Proceedings Magazine - July 2005 Vol. 131/7/1,229

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This issue of Proceedings focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), formerly known as remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), that have been transformed into missile-firing, bomb-dropping...

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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    This issue of Proceedings focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), formerly known as remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), that have been transformed into missile-firing, bomb-dropping joint combat air systems (J-UCAS). Thanks to...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Reflections on Vietnam"

    (See J. Hoar, pp. 33-36, May 2005 Proceedings)

  • Time to Tell Our Kids It's Okay to Shoot
    By Major David G. Bolgiano, Maryland Air National Guard; Lieutenant Colonel James C. Larsen, USA; and Master Sergeant Trish Pullar, New York Air National Guard

    The hand wringing that goes on in many command and legal circles concerning the application of deadly force in self-defense is perplexing when viewed in light of both the tactical realities of a firefight and the legal authorities available to...

  • Deja Vu All Over Again?
    By Colonel John M. Collins, USA (Retired)

    'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.

  • Close Air Support Using Armed UAVs?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Jay Stout, USMC (Retired)

    "I have seen our UAV force evolve from one that was principally an intelligence-collection platform in Bosnia to one that today has a very potent air-to-ground capability and represents a truly flexible, combat platform....

  • Spence Dry: A SEAL's Story
    By Captain Michael G. Slattery, USN (Ret.), and Captain Gordon I. Peterson, USN (Ret.)

    Early in 1972, two U.S. airmen being held as prisoners of war at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison set in motion an escape plan. In response, the U.S. Pacific Fleet orchestrated what became known as "...

  • Lebanon's Cedar Revolution: Be Careful What You Wish For
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. McFarlane, USMC (Ret.)

    When, in the summer of 1983, President Reagan appointed me his personal envoy in the Middle East, Lebanon was in turmoil—as it is today.

  • Remembering Eddie Albert
    By Thomas J. Cutler

    Eddie Albert, who became a household name starring opposite Eva Gabor in the hit television comedy "Green Acres," is gone. The actor, who worked constantly throughout the entertainment industry and was twice nominated for the Academy...

  • How to Stop Crashing Marine Aircraft
    By Major Richard Hendrick, U.S. Marine Corps

    During a safety stand-down following an F/A-18 Hornet accident several years ago, the Marine Air Group-31 commanding officer observed to me and my fellow aviators that MiG-29 pilots need not fear air-to-air combat or base bombings at our hands....

  • A Different Kind of Pick Me-Up
    By Lieutenant Commander Donn W. Keels Jr., U.S. Navy

    As automation on the battlefield increases, combat search-and-rescue is the next logical step. Using rotary-wing UAVs will save lives, hardware, and money.

    Expectation of rescue is ingrained in American military culture. No other...

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the Future of Air Combat
    By Ensign Nathan Brasher, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS), and their counterparts Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), have been touted as the next big thing in aerial warfare-but...

  • Leadership in the Breach: Gerald Turley and the Easter Offensive
    By Second Lieutenant Lacey Ainsworth, U.S. Marine Corps

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    South Vietnamese artillery batteries, here firing across the Dong Ha River into North Vietnamese positions on 3 April 1972, covered Army of Vietnam soldiers...

  • A Gunboat Navy for the 21st Century
    By Eric Kimura

    Naval history teaches that an over-reliance on the littoral combat ship could leave us vulnerable to nations with deep water capabilities.

  • Just Mines Please
    By Master Chief Mineman John E. Babcock, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    There has been much debate concerning the littoral combat ship's (LCS) impact on mine warfare. Responsibility for this vital, but often overlooked, mission will pass from a dedicated group of ships to a core member of the battle group. While...

  • Navy Culture and Military Education
    By Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Donahoe, U.S. Army

    Only a cultural change can overcome the Navy's institutional tendency to undervalue formal military education and deliver on the promise of Alfred Thayer Mahan.

  • The New U-505 Experience
    By Captain James Wise, U.S. Navy (Retired), author of The U-505

    On 4 June 1944, the German 750-ton Type IXC U-boat U-505 became the first man-o-war since the War of 1812 to be captured by the U.S. Navy in battle on the high seas. Attacked by the hunter-killer force Task Group 22.3 under command of then-...

  • Professional Note: SEA POWER 21: The Impact of Tactical Tomahawks in the Joint Arena
    By Lieutenant (JG) Christopher Byrnes, U.S. Navy

    The Global War on Terrorism has increased the requirements for precision tactical weapons. The U.S. military now stands on the threshold of achieving the capability to strike time-sensitive targets (TSTs) that will ensure its military dominance...

  • Professional Note: The Mobile Shipboard Surgical Suite: A New Approach to Forward Maritime Surgery
    By Captain D. C. Covey, MC, U.S. Navy, Commander J. L. Hancock, MC, U.S. Navy, and Commander D. S. Plurad, MC, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The urgent call came from Commander, Seventh Fleet to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa on an autumn afternoon in November 2002. A surgical team along with an operating room and ten units of blood were needed in three hours aboard a destroyer to deploy...

  • Professional Note: NMLBS Surfman Course: Solution to a Coast Guard Shortage
    By Petty Officer Robert K. Lanier, U.S. Coast Guard

    If you have a dilemma, create a solution and put it to action. That is exactly what the Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces did when they made plans to create the Surfman Course at the U.S. Coast Guard's National Motor Lifeboat School (NMLBS),...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But The Reserve Officer Promotion System Is Broken
    By Commander Michael A. Yuhas, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Actually it's not so much broken as out of touch with reality. Our reserve force is as much at war as our active duty force, and we should not manage the reserve force as if we were still at peace. If the Navy Reserve moves toward the...

  • Book Reviews

    Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality

    Robert J. Schneller Jr. New York and London: New York University Press, 2005. 331 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib...

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

    On the last Saturday in May the French voted down the proposed European Union constitution. Since the constitution had to be adopted unanimously in order to come into effect, this vote should have killed it altogether. A vote on 1 June in the...

  • U.S. Navy: Antiship Ballistic Missiles...Again
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Among the increasing array of threats that will confront U.S. naval forces in the future will be antiship ballistic missiles. China intends to develop such weapons using conventional warheads, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)....

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

    This past May, U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts, Sue C. Payton, met with Singapore's Minister of Defense, Teo Chee Hean, to hand over a 7-meter Spartan Scout unmanned surface vessel (USV) for testing by...

  • Oceans: Hot Leftovers from a Cold War
    By Don Walsh

    The Soviet and Russian navies have operated nuclear warships for a half-century, with two-thirds of them based with the Northern Fleet at the Kola Peninsula and the remainder with the Pacific Fleet in the Russian Far East. Their nuclear powered...

  • Lest We Forget: Civilian Yard Workers; HSL-30
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Civilian Yard Workers

    USS Yorktown limped up the Pearl Harbor channel. Two near misses and a direct hit from Japanese aircraft had done considerable damage to this aircraft carrier and it seemed certain that she would have to...

  • Charting Your Course: Life Hack 101: Getting Things Done
    By Christopher P. Michel

    I'll never forget my last day as a first-class midshipman. Our commanding officer called each of us up to the front of the battalion for a hearty handshake and a farewell gift from the unit. Upon returning to my seat, I opened the small box...

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    On 4 June 1944 the German submarine U-505 became the first man-of-war captured by the U.S. Navy in battle on the high seas since the War of 1812. A generous...

  • From Our Archive: Tracking Kites in World War II Gunnery Training

    In World War II the Navy started to use simulated training for Navy gunners in order to sharpen marksmanship. Gunnery schools were designed by the Navy's Special Devices Division of the Office of Research and Inventions, in conjunction with...

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