Proceedings Magazine - March 1999 Volume 125/3/1,153

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  • Honor in Uniform
    By T. Scott and T. Greenwood

    President Bill Clinton's recent impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate serve to remind us that the U.S. military must remain vigilant and faithful through all domestic turmoil. Our enemies are poised to exploit...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Let's Fix Retention Now"

    (See M. Butler, pp. 28-30, February 1999 Proceedings)

    Senior Chief Navy Counselor Paul Pierce, U.S. Navy—Some of Master Chief Butler's assumptions about...

  • Commanders Respond

    Commanders of the world's navies answered this year's question: Given the proliferation of new naval communications systems, data links, plus complex weapon systems such as Aegis, what is your Navy doing to operate...

  • End of the Continental Century
    By Brigadier Robert Alan Fry, Royal Marine

    Prize Winner, International Navies Essay Contest

    The 20th century has been an era of continentalist powers—Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China—but the conditions associated with maritime dominance are again in...

  • SAN Can Lead the African Renaissance
    By Commander D. G. Jamieson, South African Navy

    First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    The most operational fleet in Africa, the South African Navy is the best equipped to help the continent establish the regional security needed for economic growth and...

  • How Far Will the Dragon Swim?
    By Lieutenant Commander Wayne R. Hugar, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    China is expanding its presence in international waters and protection of its vital maritime trade may be the primary rationale.

  • U.S. TLAMs Give Britain More Options
    By Lee Willett

    The purchase of 65 U.S. Tomahawk missiles—test fired by the Splendidin late 1998—will provide Britain with a warfighting capacity to shape the battlespace and expanded options for crisis management.

  • Swedish Navy Mixes Evolution and Revolution to Launch Stealth Multimission Corvette
    By Captain Thomas E. Engevall, Royal Swedish Navy

    The Royal Swedish Navy's first stealth ship, the corvette Visby, is in production and soon to be commissioned. The first series of four ships of the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby class offers a unique combination...

  • A French Expeditionary Force Without Conscripts
    By Captain George A. Bloch, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Reflecting France's many overseas commitments, French paratroopers from the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment evacuated noncombatants from the Republic of the Congo in August 1998. The decision to end conscription and rely on a...

  • "Early and Forward": A New Strategic Concept for the Italian Navy
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    The Italian Navy increasingly will rely on its amphibious warfare and replenishment platforms—led by the helicopter carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi and Stromboli-class oilers—to create a force capable of projecting power into the...

  • International Law Still Applies in Mine Warfare
    By Rear Admiral Chris H. Bennett, South African Navy (Retired)

    The USS Ernest G. Small lost her bow to a mine, and nine other U.S. Navy ships were damaged or sunk by mines during the Korean War, largely because of a shortage of minesweepers—which were discarded in great numbers after World...

  • World Navies in Review
    By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    Changes in the force levels of the world's navies were no less dynamic in 1998 than in recent years, with a surprising number of new programs underway despite the lack of discernable threats. To a considerable extent, the answer to why...

  • Remember Bengtskär!
    By Cris Whetton

    For Finland, the 26 July 1941 Battle of Bengtskar was akin to the Alamo in the United States—a victory with both military and moral significance. For Russia, it was the beginning of the end of its brief occupation of the port of Hanko...

  • If You Give Us the Mission, Tell Us the Facts
    By Commander Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy

    A "secret" U.S. policy shift away from the threat to use immediate military force against Iraq left U.N. inspectors exposed. And it raises the question of whether the U.S. government could be tempted to place its own military...

  • Changing Amphibious Command Relationships
    By Lieutenant Colonel Norman C. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps

    New operational concepts have blurred the line between land and sea, to allow amphibious assault forces to maintain tempo. This makes traditional command relationships that divide the landing force and the amphibious task force outdated....

  • Responding to Two-Dimensional Terrorism
    By Lieutenant Commander David G. Kibble, Royal Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Osama bin Laden and his followers cannot accept the complexities of the real political world, and so continue with terrorist acts such as the bombing that rocked the U.S. embassy in Nairobi in August 1998.

  • Bring Back ASW - Now!
    By Lieutenant Commander Art Doney, USN, and Lieutenant Steve Deal, USN

    Integral Navy submarine hunting skills and assets are falling by the wayside. For example, the S-3 Vikings no longer are in the antisubmarine warfare business.

  • VP + VQ + VPU = VPR?
    By Lieutenant Robert McCord, USN

    Sidebar: The Joint Factor
    Sidebar: The Forgotten P-3
    As the Navy searches for a new Multi- mission Aircraft to replace many...

  • Does "Justice" Go Too Far?
    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard

    The mandates of the Coast Guard Personnel Manual upon anyone who is found in Article 15 proceedings to have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) are set in stone. These mandates, which summarily halt advancement and...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Real Pay Table Reform
    By Maser Chief Electronics Technician Curt Haggard, U.S. Navy

    It is time to take a new approach to the enlisted base pay system. The current pay table has been incrementally changed so many times that it has developed numerous inequities. It rewards time in service (TIS) over time in rate (TIR)—...

  • Book Reviews

    The Collapse of the Soviet Military

    William E. Odam. New Haven, CT: Yale University, 1998. 523 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50).

    Reviewed by Richard F. Staar

  • Naval Systems: Phalanx Radar/Rolling Airframe Missile Combination Offers Promise
    By Ed Walsh

    Engineers for Raytheon's Missile Systems business unit and RAMSys of Germany are working toward a target date of early next year to complete the first mount of the Sea-RAM shipboard self-defense system. The Sea-RAM, which the team is...

  • Points of Interest: Closing the Pay Gap?
    By Tom Philpott

    If the Senate Armed Services Committee has its way, 1999 will be a standout year for military compensation, the kind that pops up only once or twice in a service member's career. Soon after the 106th Congress convened in January, the...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    We Bomb Iraq—Again

    The December strikes on Iraq are a particularly good illustration of the new kind of warfare advertised as Joint Vision 2010 and Network-Centric Warfare. It now appears that the focus of the raids was Sadaam...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Patrol Squadron 13 (VP-13) was established on 1 July 1940, formed at Naval Air Station San Diego, California, from personnel from VP-14. Equipped with PB2Y-1 Coronado flying boats, the squadron began flying long surveillance patrols and flights...


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