Part II: The Great Divide—A Cultural Shift Is Needed

By Commander C. Colin Supko, U.S. Navy Reserve
February 2018
Constraints imposed by the defense acquisition process and the entrenched military-industrial complex prevent the U.S. government from accessing Silicon Valley and the best technology engine the world has ever known.

Surf the Data Tsunami

By Gabe Harris, Cynthia Lamb, and Jerry Lamb
February 2018
The Navy is on the verge of having many new or upgraded systems generating vast amounts of data. Sonars, satellite sensors, and radars are getting more prevalent and more efficient ...

The Master of Fleet Tactics Unleashed

By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Nelson, U.S. Navy
February 2018
Lieutenant Commander Nelson sat down with retired Navy Captain Wayne Hughes, one of the foremost authorities on naval tactics, to talk about the future of the Navy, fleet tactics, and ...

Deploy the Gerald R. Ford ASAP

By Captain Talbot Manvel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
This year’s National Defense Authorization Act permits the Secretary of Defense to waive the requirement for shock testing the Gerald R. Ford. Eliminating the shock test can move its deployment ...

Manpower: The Billion-Dollar Afterthought

By Major Stephen M. McNeil, U.S. Marine Corps
February 2018
Every November, during the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s birthday message, Marines are reminded that “the term ‘Marine’ has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency” ...

What If the Hawaii Missile Attack of 2018 Had Been Real?

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Ryan Zieno, U.S. Navy
February 2018
Many military families were unprepared for the prospect of a missile attack in Hawaii. The military needs to improve its culture of preparedness, so that everyone—soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, spouse, ...

Charting a Course - Write Better Paper

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
One of the most important and lasting things you will do as a commanding officer (CO) is to write quality evaluations (evals) and fitness reports (FitReps) for your chiefs and ...

Photo of the Week: 16 February

February 2018
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) handle a line during a refueling at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). (U.S. Navy ...

Photo of the Week: 23 February

February 2018
This week's photo shows U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians conducting cold water SCUBA diving operations to test advanced underwater demolition procedures during exercise Arctic Specialist 2018 in Ramsund, ...

Naval Intel Must Do Ocean Surveillance Better

By Captain Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy
February 2018
The success of the naval intelligence community in providing situational awareness of what threats are over the horizon—or across the ocean—has been eroding steadily. If unchecked, this trend creates a ...

Professional Note - Use the Truth as a Weapon

By Michael Petersen and Richard Moss
February 2018
On 16 May 2017, two Russian Su-24M Fencer aircraft made close, low-altitude passes of the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen, which was in the Baltic Sea as part of Standing NATO ...

Build a Winning Team

By Commander Michael D. Brasseur, U.S. Navy
February 2018
As captain of this “start-up,” charged with operating a high-performance warship and a minimally manned crew, I focused on three things above everything else: Vision, Values, and Culture.

Nobody Asked Me But . . . Bring Back the Viking

By Lieutenant Commander Colin Bernard, U.S. Navy
February 2018
Returning the S-3B to an operational status would provide the Navy with an interim solution to its current deficiencies. By assuming both the organic tanker and antisubmarine warfare mission sets, ...

Safety Is A Matter of Principles

By Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
The recent unfortunate string of accidents in Seventh Fleet, including two serious collisions costing 17 Sailors their lives, has drawn fresh attention to operational safety. A blizzard of commentary has ...

Have We Forgotten How to Fight?

By Captain Pete Pagano, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
When Vice Admiral "Hammerin Hank" Mustin, shown here discussing the details of a Second Fleet exercise with Captain Frank Lugo, wrote the 1986 fighting instructions for his commanders, the Navy ...

Simulate Tomorrow’s Battles with AI

By Ensign B.D. Strong, U.S. Navy
February 2018
Imagine a Marine infantry battalion going into battle, Coast Guard ships conducting a drug interdiction op, or a carrier strike group fighting for sea control all with the knowledge that ...

Great Power Focus Underpins Military Failures

By Captain David Allan Adams, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
The Pentagon has been applauded for the strategic clarity and the distinct shift in priorities provided in the “National Defense Strategy” (NDS). Secretary of Defense James Mattis lauded the strategy ...

Protecting Our Warrior Ethos Tomorrow

By Major Scott Humr, U.S. Marine Corps
February 2018
Current and projected autonomous technologies that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) will have profound effects on the role humans play in warfare. These sophisticated machines that seek to overmatch human-level capacities ...

Planners Need to Take Gender into Account

Lieutenant Andrea N. Goldstein, U.S. Navy Reserve
February 2018
Military planning must take account of gender—not only in terms of the makeup of planning and intelligence teams, but also the role gender-related violence, indicators, and cultural norms play in ...

Coast Guard Defines "All Hands On Deck"

By Captain Bruce Jones, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
February 2018
Disasters like Hurricane Harvey—and the need for Coast Guard response—are not going away. It is time for the service to recognize disaster response as a core mission and resource it ...

The Four Jobs of a Master Chief

by Master Chief David C. DiPietro, U.S. Navy
February 2018
Being a master chief means that you are the subject matter expert, the captain’s right hand, and the sailor’s advocate. The master chief is the sergeant major, chief master sergeant, ...

Stand Up Straight

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
Even though a 17-year-old cannot drink or vote, with parental permission, he or she can join the military and get killed or wounded in combat.

The Limits of a Limited Strike

By Commander Robert C. Watts, IV, U.S. Navy
February 2018
The arguments for limited strikes assume that U.S. military action can, in fact, be limited. The United States would use its military advantage in long-range precision strikes to destroy targets ...

Editor's Page

February 2018
In October 2002, Proceedings published one of the finest articles on command and control (C2), “Rediscover the Art of Command and Control,” written by then-Vice Admiral Robert “Rat” Willard, U.S. ...

National Defense Strategy Downplays Democracy

By Captain William Bray, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2018
The new National Defense Strategy (NDS) correctly focuses on U.S. strategic competitors China and Russia. The strategy is excellent in many other ways, as well. One weakness, however, is that ...

CEO Notes

February 2018
WEST 2018 Is BigNow in its 28th consecutive year, the WEST Conference & Exposition is the biggest event of its kind in the Pacific theater. This year the program and ...

Photo of the Week: 2 February

February 2018
Photo of the Week. 2 February. 50 years ago, the Tet Offensive raged in Vietnam. The fighting was particularly intense in Hue City. Here, Marines on board a Navy Mike ...

Comment & Discussion

February 2018
Don’t Micromanage Response Boats (See P. Null, pp. 64-67, January 2018 Proceedings)Chief Null has it right. Those on scene almost always will know more than those up the command chain. ...

From the Deckplates: You Can Overcome PTSD

By Hospital Corpsman First Class Farid Pezeshkian, U.S. Navy
February 2018
I have battled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since 2011, following my first tour in Afghanistan as a hospital corpsman. After my second deployment, it became apparent it would rule my ...

World Naval Developments - America First?

By Norman Friedman
February 2018
The United States faces two very different security challenges. The first is a challenge to the country’s status in the world: China is trying to elbow the United States aside ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
February 2018
In late December, Japan’s government approved acquisition of two Aegis ashore missile defense systems. Aegis ashore is the land-based missile defense component derived from the same technology that sails ...

From our Archive

February 2018
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." —Marcus Tillius Cicero (106 B.C.E.-43 B.C.E.)Japanese artist sketches results of the Hiroshima atom bomb blast, September ...