Proceedings Magazine - October 1996 Volume 122/10/1,124

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The crude pipe bomb that exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Olympic Games resulted in two dead and more than a hundred wounded. But what if the bomb had been laced with a...
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  • Combating the New Terrorism
    By Chris Seiple
    The crude pipe bomb that exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Olympic Games resulted in two dead and more than a hundred wounded. But what if the bomb had been laced with a chemical and\or biological agent?
    ...
  • Correcting the Record Isn't Easy
    By Charles W. Gittins
    Peace has come at a price for the nation’s standing armed forces: the reduction of U.S. combat forces and a concomitant shrinking of opportunity for service members—officer and enlisted alike—to advance in the ranks and reach...
  • Big Commitments, Little Cash
    By Gregg T. Smith

    Faced with the block obsolescence of its low-end escort force, the Navy is focusing on high-end replacements. Unable to produce the needed numbers of ships, this course could make tomorrow’s seas very busy and very...

  • Designed for the Job
    By Kenneth S. Brower and Captain Janies W. Kehoe, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Current U.S. Navy ship design criteria and practices can produce capable blue-water warships, but what the Navy needs is a small combatant specially suited for littoral warfare. An analysis of other countries...

  • Here Is the Fun
    By Lieutenant George S. Capen, U.S. Navy

    Surface warfare is full of fun and excitement. It is also extremely demanding, however, and negative leadership has sullied the profession. It is time to rewrite our leadership curriculum, to drive out fear, and make surface warfare...

  • The Fix Is In: Fire Support Returns
    By Lieutenant Commander Clarence T. Morgan, U.S. Navy

    To execute maneuver warfare from the sea successfully, the Navy and Marine Corps must improve naval surface fire support (NSFS) capabilities significantly.

  • New Threat—New Ships—New Armor
    By Lieutenant Shawn Hart, U.S. Naval Reserve

    U.S. naval vessels responding to the over-the-horizon exigencies of the Cold War have evolved into champions with long reaches—and glass jaws.

    Their lightweight aluminum-steel construction renders them...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But..."and So Goes the Glory of the SWO"
    By Lieutenant John P. Patch, U.S. Navy

    In the classic film The Caine Mutiny, Ensign Willie Keith’s painful decision for harsh sea duty in the USS Caine over a more comfortable staff billet ashore reflects the contemporary plight of the Navy’s surface warfare officers (SWOs...

  • "(Not Quite) The (Almost) End of the Frigate"
    By Captain Donald Loren, U.S. Navy

    As difficult as it is for a traditional “tin can sailor” to acknowledge the truths Norman Polmar discusses in his article, “The (Almost) End of the Frigate” (July 1995 Proceedings), some additional observations must be...

  • After Three Centuries
    By Fleet Admiral Felix Gromov, Russian Federation Navy

    As the Russian Navy honors its 300-year history and looks to the future, emerging from upheaval, just as it has done several times in the past.

    This year, we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy. Its history is...

  • Renaissance Admiral
    By Norman Polmar

    The Russian Navy owes its 300-year longevity to a youthful visionary who called himself admiral, general, and tsar.

    Three centuries ago. Tsar Peter I (1672-1725) founded the Russian Navy. After being defeated in...

  • A Bird in Hand
    By Colonel Jack Grace, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Applying new technological breakthroughs to military missions requires careful consideration and an incremental approach—in other words, an evolution, not a revolution. The best example of this is the successful CH-53E...

  • Bound in Shallows and Miseries?
    By Richard Boyle
    Released from the pressure of the Cold War, but uncertain what will evolve in the new environment, the Navy is in the optimum position to begin a new era of submarine prototyping. This sketch of a possible littoral submarine design...
  • Pacific Friendship
    By Naoyuki Agawa and James E. Auer
    Post-World War II, the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force have developed a close and trusted relationship. The resolve to maintain and improve that cooperation is critical to keeping the Pacific Rim truly pacific....
  • A Littoral Leader
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Taking maneuver warfare to sea certainly sounds like a 20th-century concept, but more than two hundred years ago, Admiral Horatio Nelson was practicing its tenets—innovation, adaptability, commander’s will, and...

  • Finding Doctrine's Future in the Past
    By Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Doctrine is getting a lot of attention in today's Navy—for good reason. For one thing, the ability to apply sound doctrine correlates with the Navy’s ability to carry out its missions with its smallest force since the 1930s...

  • Hot Pursuit Up the Sounds
    By Ivan Musicant
    As strategically decisive Civil War naval battles went, the Union’s combined operation against North Carolina’s Roanoke Island meant relatively little. But its amphibious aspects—and logistical problems—were...
  • Colder Than Hell
    By First Lieutenant Joseph R. Owen, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A personal account of rifle company Baker-One-Seven’s experiences at Chosin during the first uncertain months of the Korean War, Colder than Hell, due out this month from the Naval Institute Press, weaves the reminiscences of many...

  • Professional Notes

    What’s Wrong with Continuity, Consistency, and Professionalism?

    By Lieutenant Commander John Hannon, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    A Question of Honor

    Jeffrey Gantar and Tom Patten. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996. 204 pp. Photos. $16.99 ($15.29).

    Reviewed by Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)...

  • World Naval Developments: It's People, Stupid . . .
    By Norman Friedman, Author, Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons System

    As the defense budget inevitably shrinks, attention is concentrated on appropriate choices of hardware and on savings attainable by closing and consolidating bases. At this point, there must be some question as to how much more can...

  • Points of Interest: Challenging Broken Health Care Promises
    By Tom Philpott

    A Medal of Honor winner hopes by next year to answer a question gnawing at a lot of military retirees: Can the government break its promise of free medical care for life?

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The 32,780-ton Clemenceau is to be decommissioned in September 1997, leaving the French Navy a single-carrier force for the foreseeable future. Sister Foch is to be laid up on completion of the nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle (currently...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Launched on 24 December 1943, the USS Wilkes-Barre (CL-103) was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 1 July 1944 with Captain Robert Porter, Jr. in Command. Following shakedown training, the Wilkes-Barre sailed for San Diego...

  • Comment & Discussion

    “John Has To Do It Because Jane Can’t”

    (See P.D. Rogers, p. 46, September 1996 Proceedings)

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