Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

From the Editor's Desk

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2019
The year 2019 has gone by quickly, and it has been a banner year for our open forum. Your membership in the Naval Institute and your readership of Proceedings, ...
U.S. Naval Institute Strategic Plan

CEO Notes

By Peter H. Daly, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2019
Strategic plan update Earlier this year we completed our Strategic Plan to cover 2019–23. We also just completed our budget plan for 2020, and I want to update you on ...
A sinking Japanese ship seen through the periscope of a U.S. submarine.

‘Silent Victory’ Won Earlier

By Lieutenant Colonel Francis G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
December 2019
The demanding process of preparing human minds for an unknown future is perhaps the single most important lesson history can teach today’s military professionals.
sea stories book cover

Book Reviews

December 2019
Experts review Admiral William McRaven's Sea Stories, Commander Guy Snodgrass's Holding the Line, and other new and noteworthy books.
An artist's concept of a maneuver support vessel (light).

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
December 2019
The U.S. Army prepares for a new landing craft, and New Zealand decommissions some disappointing patrol craft.
Ships of the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group at sea in the Mediterranean.

Fix the Navy, Shrink the Army

By Gil Barndollar
December 2019
An unsparing look at the U.S. Navy reveals what should be a national scandal: a surface fleet whose relative combat power has been dwindling for decades.
USS Gridley (DDG-101) at sea with HMS Queen Elizabeth

Prepare for Decision-Making at Sea

By Commander Jeff W. Benson, U.S. Navy
December 2019
Operations at sea are ruthless, unforgiving, lonely, and test the boundaries of every commander. Commanders have absolute responsibility in making instinctive and deliberate decisions.
Family members await the return of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton

Retention Is Also about the Family

Commander Christopher D. Lucero, U.S. Coast Guard
December 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard recently has taken a number of actions in response to the findings of the RAND study on improving diversity in the service.1 These steps should provide ...

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