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CEO Notes

September 2020
Updates on the Foundation, Press, and the next Maritime Security Dialogue on 28 September with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael M. Gilday on diversity in the Navy.
Though small, the ten-seat Wigetworks Airfish 8 wing-in-ground-effect aircraft demonstrates the commercial viability of the technology. The craft’s “reverse-delta” wingform creates a body of “stagnation air” underneath that helps it fly efficiently when close to the surface.

Modern Sea Monsters

By Captain Walker D. Mills, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Commander Dylan “Joose” Phillips-Levine, U.S. Navy, and Captain Joshua Taylor, U.S. Navy
September 2020
Wing-in-ground-effect aircraft are ideal for the Navy and Marine Corps’ vision of how they would fight a Pacific war.

Top Gun Flight Jacket’s Hidden Messages

By Commander Michael Dahm, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2020
The vintage flight jacket worn by Maverick in the first Top Gun film has been altered for the second. But why did the Galveston patch appear on the original jacket?
F35Cs fly with FA-18 Super Hornets on their way to Naval Air Station Fallon to begin the airframe’s integration into the training complex. The Navy’s focus on non-joint air operations has left its carrier air wings underprepared for the high-end fight.

Train Like You Fight

By Lieutenant Commander Patrick J. “Fonda” Bouchoux, U.S. Navy
September 2020
To win the next fight, the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps tactical aviation communities must train jointly.
DARE participants are broken into groups and asked to brainstorm potential answers to two challenge questions posed by one of the Sea Service chiefs.

DARE 2020: Gather, Think, Innovate

By Commander Brooke Millard, U.S. Coast Guard, and Lieutenant Commander Eric Zilberman, U.S. Navy
September 2020
A recap of the Naval Institute's annual DARE Innovation Workshop, held concurrently with the WEST conference in San Diego.
Book Reviews

Book Reviews

September 2020
Reviews of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' new book, books on reforming the Pentagon, what the concept of obedience means in a military context, and more.
At Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, a Navy and Air Force pilot demonstrate a maneuver during a debriefing session after an air combat maneuvering mission. They are participating in a Joint Air Combat Tactics Training Program established to expose each service to the other’s air combat concepts (circa 1972).

From Our Archive

September 2020
At Naval Air Station Oceana, a Navy and Air Force pilot demonstrate a maneuver during a debriefing session after an air combat maneuvering mission.
Dependence on the sea for critical resources has been key in Japan’s development as a maritime nation.

Japan and the 21st-Century Oceans

By Captain Lawson Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
September 2020
The stakes are high for Japan as the world’s third largest economy and one of the nations most dependent on the oceans.
Information warfare can inspire armed conflict.

The Information Game

By Major Brian Kerg, U.S. Marine Corps
September 2020
An information operation inspires an Islamist uprising against a prison camp in Xinjiang province, China, and against Chinese interests elsewhere.
Given the likely involvement of both civilian and naval vessels and attempts by all sides to shape the narrative, details on any future skirmish in the Asia-Pacific region may be difficult to discern. Shutterstock

The World Wonders

By August Cole and P. W. Singer
September 2020
Proceedings asked several frequent contributors how the next conflict might start. This is the second in that series.
After intelligence discovered China’s plan for aggression against Taiwan, U.S. diplomacy coopted regional nations to mount a unified front in isolating Beijing.

The War that Never Was: Part Two

By Admiral James A. Winnefeld, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Michael J. Morell
September 2020
Proceedings recently asked several frequent contributors how the next conflict might start. This third essay presents an alternative scenario to the first in the series.

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