U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings


Whose ‘Sacred Cows’ are these?

An article in the January 2012 issue of Proceedings by Senior Chief Jim Murphy, USN (ret.), proposes an interesting approach to meeting budgetary cuts that will inevitably need to be made among the American sea services. It is available free to non-subscribers here. Murphy suggests a true top-to-bottom ‘zero-based’ review […]

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The maritime security requirement is under appreciated

In 2007, the federal government launched the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors. The goal of the strategy is “to provide a quick, reliable, and secure transportation network between North American markets and markets in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia via the Suez Canal.” The […]

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‘Influence Squadrons’ for Canada?

Pertinent to this discussion and David Mugridge’s op-ed piece is an article by Cdr. Henry J. Hendrix, USN, in the April issue of USNI Proceedings (“More Hendersons, Less Bonds,” full version available here: http://bit.ly/caWisw). The author offers an interesting and insightful articulation of the utility of “influence squadrons” and heightened […]

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Attracting and keeping people with a new vision

The navy is in a bind, and it is a bad one.  The money needed to run the service and to reinvest in new ships is not in the budget.  To make matters worse, it is approximately 20 percent short of people, mostly in the technical trades.  What to do? […]

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Is a navy without ships still a navy?

The subtitle of this commentary is ‘pinched’ from a provocative article in the current issue of Proceedings magazine by U.S. Navy Captain R.V. Gusentine.  The author is a Joint Specialty Officer with 23 years of active-duty service and is currently the director for operations, Special Operations Command, Pacific.You can read […]

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Mixed messages from U.S. naval leaders on international relations

My Broadside of November 26, 2008 was based on the recently released U.S. National Intelligence Council publication Global Trends 2025. It foresees the diminution of U.S. global power and influence due to a combination of trends, events and the changing relative strengths of emerging countries, NGOs, and non state actors. […]

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A reply to ‘Amphion’

Amphion is not the only naval personage musing about the future of the Canadian naval fleet. His comments are serious food for thought as innovative choices and decisions are required to meet the challenges created by the sovereign players and less than sovereign forces in the ever more competitive world. […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty?

The problem [of acquiring nuclear submarines, as suggested by Keith Spicer,] is not so much the acquisition cost as it is the cost of training, infrastructure and operating the boats. The political aspects cannot be ignored either. The result I suspect is that the nuclear submarine becomes as onerous to […]

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