Proceedings Magazine - December 2004 Vol. 130/12/1,222

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Members of the Naval Institute receive with this issue proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. Chairman of the Board of Directors Rear Admiral Pat Stillman and Chairman Emeritus Vice...



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  • Editor's Page
    By F. H. Rainbow

    Members of the Naval Institute receive with this issue proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. Chairman of the Board of Directors Rear Admiral Pat Stillman and Chairman Emeritus Vice Admiral Al Konetzni provide a compelling rationale for...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Damn the Bagpipes!"

    (See M. K. Fitzgerald and M. J. Fitzgerald, p. 73, November 2004 Proceedings}

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: Is Modern War Too Precise?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    In October, Queen Elizabeth of England visited Germany. Parts of the German press demanded an apology for the bombing of German cities in World War II. The bombing issue is more than historical, because it bears on the evolving character of war...

  • Let's Get Serious about Stability
    By Colonel Mark Cancian, USMCR (Ret.)

    When Baghdad was liberated in April 2003, a wave of looting swept the city and the countryside—illustrating what happens when a nation emerges from decades of dictatorship, and demonstrating the need for the U.S. military...

  • Interdict WMD Smugglers at Sea
    By William R. Hawkins

    The Proliferation Security Initiative seeks to stop the flow of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), in part by boarding suspect vessels and seizing WMD-related cargoes. Stopping ships of nonsignatory nations in international...

  • When Should We Intervene?
    By Cadet Ann Hsieh, USA

    There are unceasing opportunities for the United States to participate in humanitarian intervention operations—which it chose not to do in Rwanda in 1994. Confronted by women who were party to that genocide and...

  • Is U.S. Intelligence Headed in the Wrong Direction?
    By Richard Coffman

    The reshaping of national intelligence might be headed for disastrous results at a time when it could determine the outcome of the war on terror. The 9/11 Commission’s misguided intelligence recommendations and election-year pressures in a...

  • Defeating Global Terror
    By Harlan Ullman

    The nation is at greater risk today than at any time since the Civil War. Historically, all wars begot new ones. Two decades after World War I, World War II broke out; the Cold War quickly followed. Now, following the Cold War's demise and...

  • Admiral Samuel Gravely
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Admiral Samuel Gravely is one of my personal heroes.  I will never forget his coming to the Walbrook Maritime Academy in the inner city of Baltimore. He drove there from his home in Haymarket, Virginia (no short distance), wore his uniform...

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Is on the Right Path
    By Vice Admiral George W. Emery, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Next May, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will release its list of affected bases. Like the U.S. Navy as a whole and its ships and people, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard—the Navy's oldest publicly owned shipyard—has adapted...

  • The Blood Is on Our Hands
    By Chief Quartermaster Mike Brooks, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    My sea daddy told me long ago never to let the bad guys touch you. When they do, they realize you bleed just like they do and then they kill you. We should not be losing an average of two service members and a dozen wounded every day, and we long...

  • LCS Will Transform Mine Warfare
    By Rear Admiral Paul Ryan, USN (Ret.)

    The littoral combat ship, already tapped as a worthy platform for numerous missions close to shore, also will make an ideal springboard for mine countermeasures operations.

  • Mine-hunting Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Trials Successful
    By Commander (senior grade) Fritz-Ruediger Klocke, German Navy

    In early October 2004, NATO's Allied Command Transformation undertook experimentation trials with mine-hunting autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) together with the German Navy and NATO's Undersea Research Center.

  • Integrate the Maritrme Patrol Forces or Bust
    By Commanders Henry J. Hendrix II and Darryl D. Centanni, U.S. Navy

    Only the active P-3 forces flew in support of combat operations in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq because the reserve component was neither equipped nor trained for such operations.

  • Countering Terror Piracy from the Air
    By Captain Steven A. Givler, U.S. Air Force

    Piracy can no longer be dismissed as just the stuff of movies. Its growing impact on the world economy and the likelihood that terrorists will use piracy to achieve their objectives demand a forceful response. The Aerial Common Sensor (ACS),...

  • Arm Coast Guard Helicopters Now
    By Commander Peter Troedsson, U. S. Coast Guard

    MH-68 Sharks such as these currently are the only armed Coast Guard helicopters; they are used for interdicting drug runners off U.S. shares. If the Coast Guard truly wants to fulfill its homeland security mission, all its helicopters should...

  • Defeating Terrorism from the Sea
    By Captain Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    The threat of maritime terrorism is global and growing. To counter it, naval forces and agencies will need to combine active and passive countermeasures with a strong program of cooperation and intelligence sharing.

  • Safety Is Everyone's Concern
    By Rear Admiral Richard Brooks, USN

    For most pilots, accidents are things that happen to other people—until they're involved in one. The Naval Safety Center is working hard to reduce the number of fatalities and amount of property lost every year to mishaps in the air...

  • Our Naval Heritage Is in Danger
    By John B. Hattendotf

    Contrary to current official under-valuation of history, real lessons can be learned from the ‘‘political, economic, and bureaucratic forces" that historically affected the Sea Services. Instead, emphasis is placed on simplistic...

  • Leadership Is a High-wire Act
    By Lieutenant Kevin M. Coyne, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Third Prize Winner, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Junior officers balance seemingly contradictory realities. They are in command of their troops, yet have little control over...

  • Professional Notes

    Running Gear Entanglement Systems Protect Ships and Facilities
    Commander Stephen W. Surko, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Kenneth G. Bullard

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...There's No Need to See Red
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael L. Crockett, U.S. Navy

    Our role in Operation Iraqi Freedom was behind us; the crew and officers of the USS Porter (DDG-78) were ready for a break. We had just been ordered to join NATO's Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean as part of a multinational...

  • Book Reviews

    American Soldier

    Tommy Franks and Malcolm McConnell. New York: ReganBooks, 2004. 590 pp. Photos. Index. $27.95.

    Reviewed by General Joseph P. Hoar, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    American Soldier...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Order a PowerPoint Stand-down
    By Captain E. Tyler Wooldridge III, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A recent study by a Washington think tank found that children now spend more time playing computer games and watching television than they do reading. Subsequent to the report's publication, child education and psychology experts speculated...

  • USS Mason: One 'Proud' Story
    By Don Wallace

    A new motion picture brings to the screen the story of 160 young African Americans, who fought German U-boats in the Atlantic and racism at home during World War II, as members of the U.S. Navy's first all-black crew of the USS Mason (DE-...

  • U. S. Navy: State of the Fleet
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    In 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld directed a new strategic doctrine for the armed forces: Combat forces were to respond to crisis or combat situations anywhere in the world within 10 days. The crisis or conflict was to be resolved...

  • Naval Systems: Multifunction Array Effort Supports Electronic Warfare
    By Ed Walsh

    The Office of Naval Research, supported by the Naval Research Laboratory as technical agent, is pushing ahead with development, over the next three years, of a multifunction electronic warfare (MEW) module for fielding on board the Navy's...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>

    In October, naval experts were left scratching their heads when media reports resurfaced that India was preparing to lease an Akula II-class nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia. As they had in the past, the reports said the decade-long...

  • World War II Submarine "Surgeon"
    By Commander Pietro D. Marghella, MSC, U.S. Navy, and Dr. Edward Feldman, M.D.

    As his submarine cruises submerged in enemy waters, a young World War II pharmacist's mate performs an emergency appendectomy with the tools at hand.

  • Lest We Forget: Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Arthur D. Baker III

    Gordon Pai’ea Chung-Hoon

    The USS Sigsbee (DD-502) had served well in the war with Japan, downing 20 enemy aircraft while screening the carriers in their march across the Pacific. But on 14 April 1945, while serving on the...

  • Charting Your Course: Career Transition: Employ a Portfolio Strategy
    By Christopher Michel

    The Navy is "rightsizing" again and, according to some reports, will shed 40,000 of its approximately 370,000 active-duty billets over the next six years. The reality of naval service is that it is not lifetime employment-virtually...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Duncan Photography Enhanced by Commodore Club Gifts

    A pictorial by acclaimed combat photographer David Douglas Duncan in the December issue of Naval History looks even better, thanks to the generosity of two longtime...

  • From Our Archive

    The USS Texas (BB-35), in the east chamber of the Gatun Locks, transits the Panama Canal on 25 July 1919. This photo and others like it are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may place orders or leave...

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