Lieutenant Commander Adams is executive officer of the USS Honolulu (SSN-718) and a frequent contributor to Proceedings.

Articles by David Adams

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Follow the Bear

By Commander David A. Adams, U.S. Navy, Major Kevin Norton, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Schmitt, U.S. Army, and Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson E. Turner, U.S. Air Force
February 2010
Much of the former Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan was a disaster, but some of the successes should be studied closely.
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Seven Minutes to Midnight

By Commander David Adams, USN
May 2007
Instead of Iraqi Freedom-style regime change, we should adopt a strategy that preempts threats ala Carl von Clausewitz and masters the maritime principles championed by Alfred Thayer Mahan.
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We Believe in Command, Not Staff

By Lieutenant Commander David Adams, USN
March 2005
The nation's defense ultimately depends on command leaders with vision, decisiveness, and the courage of strong convictions—people like Arleigh Burke.

Managing China's Transition

By Lieutenant Commander David A. Adams, USN
July 2003
As it moves away from communism, China’s strategy is to use such forces as advanced missile batteries, diesel submarines, and Russian-built destroyers to dominate the Asian region. The United States ...
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Walking the Missile Defense Tightrope

By Lieutenant David A. Adams, U.S. Navy
September 1998
Mahan got it right when he wrote, "Every danger of a military character to which the United States is exposed is best met outside her territory—at sea." Today, one of ...

Chance Second Chances

By Lieutenant David A. Adams, USN
June 1998
The Navy needs to end the zero-defects game and return to its traditional moral standards.
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Innovation for the Interwar Years

By Captain James Carman, U.S. Navy; Colonel Mitchell Triplett, U.S. Marine Corps; Commander James Nault, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant Commander Russell Bartlett, U.S. Navy; and Lieutenant David Adams, U.S. Navy
February 1998
The US Navy developed and fielded new capabilities in the years between WWI and WWII, but the Cold War and subsequent developments have raised the bar for US military peacetime ...
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We Are Not Invincible

By Lieutenant David Adams, U.S. Navy
May 1997
The littoral is potentially the bloodiest arena in which a modern navy has ever dared to fight, yet we continue to encourage the public expectation of quick victory with few—if ...