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Editor's Page

April 2020
From the Editor’s Desk This issue follows our annual WEST Conference in San Diego, which focused on the question “Are We Ready to Confront Great Power Competition?” The theme of ...
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CEO Notes

April 2020
West 2020 Was a Huge Success! WEST was a tremendous success this year. Overall attendance and industry participation were up. One hundred percent of the space available for industry exhibits ...
Navy SEALs function best when rank is secondary to relationships and hierarchy secondary to trust.

Comment & Discussion

April 2020
From Compliance to Excellence: Monitoring Performance to Enhance Readiness (See B. Cordial, pp. 64–68, February 2020) I couldn’t agree More with Lieutenant Cordial. Fortunately, the Navy is already researching ways ...
The author in his prized leather flight jacket. Rather  than echoing aviation’s flight jacket, perhaps the  surface warfare community should come up  with its own distinctive jacket.

Get Your Own Jacket

By Petty Officer First Class Marc J. Frattasio, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
April 2020
The black shoes should come up with their own distinctive jacket that won’t cause them to be mistaken for aviation personnel.
Amphibious ready groups/Marine expeditionary units should narrow their mission focus to four areas, including raiding, to better aid in future battles.

Reimagine the ARG/MEU Team

By Lieutenant Commander Andrew Roscoe, U.S. Navy
April 2020
Elevating aviation assets, simplifying command relationships, and narrowing mission focus will keep amphibious operations relevant.
The threat of privateers to China’s maritime economy could strengthen deterrence and possibly prevent a war.

Unleash the Privateers!

By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Brandon Schwartz
April 2020
The threat of privateers to China’s maritime economy could strengthen deterrence and possibly prevent a war.
Make Your Bed

Chiefs’ Top Books for Aspiring Leaders

By Senior Chief Eugene M. Padden, U.S. Navy
April 2020
When enlisted leaders were asked to name the books that helped them most in their careers—books they wish the entire mess would read—seven books stood out.
Leaving Mac Behind opener

Book Reviews

April 2020
Experts review Leaving Mac Behind, P. W. Singer and August Cole's Burn-In, and other new and noteworthy books.
 Chief Fire Controlman Brian Buswell conducts training on defense system operations on board the USS Little Rock (LCS-9) while deployed in the Caribbean Sea.

The Relentless Chief

By Master Chief Mike Bemley, U.S. Navy
April 2020
The Relentless Chief sets a standard for sailors that informs their view of the chief’s mess and ultimately their warfighter mind-set.
A Djiboutian Coast Guard sailor prepares to board an Indian frigate during Cutlass Express 2019.

Africa-to-Africa Maritime Engagement

By Ian Ralby
April 2020
"Capacity building” used to mean North Americans and Europeans telling Africans how to secure, govern, and develop their waters. Now a new phenomenon is taking hold: Africa-to-Africa capacity building.

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