Rebuild AIR ASW

By Commander Nicholas Woodworth, U.S. Navy
October 2017
Facing a growing hostile submarine threat, the U.S. Navy must reinvigorate its airborne antisubmarine warfare training. Train like you fight. It is a mantra familiar to all in the Navy. ...

The Legacy of Unfinished Revolutions

By James Holmes
October 2017
What if you held a revolution and no one noticed? Or, worse, what if you staged a revolution and those entrusted with keeping pace with changing times refused to notice ...

Of Suns and Dragons

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Daniel Stefanus, U.S. Navy
October 2017
Using key parallels from its past competition and conflict with Imperial Japan as a guide, the U.S. Navy must discover and employ new warfighting technologies while exploiting Chinese developmental weaknesses; ...

Unraveling the Thresher's Story

By Captain Joseph F. Yurso, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
On 10 April 1963, the USS Thresher (SSN-593) sank with all hands during sea trials off the Massachusetts coast. At the time, I was the shipyard watch officer at Portsmouth ...

Why a TRIAD?

By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
As the nation begins discussions on the future of the nuclear triad, knowledgeable Navy voices must be ready to explain the utility and advantages of the sea-based leg.

Proceedings Podcast, Episode 5

October 2017
In this episode, along with other current events, Ward and Bill try to explain that USNI is NOT a political forum while discussing a PROCEEDINGS TODAY article titled, Take a ...

Russia's Fifth-Generation Sub Looms

By Michael Kofman
October 2017
Like the Soviet Navy before it, the Russian Navy’s true power lies in its submarine force. Although recovering from a prolonged period of limited investment and confined activity, the various ...

Russia Poses a NonAcoustic Threat to U.S. Subs

By Norman Polmar and Edward C. Whitman
October 2017
During the Cold War, the U.S. Navy’s principal antisubmarine warfare (ASW) detection method was passive acoustics—the seafloor sound surveillance system (SOSUS), passive sonars in submarines and surface ships, and air-launched ...

Professional Note: Data-Driven Disaster Response

By Cadet Third Class Evan Twarog, U.S. Coast Guard
October 2017
The future of Coast Guard disaster response was demonstrated in 2010 when a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 100,000 people. A massive international humanitarian response effort followed, rescuing ...

Develop JOs as Good Coaches Develop Quarterbacks

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Joshua Asaro
October 2017
Every wardroom across the fleet has the typical quarterback archetypes: the game-managers, the rookies of the year, the one-big-play wonders, the small-school stars, the dual threats, and the elite players. ...

J.O. Retention: Survey Those Who Leave

Lieutenant G. Graham Van Hook, U.S. Navy
October 2017
It is time for the Navy to stop reacting to anecdotes about “millennials” and survey junior officers about why they are leaving or why they left. Armed with that data, ...

SWOs Need A "Flight School"

Lieutenant Commander Tyler McKnight, U.S. Navy
October 2017
Through no fault of their own, all SWOs arrive at their first commands with very little experience or standardized training. Imagine a new naval aviator receiving limited instruction and on-the-job ...

Professional Notes: Prepare Gun Crews for Combat

By Gunner's Mate First Class Wayne Moore, U.S. Navy
October 2017
The 30-millimeter MK 46 Mod 2 Bushmaster II cannon*—installed on the San Antonio (LPD-17), Freedom (LCS-1) and Independence (LCS-2), and USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)-class ships—is an awesome gun weapon system (GWS) ...

Educating Kids Is a Readiness Issue

By Jim Cowen and Marcus S. Lingenfelter
October 2017
Ask any service member and he or she will tell you that the quality of education for their children is of top priority. In a direct hit on readiness, military ...

Loss of Confidence Doesn’t Cut It

By Commander Doyle Hodges, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
The Navy is often praised for its willingness to publicly hold its commanders accountable for professional, as well as personal, shortfalls. This represents a difference from the other armed services, ...

Self-Control Empowers Individuals and Organizations

Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
Every officer, chief, and petty officer in the Navy must understand that they are in control of their own lives and careers. Together we all can lead organizations— divisions, departments, ...

Proceedings Podcast, Episode 2

October 2017
Bill Hamblet and Ward Carroll discuss more on the "Fat Leonard"/Glenn Defense Marine scandal, aviation physiological episodes, articles in Proceedings and Proceedings Today, and what to do about Chinese expansionism.

A War Plan Orange For Climate Change

By Commander Timothy McGeehan, U.S. Navy
October 2017
Hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark promulgated his guidance through a famous cable: “EXECUTE AGAINST JAPAN UNRESTRICTED AIR AND SUBMARINE WARFARE.” Although ...

Collisions Raise PTSD Danger Flags

By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
Seventeen years have passed since 17 sailors died on the Cole. Since then, the Navy has taken great steps, even standing up an operational stress control program as a preemptive ...

Editor's Page

October 2017
In this month’s issue we feature extra coverage of submarine-related issues. The lead feature is authored by long-time Proceedings contributor and submarine officer Rear Admiral William J. (Jerry) Holland Jr., ...

Invest in the Best

By Captain Ronald R. Shaw Jr., U.S. Navy
October 2017
Recent events have called into question the quality of Navy commanding officers (COs). Annual statistics depict an increasing number of CO reliefs or firings while publicized sexual assault cases and ...

CEO Notes

October 2017
We Celebrate the Winners This is the month we get the opportunity to celebrate a boatload of winners. First the authors of the six winning essays in the CNO Naval ...

Maritime Interdiction Against North Korea Will Be Hard

By Commander George C. Capen, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
On 15 September 2017, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea, including an authorization for maritime interdiction operations (MIO). Security Council Resolution 2375 applies pressure ...

Comment & Discussion

October 2017
Scrap Marine Hornets (See B. Hayes, p. 10, September 2017 Proceedings) It is richly ironic that a Navy officer is calling for the Marine Corps to scrap its F/A-18s. This ...

Take a Knee for Social Justice

Rear Admiral Michael S. Baker, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
In 1943, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote an opinion in a case about kids who were expelled from school for not saluting the U.S. flag because they were ...

Send the USS Ponce to Puerto Rico!

By Christopher P. Cavas
October 2017
The USS Ponce (AFSB[I]-15)—named for the Puerto Rican city—is an afloat forward staging base, a recently-developed kind of ship intended to support small craft, helicopters, combat teams. and commanders in ...

Special—Canines Bring Compassion to the Courtroom

By Legalman First Class Daniel A. Vasquez, U.S. Navy
October 2017
The Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Northwest in Bremerton, Washington, has a program to support victims and witnesses during the criminal trial process, but participation might require investment in a ...

Find the Root Causes First

Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy (Retired) and David Silverstein
October 2017
Albert Einstein (among others) often is quoted as having said, “If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend 55 minutes studying the problem.” A willingness to take ...

Avoiding Collisions: What Can Be Done?

By Captain David Melin, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
October 2017
The collisions of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) lost Navy lives and resulted in the permanent removal of officers at various high levels. It is ...

Fix Aviation Career Pay

Commander Mike Lisa, U.S. Navy
October 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 ...

Know What An Officer Commission Means

By Captain Bill Bray, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2017
Ask any officer why he or she is commissioned into service, and why enlisted personnel are contracted into service. Pay close attention to the answer; often it will be incomplete.

Book Reviews

October 2017
NEW & NOTEWORTHY BOOKS 27 Articles, 100th Anniversary Edition By Captain Bill Bray, U.S. Navy (Retired) T. E. Lawrence. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017. 57 pp. $9.99. Reviewed by ...

World Naval Developments: Were our ships hacked?

By Norman Friedman
October 2017
When the Seventh Fleet suffered two collisions in quick sequence, the Internet unsurprisingly buzzed with speculation that Navy systems had somehow been hacked. Although that is extremely unlikely, the speculation ...

Combat Fleets

October 2017
Amid increased tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea took delivery in June of the Nampo , an advanced minelaying vessel. The 375-foot warship, a major enhancement over the older ...

World's Coast Guards

By Jim Dolbow<p>
October 2017
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is a multimission civilian agency that is heavily dependent on volunteers to perform its missions. The service is Ireland’s executive agent for responding to maritime ...

Proceedings Podcast, Episode 1

October 2017
In the first episode of the PROCEEDINGS podcast, Ward Carroll and Bill Hamblet discuss the most recent "Fat Leonard" news as well as the latest around collisions at sea and ...

Proceedings Podcast, Episode 3

October 2017
In episode 3 of the PROCEEDINGS PODCAST Bill and Ward invite their first guest into the studio: LT Brendan Cordial, USN, a surface warfare officer who wrote an article in ...

Leadership Forum: It Must Be About Leadership

By Commander David P. Wroe, U.S. Navy, with Commander Jim Von St Paul and Command Master Chief Michael Leggett, U.S. Navy
October 2017
Although the Navy has become better and more articulate in its campaigns against specific behaviors, it has not seen the expected results. One reason is that these efforts have missed ...