Navy Releases New Book, "You Cannot Surge Trust"

Story Number: NNS131028-07Release Date: 10/28/2013 11:25:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication Outreach Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command announced the hardcopy and electronic publication of their newest book, "You Cannot Surge Trust," Oct. 28.

The book, which details the combined naval operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy, 1991-2003, compiles the work of U.S. naval historians, Jeff Barlow, Ed Marolda, Randy Papadopoulos, and Gary Weir and of authors from the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

"You Cannot Surge Trust," tells the recent story of trust built among allied Sailors-the key to a maritime coalition's success. The authors offer a view of national navies operating together in the Gulf War and off the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as East Timor, and Afghanistan. The shared trust, technology, and training fostered their interoperability and are essential to US Navy leaders today, as navies increasingly rely on each other.

"You can look at 'You Cannot Surge Trust' two ways," said Sarandis "Randy" Papadopoulos, PhD., Secretariat Historian Department of the Navy, who was one of the authors of the book. "One, is that the issues that it addresses are timeless. How do you work with allies and partners? It is an enduring question and the book addresses it. Two, more immediately, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, has come up with four 'P's' that he thinks are important to how the Navy and the Department of the Navy operates - People, platforms, power, and partnerships. This book speaks to two of those issues -people and partnerships - directly. I think it's very important that Navy Sailors and operational commanders get an idea of how this was done before and 'You Cannot Surge Trust' will do that."

The book is available at

Papadopoulos believes that trust in partners may be more important to Navies than any other service.

"Virtually every operation since the Cold War and going back into the 1950s has been multinational," He said. "Trust in allies and trust by allies has been central. This is something that the Navy has been doing for an awfully long time and doing very well. I would argue that the Navies do this sort of multinational cooperation better than armies or air forces of the same country. Ships are sovereign territory and can do what national governments want them to do much more easily than troops on the ground or aircraft in the air."

Trust also brings with it another advantage, understanding of differences.

"You have to be aware of what a partner or ally will do during certain circumstances," Papadopoulos said. He recounted that for U.S. Sailors a disabling shot is aimed at the engine room of a ship but for Dutch Sailors that same disabling shot is aimed at the bridge. "Those are two radically different ways to get at the same problem. If you don't know what your ally is going to do when you order a ship stopped, it's going to get complicated."

Naval History and Heritage Command's Director pointed out why the timing of this publication is unusually significant.

"I am proud to add it to the long list of knowledge products our command has delivered to leadership, to the fleet, and to the naval historical community," said Capt. Henry Hendrix, director of Naval History. "What's also significant is it puts our uniquely capable talent and resources to work to directly and meaningfully help shape understanding of our Navy today. This kind of relevance is increasingly important as our national leaders grapple with very tough decisions about what's most important to our country's security."

The NHHC publications section offers many resources for anyone wanting to know about Navy history, and are working hard to make more available every day online.

"NHHC and its predecessor organizations have long published a range of products under an official publisher's imprint-everything from reference books on aviation squadrons to illustrated histories of the numbered fleets," said Caitlin Conway, NHHC publications writer-editor. "In addition to scholarly studies like You Cannot Surge Trust, NHHC produces documentary histories of the early Navy, commemorative booklets on modern wars, narratives on diversity and leadership, and related materials on the web."

She says that it is important to maintain the documents in many formats for NHHC's audience.

"Publishing in multiple formats and distributing through multiple channels allows us to reach our unique audience, including sailors serving overseas and at sea," she said. "Since Navy leadership, operational units, and other defense agencies use our products to understand the historical context of current issues and challenges, it is important for us to publish information on every era, from a variety of perspectives, in a variety of formats. We execute NHHC's mission not only to tell the Navy's story but to make it widely accessible to the public."

In addition to the PDF already available on NHHC's web page, hardcopy editions of the book will be stocked at the Government Printing Office GPO), and those interested can visit the GPO bookstore online at

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