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CEO Notes

August 2020
The Naval Institute continues to meet its missions while working almost entirely remotely. I want to thank our members and donors who provide support to all our mission areas.
Chinese President Xi Xinping

The War That Never Was?

By Admiral James A. Winnefeld, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Michael J. Morell
August 2020
Proceedings recently asked several frequent contributors how the next conflict might start. This essay is the first in the series.
“To me, the most valuable experience of my fellowship was reading, thinking, and writing. I recognized through this endeavor that our service’s challenges are not always new; history is cyclical, and we can apply past strategies to help achieve present objectives. But to do that, we must read and learn.”

My Year as a U.S. Naval Institute Fellow

By Commander Brooke Millard, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2020
The Coast Guard's first U.S. Naval Institute Fellow describes her year, including a new reading habit and the joy of diving into more than 140 years of archive material.
End-state leaders articulate what they expect, establish benchmarks, provide general guidance, and leave it to the enlisted and small-unit leaders to develop and determine the specifics.

Forging End-State Leaders

By Major Rafiel Deon Warfield, U.S. Marine Corps
August 2020
Communicating desired outcome to subordinates and trusting their creativity and initiative when the plan inevitably becomes obsolete is critical to victory.
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Book Reviews

August 2020
Reviews on Russian cyber operations, defending America against high-tech warfare, and of C.S. Forester's classic novel The Good Shepherd after the release of the movie adaptation, Greyhound.
The Coast Guard monitors multiple international fisheries agree­ments, treaties, and conventions, including the U.N. mora­torium on high-seas drift-net fishing. In this excerpt, Admiral Thomas Collins relates a 1997 intercept of a fishing boat operating illegally.

Seizing the Cao Yu 6025

By A. Denis Clift
August 2020
In these edited excerpts from his Naval Institute oral history, Admiral Thomas H. Collins recounts the Coast Guard’s actions against China’s Cao Yu 6025 in July 1997.
Plebes from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2024 complete the squad combat course during Plebe Summer.

What Does Inclusion Look Like?

By Lieutenant Christina Johns Williams, U.S. Navy
August 2020
Code-switching can help a person succeed in the Navy, but that success comes at a price—for the individual and the service.
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You Can’t ‘Zoom’ Trust

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2020
What are we giving up if we don't return to the office after COVID? A world in which face-to-face interaction becomes the exception rather than the norm?
The greased Herndon monument before the climb begins.

The Rich History of the Herndon Climb

By Rear Admiral Jim McNeal, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired), and Scott Tomasheski
August 2020
This article is drawn from the authors’ new Naval Institute Press book, The Herndon Climb, which tells the story of the Naval Academy’s iconic tradition.

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