The Coast Guard's Medal of Honor Recipient

By Lieutenant Colonel Greg Lane, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired)
September 2018
In the U.S. Coast Guard’s illustrious 227-year history, only one of its members has ever been recognized with the Medal of Honor. Signalman First Class Douglas Munro earned the decoration ...

Save the Army’s 'Navy'

Chief Warrant Officer-4 Michael Carr, U.S. Army (Retired)
September 2018
The Army has a large fleet of capable vessels but they are not well maintained nor understood and they need a new command to fully utilize them. They could be ...

Interoperability Is a Core Coast Guard Strength

Lieutenant Commander Eric Driggs, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
September 2018
The need for interoperability is widespread throughout any disaster response and is an inherent advantage that stems from steady-state Coast Guard operations. The service is singularly positioned to harness the ...

Mine Warfare: Ready and Able Now

By Lieutenant Allan Lucas, U.S. Navy, and Captain Ian Cameron, U.S. Marine Corps
September 2018
Between yesterday’s aging platforms and the unproven effectiveness of LCS, the Navy needs an effective MCM package now. Fortunately, one exists: the ExMCM.

Let Your Sailors Fix It!

By Command Master Chief Scott Kelley, U.S. Navy
September 2018
As sailors’ maintenance competencies increase, so does fleet readiness. In a high-end battle, a commanding officer may have to fight his or her ship in a communications-denied environment. If battle ...

LCS Is No Little Crappy Ship

By Commander Scott W. Larson, U.S. Navy
September 2018
A former LCS commanding officer talks about the strengths of the Littoral Combat Ship program and the road to success for this class of ships.

Model a Space Force on the Coast Guard

Commander Michael R. Sinclair, U.S. Coast Guard
September 2018
A future Space force should be modeled on the U.S. Coast Guard, which has the right mix of authorities and missions for a single agency to operate and govern across ...

New Tech Will Take the Navy beyond Mines

By Dr. Peter Adair
September 2018
Subsea offensive and defensive weapon systems can be much more than "mines." New technologies are being developed that will allow advanced sensors, autonomous underwater systems, and even swarms of unmanned ...

Charting the Course: Face the Hypersonic Truth

By Captain Kevin Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2018
Hypersonic weapons development in the U.S. Navy but no ships, including the new Zumwalt class destroyers possess all the attributes necessary to support an anti-ASCM capable laser.

Train For Maritime Cyber Warfare

By Lieutenant Commander Lee Stenson, U.S. Coast Guard
September 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 ...

Promotions Are Not ‘Earned’

By Command Master Chief Steven “Jimmy” Hendricks, U.S. Navy
September 2018
Author feels promotions and ranks are not earned but are entrusted with them in the U.S. Navy.

2018 Aviation Order of Battle

Compiled by Jim Dolbow
September 2018
U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Aviation Order of Battle ...

Use Carriers Differently in a High-End Fight

By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2018
The evolution of U.S. strike warfare toward missile forces and the rapid rise of adversary air and sea defenses call for the Navy to think about new ways to employ ...

Embrace the Coast Guard’s Strength

by Lieutenant Commander Luke Petersen, U.S. Coast Guard
September 2018
What’s in a motto? Can a few words set the tone for an organization? Or summarize its culture? The Coast Guard motto—Semper Paratus or “Always Ready”—supposedly does both. It is ...

Train Like an Athlete to Accelerate Readiness

By Lieutenant Commander Renato DePaolis II, U.S. Navy
September 2018
The Navy should replace all-at-once training with empirically grounded practice. Just as sports teams spend significant time practicing individual skills before playing a scrimmage or a game, the Navy should ...

Design Systems That Work for People

By Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2018
The surface fleet must ensure its ship systems are intuitive to use; its sailors are properly trained; and its ships have sufficient manning to reduce chronic fatigue.

Unleash the Helicopters!

By Lieutenant Andrew Roscoe, U.S. Navy
September 2018
Reorganize the helicopter force into carrier and expeditionary wings to make it more capable and lethal.

Team the P-8 and Sea Hunter for ASW

By Lieutenant Preston Tilus, U.S. Navy
September 2018
The P-8 paired with the Sea Hunter unmanned surface vessel could help the U.S. Navy offset a growing numerical disadvantage in submarines.

The Tondern Raid: Strike Fighter Centennial

By Barrett Tillman
September 2018
As dawn broke on 19 July 1918, the carrier swung into the wind and aircraft engines burst into life, preparing for a historic, untested mission—attacking the Zeppelin base at Tondern ...

CEO Notes

Peter H. Daly, VADM, USN (Ret.)
September 2018
CEO Pete Daly's thoughts on the September issue of Proceedings.

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
September 2018
An overview of three ships or naval equipment from international navies.