SAR: It's Not a Man-Overboard Recovery

By Captain Jake Douglas, Lieutenant (j.g.) Ian Braker, and Lieutenant (j.g.) Cameron Slappe, U.S. Navy
July 2018
A real-life search-and-rescue mission by the USS Hue City yields some useful lessons learned.

Be Ready to Fight

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
In May 2017, Graham Allison wrote Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). This book fleshed out ideas that Professor Allison had first articulated ...

Status Report—One Year Later

By Admiral Bill Moran, U.S. Navy
July 2018
In the aftermath of the tragic events at sea last year, we have all done some serious soul searching to complement the stark findings and important recommendations of the Comprehensive ...

Photo of the Week: 27 July

July 2018
This week's Proceedings Photo of the Week shows a Royal Navy Fleet Diving Unit 2 diver swimming through a sea of kelp during a mine warfare drill that was part ...

Getting Past the Bonus: Five Ways to Retain Aviators

By Lieutenant Commander J. M. Charapich and Lieutenant R.A. DePaolis II, U.S. Navy
July 2018
The aviation retention bonus is an important tool to keep aviators flying for the Navy, but it is not the only one. Two naval aviators propose five ways the Navy ...

Friends, Firsts, and the Future at RimPac 2018

By Lieutenant Commander Leah Cole, US Coast Guard Military Fellow
July 2018
Started in 1971, RimPac 2018—currently underway in Hawaii through 2 August—marks the 26th exercise in the series. It is the world's largest international maritime exercise, with this year’s event involving ...

Rim of the Pacific: Talk the Walk

By Captain James E. Fanell, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
The Navy’s public information effort about RimPac has been strong—better than ever. For instance, when China was disinvited and they sent a spy ship, the messaging from U.S. Pacific Fleet ...

Does the Navy Really Want Innovators?

By Marcus Jones, PhD
July 2018
If inspiring “creativity and agility in the human dimension” is a high priority, it might be helpful to ask how the Navy and Marine Corps should motivate people selected, educated, ...

Photo of the Week: 20 July

July 2018
This week's Proceedings photo of the week shows Navy Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joseph Farmer climbing the mast onboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7). Iwo Jima is currently forward-deployed in ...

Better Data Can Improve Safety at Sea

By Captain Sharif Calfee, U.S. Navy, and Commander Harrison Schramm, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
Mishap rates in the Navy’s surface fleet are trending downward, but unified data collection and analysis can help move safety to the next level.

Upgrade National Missile Defense

By Peter von Bleichert
July 2018
As more and more countries try to obtain nuclear weapons, the importance of ballistic missile defense grows. The United States must upgrade its capability in several BMD areas, and soon.

Break In Sailors, Don't Break Them

By Petty Officer Second Class Erica Rands-Howard, U.S. Coast Guard
July 2018
The U.S. seagoing services are steeped in naval traditions. While many are adored and effective, some are outdated and potentially harmful to the enlisted workforce. One of the most misguided ...

Deploy More Ships to Rota

By Lieutenant David Bedard, U.S. Navy
July 2018
Forward Deployed Naval Forces—Europe has only four destroyers to perform a wide range of operational and support tasks. The high operational tempo will exact a cost if the Navy does ...

Declassify the Thresher Data

By Captain James B. Bryant, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
The loss of the USS Thresher was an avoidable tragedy. The Navy finally should release all related information.

Peace Through Strength: What It Really Means

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
The sea was an ebony carpet with only the faintest indication of a horizon separating the overcast sky from the waters below. Yet, through my binoculars, I could make out ...

CEO Notes

By Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
July 2018
CEO summary for the month of July

Back to Driving Ships, Part III

By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Toy Andrews, U.S. Navy
July 2018
In in his Proceedings Today series "Back to Driving Ships” Parts I and II, Lieutenant Commander Toy Andrews lays out a comprehensive and compelling case for bringing the Navy's yard ...

JOs Can Fix SWO Training

By Lieutenant Katelyn Davidson, U.S. Navy
July 2018
A young Surface Warfare Officer describes the holes in her training and recommends ways junior officers can remedy the lack of training and training standardization for SWOs.

Be Predictably Unpredictable

By Rear Admiral Jeff Harley, U.S. Navy and Captain Robby Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared that the United States must be “strategically predictable but operationally unpredictable” in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. Arguably, the U.S. Navy has become too ...

From Our Archives

July 2018
The propeller of an Eastern Aircraft FM-1/2 Wildcat fighter was imbedded in the trunk of a coconut palm when the plane swerved off the runway during a crash landing at ...

The Other Mine Warfare Will Work

By Admiral James Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Syed Ahmad, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2018
The Navy has a blind spot about offensive mining, but techno logical advances and a new concept of operations could make it a game changer.