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CEO Notes

November 2020
Upcoming Conferences and Events The Naval Institute and the Loy Institute for Leadership at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are hosting a special virtual event titled “Lessons in Leadership: A ...
Graduate students are a force multiplier for research faculty, and enhancing education opportunities within the NEE lifelines has the added benefit of collocating students on a quest to solve a problem with researchers who have years of experience examining DoD problem sets.

Education Is the Next Offset

By Commanders Chad Bollmann, Warren Tomlinson, and Clay Herring, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Howard Pace Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2020
The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking to identify and develop emerging and disruptive technologies to reestablish a technology “offset” from peer and near-peer adversaries such as Russia and China.
Picking which trouble spot is most likely to provoke another great power conflict is a fool’s errand. History suggests that the spark that ignites war almost always flares far from where major events are expected. On the eve of World War I, for example, few suspected that the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo would ignite a global conflagration.

Where Will the Next War Be Fought?

By Dr. James Lacey
November 2020
Anyone attempting to predict the future is well-advised to first examine the past, for if history is not always a prelude to the future, its parallels often are uncomfortably close.
The USS Germantown (LSD-42), USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752), and USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) exercise in the Sulu Sea in 2019 with the Philippine Navy ship BRP Andrés Bonifacio.  The April 2020 revision to the capstone U.S. sea power doctrine publication—Naval Doctrine Publication 1, Naval Warfare—provides a common vision for naval warfare.

New Doctrine for Sea Power

By Rear Admiral Fred I. Pyle, U.S. Navy; Major General William F. Mullen III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired); and Rear Admiral Scott W. Clendenin, U.S. Coast Guard
November 2020
The U.S. naval service provides sea power for the security and prosperity of the nation. Throughout its history, that has been its singular mandate in an ever-changing world.
Book Review November 2020

Book Reviews

November 2020
Experts review TOPGUN’s Top 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit, No Time for Spectators, and other new and noteworthy books.
The Yuzhao-class (Type 071) amphibious transport dock Changbaishan, with two Z-8 helicopters on the flight deck.

The Amphibious Assault PLAN

By Eric Wertheim
November 2020
China’s Yuzhao-class (Type 071) amphibious transport docks (LPDs) have provided the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) with a solid foundation on which to build its rapidly improving amphibious warfare capabilities.
A Chinese construction company builds a new bridge over the Kafue River in Zambia. China’s Belt and Road Initiative could create a network of client states.

21st-Century Proxy Wars

By Captain Michael Hanson, U.S. Marine Corps   
November 2020
During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union never fought directly, squaring off instead through client states and proxy forces. Could the same happen with China?
One light amphibious warship design being considered by the Navy and Marine Corps is the stern landing vessel (SLV), built by Sea Transport Solutions, an Australian company.

Rethink the Light Amphibious Warship

By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2020
The Navy and Marine Corps have considered several light amphibious warship designs. The Navy should buy a small number of ships with the initial design and experiment.
A proper self-perspective gives sailors an understanding of the work they do and where they and their commands fit within the National Defense Strategy.


By Vice Admiral Al Konetzni Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2020
Self-perspective demands that an individual or group continually ask one question: "Where do I fit in the grand scheme of things?"
Starting with the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Strike Groups, every deploying ship will have a chaplain on board. Whatever a sailor’s definition of spiritual health, there will be a command chaplain who will listen and help them through mental health challenges. Credit: U.S. Navy (Indra Beaufort)

Moving Out on Mental Health

By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2020
The Navy has implemented several changes to make mental health services less stigmatized and more available for service members.
The assistant chief of staff (G-4) for Marine Corps Installations Command gives remarks at the Pentagon after his promotion.

Time for a Staff Officer Career Track

By Major Nathan Wood, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
December 2020
The Marine Corps does a poor job identifying good staff officers, the term “staff officer” has a negative connotation, and the service forces every officer onto the command track.

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