Proceedings Magazine - May 2003, Vol. 129/5/1,203

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I wish every member could have joined us for our 129th Annual Meeting and 13th Annapolis Seminar. While we had some negative news to report—primarily an operating deficit for 2002—the...




  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

    In the June Proceedings, Captain Eyer in his “Charting a Course” column introduced retired Navy Admiral William...


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  • Proceedings Survey: What is your favorite Navy rating symbol?

    U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—literally wear their jobs on their sleeves. A new policy outlined in Navy in NAVADMIN 218/16 will change all that. Most past and current Sailors will likely feel...

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  • Publisher's Page

    I wish every member could have joined us for our 129th Annual Meeting and 13th Annapolis Seminar. While we had some negative news to report—primarily an operating deficit for 2002—the spirit and energy at this year's event were...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "UAVs Need Doctrine & Tactics"

    (See W. Johnson, pp. 37-39, April 2003 Proceedings)

    Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy—Commander Johnson is exactly right when he calls for a Navy unmanned aerial...

  • You Can't Assume Nothin'
    By Colonel John M. Collins, USA (Ret.)

    The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, in concert with a few faithful allies, performed amazing feats during the first three weeks of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aerial bombardment obliterated key enemy facilities in Baghdad...

  • Penetrate-Isolate-Subvert-Reorient-Reharmonize
    By Captain Dan Moore, USN

    What strategy caused the Iraqi regime to collapse? What must the United States and Britain do to consolidate the fleeting gains of a historic military victory? PISRR: penetrate-isolate-subvert-reorient-reharmonize.

    In the final...

  • Mine Countermeasures a Success
    By Rear Admiral Paul Ryan, U.S. Navy

    Mine countermeasures operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom have been an unqualified success: the continued presence of U.S.

  • Navy Cannot Rest on Its Laurels
    By Vice Admiral Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.)

    The naval war in Iraq is now history. In fact, Task Force History, a group of historians and other professionals skilled in interview and collection, is already on board ships, at headquarters, and at other command nodes gathering first-hand...

  • Military Not Complaining about the Coverage
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, USMCR (Ret.)

    The war in Iraq was only a week old when CNN treated its audience to a brief but remarkable event: for a couple of minutes, amidst pictures of missiles and artillery shells exploding against the night sky over Baghdad, the cable network broadcast...

  • Our Flag Has Meaning
    By Lieutenant Commander Daniel P. "Skip" Shaw, U.S. Navy

    Recently I was asked about the flag. It was a pretty innocuous question: "How does that make you feel to watch the flag at colors?" I answered the question and went about my business. Later, while sitting in my stateroom, I reflected on...

  • Both Gulf Wars Offer Lessons
    By Norman Friedman

    As this is written, the war for Iraq is entering its third week. At least some Iraqis are resisting—perhaps much more stubbornly than expected—because the stakes are high for them. They also are high for us, which is why their...

  • Net-centric Fogs Accountability
    By Captain Chris Johnson, USN (Ret.)

    Winner—Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Linked by high-tech communications systems, commanding officers never again will be alone at sea. They are at the tip of a spear whose aim is now influenced by thousands of well-...

  • Persistent Combat Power
    By Admiral Vern Clark, USN
  • No Time for the Draft
    By Captain J. F. Kelly Jr., USN (Ret.)

    With a long and difficult struggle facing us in the war on terrorism and the military services stretched thin, it was inevitable that talk of bringing back the draft would surface. And so it did when Charles Rangel (D-NY), representing New York...

  • Lest We Forget: Strike Fighter Squadron 127 (VFA-127)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Strike Fighter Squadron 127 (VFA-127) originally was established as Attack Squadron 127 (VA-127) on 15 June 1962, formed at the new naval air station at Lemoore, California. Equipped with F9F-8T (TF-9J) Cougar jets, the VA-127 Royal Blues...

  • DHS: 'Not a Silver Bullet': An Interview with William Webster

    He resigned as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 1978 to accept an appointment as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a position he held until 1987, when he assumed the directorship of the...

  • Should Marines "Join" Special Operations Command?
    By W. Hays Parks

    The Marine Corps has announced it will assign selected personnel to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSO-Com). A purported result would be "a major Marine organization within special operations, on a par with the Navy's Sea, Air,...

  • Rebalancing the Fleet Round 2
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, USN

    Second Prize—Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    "A country can, or will, pay only so much for its war fleet…Will you have a few very big ships, or more numerous medium ships? Where will you strike your mean between...

  • What Shall It Profit a Man?
    By Commander Kevin S. J. Eyer, U.S. Navy

    Third Prize—Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Naval officers have a responsibility to care for their people and to carry out the orders of their seniors, but if they perform these functions without consideration of the mission...

  • Military Not Complaining about Coverage
    by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, USMCR (Ret.)

    The war in Iraq was only a week old when CNN treated its audience to a brief but remarkable event: for a couple of minutes, amidst pictures of missiles and artillery shells exploding against the night sky over Baghdad, the cable network broadcast...

  • Adapting Is Key for Casualty Care
    By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Commanders must think creatively to provide casualty care in the dynamic environment of combat.

  • New Doctrine Must Be Flexible and Dynamic
    By Dr. Milan Vego

    The Navy is rewriting its guiding doctrine publication for the first time in 50 years. It will prepare tomorrow’s combat commanders to make good and quick decisions involving tactical or strategic factors.

  • Forward . . . From the Start
    By Captain Peter Swartz, USN (Ret.)

    The U.S. Navy has a long history of contributing to homeland defense. But its most effective way of keeping the nation secure is and always has been the capability of deploying and striking far forward.

    Following the 11 September...

  • The U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    Crisis and conflict challenged the Navy throughout 2002 and into 2003. Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terrorism "red-lined" operational and personnel tempos, and underscored the nation's critical need for highly...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    As President George W. Bush explained in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in June 2002, U.S. security requires a military "ready to strike at a moment's notice in any dark corner of the world." During the past year, the Marine...

  • The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    On 1 March 2003, the Coast Guard transferred from the Department of Transportation (DoT) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During an emotional "change of the watch" ceremony, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta praised...

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch and Captain James J. McNamara

    This year finds the nation and its armed forces alerted, activated, and at war with Iraq and against the ideologies and systems of terrorism. By the end of April 2003, U.S. and coalition forces had taken control of Iraq and dusted the Hussein...

  • Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments
    By David L. Parsons

    The past year proved to be momentous as Operation Enduring Freedom continued to rely on a wide range of naval aviation assets, and the Naval Air Systems Command team continued to make advances in research, development, and testing. Enduring...

  • Congressional Watch
    by Bradley Peniston

    Dire words had not yet erupted into war when the looming conflict began to roil the budget-hearing season on Capitol Hill. For the second time in George W. Bush's presidential tenure, White House decisions played havoc with the traditional...

  • Notable Naval Books
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Year after year, authors and publishers produce a steady stream of books about wars past, present, and to come. Last year that stream flowed as far back as the early days of the Roman Empire; it reached near flood level when it came to the...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... An Expeditionary Air Force Needs Tailhooks
    By Lieutenant Commander Henry Hendrix, U.S. Navy

    For much of the past decade, even as it has struggled to formalize its "expeditionary" concept of operations, the Air Force has struggled to obtain (and maintain) rights to base aircraft in foreign lands during periods of combat. During...

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  • Naval Systems: Industry Pushing Advanced Technology for Shipboard Power
    By Ed Walsh

    The Power Systems Group of L-3 Communications SPD Technologies division last month delivered a prototype power-conversion module, designated PCM-3, for use with the Navy's integrated "fight-through" power system (IFTPS) test bed in...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Of four 6,000-7,000-ton guided-missile destroyers building at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai for the Chinese People's Army Navy, two of an initial version referred to as Project 052B—launched in September 2001 and on 25 May 2002...

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