A New Edition
RICHARD C. BARNARD, Editor in Chief
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES
Volume 50, Number 2, February 2007
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In this issue, we take a look at
the road ahead for Deepwater, the
Coast Guard procurement program.
In a trenchant commentary on page
3, John A. Panneton, national president of the Navy League, notes that
the Coast Guard is taking the right
steps to “correct the systemic
faults” that led to the deployment of
eight patrol boats that never should
have gone to the fleet.
On page 12, Assistant
Editor David W.
Munns covers the sea
change under way in
the Coast Guard’s
We also offer coverage of steps the Navy
is taking to improve its
prowess at antisubmarine warfare. Seapower
Correspondent Amy Klamper reports (p.
16) on one future possibility: a
mobile, autonomous underwater
surveillance network capable of
detecting and tracking ships, submarines and other hostile objects in
the shallows. This project, called
PLUSNet, is on the leading edge of
some enticing emerging technologies. The potential payoff is huge.
The subject of our “Interview”
this month is the new chief of the
Maritime Administration, Sean T.
Connaughton, who is dealing with
a diverse array of issues, including
congestion at the nation’s major
ports, which anticipate growth of
200-300 percent during the next 15
years. Can all ports handle that
level of growth, and will the supporting road and rail systems keep
pace? To answer those questions,
Connaughton proposes the creation
of a national port strategy devised
by all stakeholders. Making that a
reality will be tough test of his skills
as a consensus builder.
As always, Seapower is covering
the future. Enjoy.
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Stephen R. Pietropaoli
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Richard C. Barnard
Peter E. Atkinson
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David W. Munns
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