsurgency, the Marine Corps has captured many lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, but MCDP 1 remains unchanged, making the Corps’ warfighting philosophy ripe for revision. Before ...

Leadership Forum: Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity

By Rear Admiral Paul Becker, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
After my first few deployments and shore assignment, it was clear that those who were the most inclusive, compassionate, self-aware, good-natured, commonsensical, and resolute stood apart from the pack. These ...

Where Are You Going, Kings Point?

By Commander Thomas F. McCaffery, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
November 2017
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, known colloquially as “Kings Point” for its location in New York, is one of the nation’s five federal service academies. Established during World War II, ...

Fix Officer Retention!

By Lieutenant Jeremy Cappalo, U.S. Navy
November 2017
Too many of the Navy’s best junior leaders are leaving, creating an erosion of talent at the O-4 and O-5 levels. Despite initiatives such as the Fleet Scholar Education Program ...

Where Is the Military-Political Rubicon?

By Midshipman W. Kirk Wolff, U.S. Navy
November 2017
In my mind, this, then, begged the question: If every one of these titans of politics, industry, and the military are to be believed when they tell midshipmen and cadets ...

Professional Notes: Understand Towing Regulations

By Lieutenant John Ramos, U.S. Coast Guard
November 2017
On 20 June 2016, a regulatory revolution was born when the U.S. Coast Guard published Subchapter M in the Federal Register. The regulations established new requirements for the design, construction, ...

Professional Notes: Train for the Fourth Dimension

By Lance Corporal John Gilchrist, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2017
The dimension of information operations (IO) in the battlespace is an abstract and dynamic sphere of warfare, its significance prescribed time and again by generals from Sun Tzu to James ...

Professional Notes: Fix Aviation Career Pay

By Commander Michael Lisa, U.S. Navy
November 2017
Looking at Navy Personnel Command statistics on retention, it is clear that many officers are leaving the Navy at the O-4 and O-5 paygrades (particularly TacAir). What is not immediately ...

World Naval Developments: Swiss Build an Electronic Eye

By Norman Friedman
November 2017
IniLabs Dynamic Vision Sensor solves the sensor-bandwidth-processor problem by mimicking the human eye/optic nerve/brain. A group called “iniLabs” in Zurich, Switzerland—funded in part by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects ...

Comment and Discussion

November 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 ...

Keep Cyber Marines in the Fight

Staff Sergeant Michael Gilliland, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2017
The loss of talented, experienced enlisted Marines in the cyber operations field is a threat to the Corps’ effectiveness in the 21st century. As a Marine with more than 12 ...

The United States Needs Mobile Afloat Basing

By Lieutenant Colonel James W. Hammond III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2017
With threats to access growing, the Navy cannot continue to depend on overseas facilities for maintenance and resupply. Adapting a modern version of the 1945 fleet train would re-establish the ...

Move the Navy Museum to Norfolk

By Commander David F. Winkler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
With the need to instill in our sailors greater pride in their history and heritage, moving the museum to Norfolk and repurposing the current facilities in Washington, DC, makes sense.

Know Tomorrow's Adversary

By Commander Heather Bothwell, U.S. Navy Reserve
November 2017
During the Cold War, “knowing” our enemy yielded in-depth intelligence and understanding and provided a military advantage not easily replicated in the absence of such insight. As Charles King elaborates, ...

Prudent Mariners Need A GPS Backup

Captain Dana A. Goward, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
November 2017
Loran-C remains available in much of the world, and is much less vulnerable to interference than GPS. The Navy should resume using it, and push for enhanced Loran as soon ...

Fighting Forward to Ensure Littoral Access

By Colonel Doug King, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), and Major B.A. Friedman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
November 2017
Today, emergent technology is again enhancing the defense over the offense in amphibious operations. Without experiencing another Gallipoli, we can examine the operating environment and draw conclusions about how amphibious ...

Which Ship Has the "Right of Way?"

November 2017
The recent collisions of the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and Fitzgerald (DDG-62) with commercial ships have led to widespread discussion about which ships are at fault. The answer to ...

The Uniform Gods Must Be Crazy

Captain Vince Augelli, U.S. Navy
November 2017
The Navy also has the worst working uniforms of all the services. The last two decades have brought a litany of regrettable mismanagement, and the situation demands accountability. Our Sailors ...

Find Meaning as an Undesignated Sailor

Seaman Julian Davis, U.S. Navy
November 2017
My dream is for all undesignated sailors to be free: free to dream; free to hope; free to work in the rate they want. The United States is, after all, ...

Collision Reports Reveal Bigger Issue

Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
November 2017
The concern we all should have is to ensure the Davidson Report does not go the way of the Balisle Report, that is, be an object of interest and energy ...

Comprehensive Review Ignores Others' Lessons Learned

Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
Missing from the Comprehensive Review is any reference to how other warfare communities may have overcome similar problems. In particular, had the members of the review panel turned to naval ...

The HSC Community Needs to Embrace the Phoenix

By Lieutenant Commander James J. Moore, U.S. Navy
November 2017
Helicopter sea combat squadrons have the only established capability to combine manned and unmanned aircraft operations in the fleet. Here an MH-60s from HSC-23 prepares to land on the USS ...

Stop the Navy "Brain Drain"

Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
As the Navy searches for ways to enhance the training of its maritime professionals, one resource seems to have been left out of the discussion: those retiring with extensive leadership ...

SWOs Need Log Books

By Captain Robert Bodvake, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
There are many useful and necessary discussions ongoing about the state of readiness in the Navy’s surface fleet. One piece in a solution could be borrowed from naval aviators: keep ...

Test Mixed-Gender Infantry in Global Competition

Major Nicholas R. Nappi, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2017
There is a way to begin to assess the mettle of mixed-gender units that goes beyond ordinary training: international military competitions. An abstract opinion either “for” or “against” the opening ...

Rules-of-the-Road Are Rules!

Carl Obermeier
November 2017
Navy surface warfare officers and civilian mariners are not armchair sailors. Effective collision avoidance requires a solid understanding of the rules of the road and a consistent application of them. ...

Information Warfare Should Embrace Dissent

Captain Bill Bray, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2017
Harboring a culture that is antagonistic to dissent is self-defeating. If an organizational concept or construct is sound, and the policies flowing from it executable in a way that the ...

New Coast Guard Officer Evals Don’t Go Far Enough

Lieutenant Commander Travis S. Collier, U.S. Coast Guard
November 2017
The U.S. Coast Guard has had recent success modernizing talent management in the officer corps. Among the developments are: new officer evaluation report (OER) forms that have reduced the length ...

She's a Warrior

By Commander Suzanna Brugler, U.S. Navy Reserve
November 2017
The integration of women at the service academies has had the reverberating effect of opening positions of opportunity for women throughout the services, both officer and enlisted. It’s time our ...

Now Hear This: It's Time for Concealed Carry on Base

By Lieutenant Commander C. Randolph Whipps, U.S. Navy
November 2017
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s first order of business should be making the Navy/Marine Corps team more lethal—and he can do it at zero marginal cost. Specifically, he should ...

An Israeli Carrier Landing

By Norman Polmar
November 2017
It appears that only one Israeli pilot has ever landed an aircraft on an aircraft carrier. In occurred shortly after the Middle East crisis of 1958 when unrest gripped several ...

Book Reviews

November 2017
Cyber War Will Not Take Place Thomas Rid. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 235 pp. Notes. Biblio. Full epilogue by John Stone. $14.95. Reviewed by James Young In its ...