Trust in Commanding Officers Is Not in Freefall

By Captain James L. Storm, U.S. Navy
November 2018
In his November 2018 Proceedings article “Charting a Course: Stop the Erosion of Command,” retired Captain Kevin Eyer asserts that trust in today’s Commanding Officers (CO) is in a state ...

Charting a Course: Stop the Erosion of Command

Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2018
Historically, enormous trust and responsibility have been assigned to Navy commanding officers (COs). They were depended on to conduct, competently and independently, the many missions assigned. It also was understood ...

Command Has Not Been Eroded

By Lieutenant Commander Catherine A. B. Reppert, U.S. Navy
November 2018
In the November 2018 Proceedings, CAPT Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Ret.) wrote of an erosion of trust in commanding officers in the Surface Navy. As the current commanding officer (CO) ...

Build a Corvette with a Hornet’s Sting

By Lieutenant Colonel Steve Waugh, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2018
Putting sensors and systems from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet on a Cyclone- Sentinel-class patrol boat would distribute lethality and complexify adversary planning. It would also give the fleet capabilities against ...

Enable Cyber Action at Sea

By Chief Boatswain’s Mate Phillip Null, U.S. Coast Guard
November 2018
As they currently exist, cyber forces are viewed by operational commanders as little more than offsite defenders of large-scale service networks. To upend this view requires a shift in scope, ...

The Navy Needs a New Engine of Innovation

Captain Terry Pierce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2018
The U.S. Navy relies on innovation to maintain its warfighting advantage. Ensuring such overmatch requires leaders to sustain innovations that enhance current core capabilities, but they also must understand how ...

Editor's Page

November 2018
The November Proceedings is our annual Marine Corps-focused issue, corresponding with the Corps’ birthday. I recently had two wonderful opportunities to speak with Marine audiences. The first was an invitation ...

Now Hear This: Who Will Be Ready to Fight?

Captain Robert A. Erbetta, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
November 2018
Initiatives such as the Navy Community Service Program link service member volunteers with their communities and could help introduce more young people to the military.

Fix Naval Aviation's Adversary Problem

By Lieutenant Commander Graham Scarbro, U.S. Navy
November 2018
The Navy must find a way to maintain a stable of modern, advanced, adversary aircraft or risk sending aviators into combat ill-prepared to fight.

Prussian Leadership Development for the U.S. Navy

By Lieutenant C. R. Harris, U.S. Navy
November 2018
If we expect to win the next great power competition, the Navy must finally get serious about formal leadership training and character development. To paraphrase former CNO Admiral Thomas Hayward, ...

Lack of Medical Readiness Is a War Stopper

By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
November 2018
Medical support of the sick and wounded is a complicated, resource intensive, and vital aspect of every over-the-sea operation. Over the past 15 years, operational deployments in the Middle East ...

Cyber War Requires Cyber Marines

By Major Nick Brunetti-Lihach, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2018
The Marine Corps is at a crossroads. Rapid technological change, a return to great power competition, continued asymmetric threats, and the unique dynamic of cyberspace demand a fundamental shift in ...

Learn from the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program

By Brian C. Russell
November 2018
The Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile program required a host of important partnerships with industry, government labs, and academia. It also required a highly talented civilian technical community of scientists and ...

Tactical Units Need Better Cyber Support

By Commander Andrew Thaeler, U.S. Navy
November 2018
Elevating CyberCom to a full combatant command has benefited U.S. cyber efforts. But it has further cut tactical units off from important resources and support. A naval officer proposes six ...

Phase Zero Recon Reduce Risk for Crisis Response

Captain Scott D. Williams, USMC
November 2018
Even though the time and location of the next military operation is unknown, phase zero for that operation has already begun. Accurate, off-the-shelf reports confirming entry points and key terrain ...

Fight Self-Sabotage

By Captain Christopher M. Jasperson, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2018
A World War II manual for sowing mayhem in occupied countries strongly resembles today’s Marine Corps administrative processes.

Eyewitness to Revolution

By Colonel Richard D. Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2018
A joint U.S. team was sent to help the Shah reorganize his armed forces, but unrest was brewing in Iran.

Don’t Inflate the Cyber Threat

By Major Adam Yang, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2018
A lack of public understanding could overinflate the cyber threat and have serious national security implications. The increased national attention on cyberspace could be subject to threat inflation because of ...

Win With The Second Best Weapon

By Commander Christopher Nelson, U.S. Navy
November 2018
The need for antiship missile capability and defenses is real. At the same time, retired Captain Wayne Hughes’ warning that the killing in war at sea often is done with ...

CEO Notes: Happy 243rd Birthday U.S. Marine Corps

Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
November 2018
Happy 243rd Birthday U.S. Marine Corps It is fitting that the November issue of Proceedings focuses on the Marine Corps every year. Happy birthday, Marines! Two new Marines recently joined ...

Comment & Discussion

November 2018
Handling the Zumwalt -class Destroyer (See J. Lillie, pp. 70-72, October 2018) LIEUTENANT LILLIE'S ARTICLE on maneuvering the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) was very informative. He says the ship has two ...

Book Reviews

November 2018
Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter, and Jacob N. Shapiro. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018. 400 pp. Notes. Index. $29.95. ...

Combat Fleets

Eric Wertheim
November 2018
The Canadian Navy welcomed a new auxiliary replenishment oiler into the fleet earlier this year. The M/V Asterix , a German-built commercial container ship converted for underway replenishment duties, originally ...

Oceans: Sea-Level Rise and Disappearing Nations

Captain Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2018
Mass migrations are major international political issues. Now there is an added concern: “climate refugees.” Climate change has warmed the world ocean and led to the melting of landbound ice ...

From Our Archive

November 2018
“Minds are like parachutes—they only function when open.” Thomas Dewar (1864–1930) Lieutenant H. E. Kelsey of the Balloon Department, Heavy Artillery, Quantico, was the first Marine to parachute, on 12 ...