Proceedings Magazine - November 2003 Vol. 129/11/1,209

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The Naval Institute's hunt for a new CEO/Publisher is over. Tom Wilkerson accepted the Board of Directors' offer to become the Naval Institute's new leader. Tom Wilkerson is a retired...




  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

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


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • 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

    The Naval Institute's hunt for a new CEO/Publisher is over. Tom Wilkerson accepted the Board of Directors' offer to become the Naval Institute's new leader. Tom Wilkerson is a retired Marine major general F/A-18 pilot who has been...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Market Forces Might Delay Moore's Law

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Naval Technology Development Must Change" (See D. Lewis, p. 2, October 2003 Proceedings)

    Captain Chris Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired)-Captain Lewis's insightful commentary leads us to detect a much broader problem in Navy...

  • Sea Trial: Enabler for a Transformed Fleet
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, USN
  • Tom Bartlett Marine Corps Photo Contest Winners

    Each year the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, in association with the U.S. Naval Institute, honors the memory of one of the Marine Corps' most revered photojournalists, retired Master Sergeant Tom Bartlett, in the annual...

  • Interview: Lieutenant General James T. Conway

    Lieutenant General James T. Conway, Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force and senior Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom—at center, discussing operations in the lobby of Iraqi secret police headquarters in...

  • President Bush Deserved Better
    By Lieutenant General John H. Cushman, U.S. Army (Ret.)

    On 8 September, a somber President George W. Bush told the nation that accomplishing his goals in Iraq would take a lot more money and a lot more time than the public had been led to believe. He deserved better from his military.

  • Fair Is Fair . . . Even after 70 Years
    By Lieutenant General V. H. Krulak, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 31 May 1934. Of the 342 members in my graduating class, 25 were selected for a commission in the Marine Corps. I was one of them. After we threw our hats in the air, the prospective Navy ensigns were...

  • National Interests Trump World Organizations
    By Edward Bernard Glick

    What is the connection between the United Nations, public opinion, and state sovereignty? First, the United Nations is not the world's government. Second, its delegates are not international civil servants, but employees of the states that...

  • Facing a Future without Front Lines
    By Captain G. John David, U.S. Marine Corps

    Today in Iraq, elusive foes using terrorist and guerrilla tactics are proving more deadly than the now-defunct Saddam Hussein regime was in the "conventional" phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We ignore asymmetric warfare, which...

  • Civil Affairs Is the Invisible Force
    By Lieutenant Commander Alan Spira, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve, Colonel Paul E. Beckhart, U.S. Marine Corps, and Captain David R. Woodard, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Unknown to most Marines, civil affairs officers are a small but vital part of the Corps. Providing an essential link between military operations and civilian populations (such as these Marine civil affairs officers handing out water to Iraqi...

  • Measuring the War on Terrorism
    By Lieutenant Commander Greg D. Rowe, U.S. Naval Reserve

    After the attacks of 11 September 2001, the concerns and sentiments of others regarding the United States began to matter more than ever before. It was not so much the extremist rhetoric of the terrorists, which we had heard before, but the...

  • Clowns to the Left of Me . . .
    By Captain Dan McSweeney, U.S. Marine Corps

    A Marine Corps public affairs officer and his media embeds ride the "clown cart" to help tell the story of the war in Iraq.

    Charlie scrawled "clown cart" in magic marker on the back of a wooden Saddam sign and...

  • Interview: General Raymond G. Davis, USMC (Ret.): 'They Never Faltered or Fell Back'
    By Gordon I. Peterson

    Two months before his death on 3 September 2003, the former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps spoke with Gordon I. Peterson—on assignment for the Naval Institute—in Atlanta, Georgia. General Davis was awarded the Navy Cross...

  • TacAir Trumps UAVs in Iraq
    By Lieutenant Commander Richard K. Harrison, U.S. Navy

    For effective strike support in any mission-regardless of threat, weather, or special circumstances that develop in combat—naval tactical air is unmatched.

  • Unite the So-Called Total Force
    By Wade R. Sanders

    Although naval reservists serve in harm's way, they have been treated with disdain by the active forces. It is time to fulfill the Navy's vision and consolidate the total force.

  • Professional Note: High Speed Is Here
    By Rear Admiral Paul J. Ryan, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain David Grimland, U.S. Navy

    In the June 2003 Proceedings, Commander John Cordle wrote an outstanding article, "High Speed Is the Future." We would like to further inform readers that the Navy accepted custody of the high-speed vessel Swift (HSV-2) on 15...

  • Professional Note: Know Your People Better/; Use Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Testing
    By Commander Richard Silveira, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy

    There is a disturbing correlation between the Navy's poorly behaved junior enlisted sailors with predictable "preferences," and prospective commanding officers (COs) and executive officers (XOs) and successful senior enlisted...

  • Professional Note: The Military Needs BRAC
    By Captain John L. Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    At the end of 2005, Congress will take an up-or-down vote on a list of military base realignments and closures, thus completing the decision phase of the process known as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005. This could be the largest list of...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Send Our Ships Back to Mideast Ports
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy

    Once upon a time, the Navy made port calls in dress uniform. Sailors strolled proudly through the port cities of the world, sending messages such as "We come in peace" or "We have the wherewithal to come in the first place." A...

  • Book Reviews

    The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division

    Bing West and MGen. Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.). New York: Bantam, 2003. 303 pp. Photos. Map. Notes. Gloss. $24.95.

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: Robert E. Hanrahan Jr.

    My grandfather served in the Navy in World War I, and my father was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dad served on board the battleship New York (BB-34) at Iwo Jima and...

  • Naval Systems: Navy's Legacy Ship IFF Slated for New Design
    By Ed Walsh

    The Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems business unit of BAE Systems in early September delivered the 100th surface ship identification friend/foe (IFF) targeting antenna—known as the AIMS antenna—to the Navy since the company (then...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Under a contract signed 30 July 1999, the Turkish government chose Germany's Friedrich Lurssen Werft and Abeking and Rasmussen to construct jointly the first of six new low-magnetic signature, steel-hulled mine hunters, with five others to be...

  • Points of Interest: Retired Pay to Be Restored for Up to 200,000 Disabled Veterans
    By Tom Philpott

    Congress and the Bush administration have agreed to a $22.1-billion deal over ten years that will pare back dramatically a century-old ban on "concurrent receipt" of both military retired pay and tax-free disability compensation for...

  • Lest We Forget: John Basilone; Marine Observation Squadron One (VMO-1)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    John Basilone

    John Basilone enlisted in the Army at the age of 18 and served in the Philippines, where he acquired the nickname "Manila." Discharged in 1937, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1940 as war...

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