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Water Scarcity, Conflict, and the U.S. Navy

Contents: Historical Precedent Scope of the Problem Yemen: A Case Study Prescription A Role for the Navy Appendix A: Maps Bibliography Christian Perkins 55th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference Domestic Category Prize Winner Historical Precedent Since its inception, the … Continue reading

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The Essence of Intelligence Work is Preparation for War: How “Strategy” Infiltrated the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1882-1889

Contents: “Little More than an Armored Target” The Strategical Awakening Early Developments in U.S. Naval Intelligence The Establishment of ONI ONI’s Strategical Mission Conclusions Scott Mobley University of Wisconsin—Madison “Little More than an Armored Target” Standing on a bridge wing … Continue reading

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Eyes of the Ospreys: An Analysis of RAF Coastal Command’s Operational Research Section in Counter-U-Boat Operations

Contents: Background on the Situation Courses of Action Taken Analysis of Results and Consequences Bibliography Timothy A. Walton Independent Scholar In his declaration of war, President Woodrow Wilson protested: “German submarine warfare against commerce is a warfare against mankind.” 1 … Continue reading

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Repair Work and Naval Musical Chairs: Conflict and Cooperation in Anglo-American Naval Relations in 1941

Contents: Background: Infrastructure Changes Early Discussions on Anglo-American Pacific Policy Pacific Policy Differences ABC-1 Talks The Repair Requests The Rest of the Story Conclusion Corbin Williamson Ohio State University David Reynolds has described the years 1940 and 1941 as the … Continue reading

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“Every ship in the Fleet must be Eused like men”: The Royal Navy Mutinies in Simon’s and Table Bay, 1797

Contents: Introduction A Breeze at Simon’s Bay The Little Nore The Forecastle culture and the Tripartite Sailor The Sailor in His Own Words Conclusion Bibliography Allison Funk Independent Researcher Introduction 1 In the wake of the vast multi-ship mutinies of England’s … Continue reading

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USS Kirk: Leadership Amidst Chaos, A Legacy of Survival

Abigail Wiest Sacred Heart Catholic School Hattiesburg, MS I chose my topic of the U.S.S. Kirk because I had a deep interest in the fall of Saigon.  I had heard about this topic in class, and it instantly grabbed my attention. … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: The Yangtze River Patrol Collection

John Sanders Special Collections & Archives Dudley Knox Library Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California Wednesday, April 26, 1911: “Got into tail of typhoon about 5 a.m. Sea roughest experienced yet. Lucky we are heading into it. Eased up a bit … Continue reading

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Giving Teeth to the Carter Doctrine: The Marine Corps Makes the Case for its Strategic Relevance, 1977-1981

  “…the Marine Corps is in serious trouble…The brutal truth is that a growing number of defense analysts regard the Marine Corps as an under-gunned, slow-moving monument to a bygone era in warfare.” 1 – William Lind and Jeffrey Record, … Continue reading

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The Development of Modern Counter-piracy Initiatives in Southeast Asia: Vietnamese Boat Refugees and Alternative Incidents 1979-1997

Robert C. McCabe Maynooth University Introduction Between 2009 and 2012, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialised division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), recorded 648 reports of actual and attempted pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and … Continue reading

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Swimming in the ‘Fishpond’ or Solidarity with the ‘Beresfordian Syndicate’: An Analysis of the Inquiry by the Subcommittee of Imperial Defence into Naval Policy, 1909

Keith McLay Canterbury Christ Church University Modern histories of the army and navy have long recognised that these institutions are in respect of their external and internal relationships, sui generis, political. The former relations, typically manifest in a competition for … Continue reading

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Taking the Moral High Ground: The United States, Privateering, and Immunity of Private Property at Sea

Michael J. Crawford Naval History and Heritage Command On 12 April 1961 President John F. Kennedy lodged with the secretary general of the United Nations the 1958 United Nations Convention on the High Seas, which the Senate had ratified. 1 … Continue reading

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Changing American Perceptions of the Royal Navy Since 1775

John B. Hattendorf Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, U.S. Naval War College There are many dimensions to a navy. At its most obvious, a navy is an expression of a nation’s power, but at the same time it … Continue reading

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Naval History and Heroes: The Influence of U.S. and British Navalism on Children’s Writing, 1895-1914

By Hazel Sheeky Bird Independent Scholar, Great Britain At the beginning of the twentieth century, a great number of navalist books were produced for children in Britain and America. 1  Navalism, namely the belief that sea power is integral to … Continue reading

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Strategic Logic of the American “Pivot to the Pacific”

William Kyle University of Mary Washington, Class of 2013 Five years of Obama administration foreign policy are now in the history books as we continue to move beyond the Global War on Terror era. While the jury is still out … Continue reading

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Learning to Fail: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century from the Pacific War

Brent Powers Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Introduction As the U.S. military finds itself several years into its rebalancing to the Pacific, with an unspoken focus on China, today’s naval officers would recognize the conditions that their pre-World War II forebears faced. … Continue reading

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