The Marine Corps Has a Drinking Problem

By Captain Aric Ramsey, U.S. Marine Corps
October 2018
Alcohol abuse degrades Marines’ ability to deal with adversity. Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller has been outspoken about the Marine Corps’ problem with excessive drinking, starting with ...

The New Silk Road Runs through the UAE

By Afshin Molavi
October 2018
A fellow from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies argues that China's relationship with the United Arab Emirates is one of the most dynamic of all China’s relationships ...

Train For Maritime Cyber Warfare

By Lieutenant Commander Lee Stenson, U.S. Coast Guard
October 2018
The issue of potential cyber intrusions in U.S. infrastructure is not unique to the Coast Guard, but the maritime specific threat falls squarely on the shoulders of the nation’s smallest ...

Desk Jobs Don’t Win Wars

By Captain Samuel Rinaldo, U.S. Marine Corps
October 2018
In the Marine Corps, the ratio of noncombat enablers to those in the combat arms is more than 4 to 1. Current efforts to enhance information warfare capabilities will likely ...

Marine Corps Must Accept the COIN Challenge

By Staff Sergeant Riley McFarlin, U.S. Marine Corps
October 2018
Most wars are small, low intensity, and long lasting. As focus returns to near-peer competition, the Marine Corps must not lose sight of the skills necessary to wage counterinsurgency.

Run Silent, Run Shallow

By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2018
The submarine force must develop new tactics to battle highly capable modern diesel boats.

Model the Next Hospital Ship on the LPD-17 Design

By Lieutenant Jonathan M. Palmer, U.S.Navy, Medical Service Corps
October 2018
The Navy’s current hospital ships, USNS Mercy (T-AHS-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AHS-20), still offer robust medical capability, but both have severe limitations and no longer meet today’s requirements in a ...

Consider a Four-Day Workweek

Commander J.D. Kristenson, U.S. Navy
October 2018
On board the USS Champion (MCM-4) we implemented a four-day workweek, which proved effective for us. This article is about how it works, what we learned, and how to implement ...

Experiment with LCSs and EPFs

By Steven Wills, PhD.
October 2018
Few ships if any outside the deployment cycle are ready to execute the sort of “disruptive” deployments envisioned by Secretary Mattis. Possible exceptions in this system are the Navy’s littoral ...

Bring Tactical Nukes Back to the Fleet

By FCCM(SW) Thomas Lohr, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
October 2018
Low-yield nuclear weapons helped even the odds for the U.S. Navy against the much larger Soviet fleet during the Cold War. As the People's Liberation Army Navy modernizes and grows ...

Make Counterintelligence a Main Effort

By First Lieutenant Christian H. Heller, U.S. Marine Corps
October 2018
Naval Intelligence essay contest, first place winner, sponsored with Naval Intelligence Professionals. For today’s threat, Navy and Marine Corps counterintelligence must be given the same priority as traditional warfare areas.

Ethics in Asymmetrical Warfare

By Ensign Ryan O’Connor, U.S. Navy
October 2018
Many of the enemies the nation faces today do not play by the traditional rules of warfare, but U.S. warfighters must act ethically and morally even when the enemy will ...

Now Hear This: Get Off the Training Juice

By Captain Richter Tipton, U.S. Coast Guard
October 2018
Do you really have a training problem? Really? Ask yourself, “If I gave my people a million dollars to do that task, could they do it?” If so, you do ...

Bring The Boomers’ Crew Cycle to the Surface

By Petty Officer Second Class Isaac Everett, U.S. Navy
October 2018
Boomers have significant operational commitments, but the amount of time they can remain at sea is limited only by maintenance and the endurance of the crew. To take advantage of ...

Redefine the Strike Group

By Captain Don Donegan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2018
The Navy should rethink the operational employment of carriers and other ships as part of the 30-year shipbuilding plan.

Handling the Zumwalt-Class Destroyer

By Lieutenant Joe Lillie, U.S. Navy
October 2018
The new Zumwalt (DDG-1000)-class destroyers present the shiphandler with challenges and advantages very different from traditional combatants.

Independent But Integrated

By Captains Dick Corpus and Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2018
Although they appear to have disappeared from carrier strike group operations, submarines still are vitally connected to defense of the fleet— but only when and as needed.

Book Reviews: October 2018

October 2018
RUN THE STORM: A SAVAGE HURRICANE, A BRAVE CREW, AND THE WRECK OF THE SS EL FAROGeorge Michelsen Foy. New York: Scribner, 2018. 272 pp. Index. $26.Reviewed by Captain ...

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