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On 10 October, the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy hosted the “ The New China Challenge ” conference, sponsored by the William M. Wood Foundation. This event drew impressive speakers and panelists to talk about China’s rise, its goals, great power competition, and whether the United States and China are destined for war. The conversation was riveting and reminded me of how much the topic has appeared in Proceedings this year. In this vein, I highly recommend the article in this issue by Brigadier General William Bowers, USMC, and Christopher Yung titled “China Has Learned the Value of Amphibious Operations” on pp. 24-28. It details the lessons Chinese Communist Party leaders learned from not having the ability to pursue Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists across the Taiwan Strait in 1949. Through the lens of the Chinese civil war, Bowers and Yung highlight the options that amphibious capability provides to political leaders and the problems that not having the capability can lead to.

Finally, take a look at Lieutenant Commander Graham Scarbro’s article, “Fix Naval Aviation’s Adversary Problem” on pp. 48-53. The photographs by Jose Ramos are breathtaking. The Proceedings team has been talking about launching a photo contest in 2019, and Jose’s stunning photos have put that idea at the top of our New Year’s to-do list.

Bill Hamblet
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Life Member since 1993

Where We Were

November 1918  Proceedings —In “ The Crime of the Colleges ,” Medical Inspector J. S. Taylor, U.S. Navy, lashes out at U.S. colleges’ focus on a few elite sports, rather than fitness for the student body. “We see no praise in a given college’s claim that it possesses the fastest runner in the athletic world, but would esteem that institution which could boast that 100 percent of its students knew how to swim, and 75 percent of them, in recent track events, had participated in at least two events each.”

November 1968  Proceedings —“It can be said that the development of the A-7A Corsair II was completed in record-breaking time,” Commander James C. Hill, U.S. Navy, wrote in “ The Corsair II as I See It .” “The airplane made its first flight on 27 September 1965, and was delivered to the Fleet (VA-174, NAS Cecil Field) in mid-October 1966. My squadron, VA-147, was not commissioned until February 1967. Amazingly enough, the squadron and the airplane deployed into the combat environment of Southeast Asia on 4 November 1967. The squadron is now on its way home without recording a single operational accident in almost 4,000 hours of combat flight operations.”

November 1993 Proceedings —In his prizewinning essay “ The Marine Corps of Tomorrow ,” Major Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, wrote: “War is waged most effectively from first principles, and the first principle of the Marine Corps is the continued organization and training of expeditionary amphibious forces, deployed intact, and employed in depth as integrated air-ground task forces. These forces, using our doctrine, possess the flexibility, combat power, and simultaneity that will be critical in future regional wars, across the spectrum from low to mid intensity. They must remain whole, self-contained, and capable of action without escalatory reinforcement, yet capable of joint interoperability.”

A. Denis Clift
Golden Life Member



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