Proceedings Magazine - August 2005 Vol. 131/8/1,230

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The battle-tested practice of embedding reporters is all the rage these days in the war reporter business. Never mind that the concept predates Ernie PyIe, or that its execution during Operation...




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  • Standing for Our Flag

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    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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  • Combat Correspondents: Reporters in Uniform
    By Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps, (Retired)

    The battle-tested practice of embedding reporters is all the rage these days in the war reporter business. Never mind that the concept predates Ernie PyIe, or that its execution during Operation Iraqi Freedom was less than perfect. A win is a win...

  • Book Reviews

    The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    Richard Zacks. New York: Hyperion, 2005. 448 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $25.95.

    Reviewed by Frederick C. Leiner...

  • U.S. Navy: The Battleship: Phoenix or Museum Piece?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Again partisans are calling for reactivation of the two Iowa-class battleships still owned by the Navy. Their latest ploy is to propose the two Iowas as alternatives to new-construction DD(X) destroyers. Within the Navy there is...

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

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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    Sixty years ago, on 6 August 1945, a B-29 nicknamed the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another B-29 released a second A-bomb over Nagasaki. Emperor Hirohito took to the airwaves on 15 August...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "What Are We: Chopped Liver?"

    (See S. Haugh, p. 2, June 2005 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Lessons from 60 Years Ago
    By Harlan Ullman

    The second of September marks the sixtieth anniversary of Japan's formal surrender ending World War II. That war offers many important and relevant insights that are applicable today to America's global war on terror and the greater...

  • Mobilizing a Nation
    By Williamson Murray

    On the outbreak of the Second World War on 1 September 1939, the United States was still in the throes of the Great Depression. Its military institutions hardly reflected those of a great power. Its army rested somewhere between those of Bolivia...

  • Sudden Victory
    By Williamson Murray

    Sixty years ago millions of young Americans were either in the Pacific preparing for Operation OLYMPIC, the long awaited invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, or on their way from the United States and Europe to the huge island bases from which...

  • Al Jazeera: Get Used to It, It's Not Going Away
    By Lieutenant Commander Steve Tatham, Royal Navy

    From the hot tarmac of Doha international airport, the 104-degree heat, clinging humidity, and dusty skyline make the Middle Eastern state of Qatar's capital city appear a rather uninviting and inhospitable place. The broad...

  • On Its Own: The Iraqi Navy in 2005
    By David Axe

    The Iraqi Navy, probably because of its size, has taken the lead in self-sufficiency. Its core is formed around these five 28-meter Predator-class patrol boats shown in the port of Um Qasr.

    What will the...

  • Smarter Security for Smaller Budgets
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)

    What will the shape of tomorrow's Navy and Coast Guard maritime security ship look like? Will it be the littoral combat ship? Or one—or more—of three other ship designs?

  • Whataman!
    By Thomas J. Cutler

    After evading two attacking Chidori patrol boats, the skipper of Seahorse brought the submarine around to follow the Japanese escorts back to the convoy they had been assigned to protect. Seahorse did an end around and...

  • "Do's and Don'ts" for the New Flag Aide
    By Lieutenant Commander Sean Carroll, U.S. Coast Guard and Lieutenant (junior grade) Elizabeth Kico, U.S. Coast Guard

    Sixteen junior officers assembled at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 2004 to prepare for the challenging demands and intense scrutiny of life as a flag aide. Prior to this gathering, no official forum existed to prepare officers for their...

  • First into Tokyo
    By Robert Taylor Rhea

    In a letter home, a young ensign recorded the historic adventure of a lifetime he and six other naval officers experienced on the day Imperial Japan surrendered.

  • A Mission of Higher Classification
    By Richard Russell

    In the waning months of World War II, U.S. Sailors and Coast Guardsmen trained Soviet naval personnel in the handling of vessels scheduled for transfer to the Soviet Pacific Ocean Fleet for use in the climactic fight against Japan. When the...

  • A Coast Guard for the 21st Century
    By Petty Officer Second Class Judy L. Silverstein, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    When terrorists slammed into icons of American financial success and military might on 11 September 2001, the U. S. Coast Guard was thrust into a period of seismic change and given a mandate for transformation. Notwithstanding increased emphasis...

  • A Transformed Coast Guard Bridges the Civil-Military Divide
    By Commander Robert Todd Hannah, U.S. Coast Guard

    The defense department need look no farther than the United States Coast Guard for bridging the civilmilitary divide that is essential for success in homeland security/homeland defense. The service has links across the civil-military spectrum as...

  • Coast Guard Changes into. . . What?
    By Captain James F. McEntire, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

    "I want to emphasize that our analysis of the threats and risks will drive the structure, operations, policies, and missions of the Department, and not the other way around. We will not look at the threats and our mission through the...

  • The Technology Trap
    By John Kruse, PhD and Mark Adkins, PhD

    The military invests heavily in technology, often ignoring its impact on the users, assuming that "If we build it, they will come." Carrier Group 3 proved the importance of the human element in network-centric operations.

  • The Late Great Lou Wilson
    By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The Marine Corps lost one of its greats on 21 June 2005 with the death of General Louis H. Wilson, the 26th Commandant. He was impressive in many ways, including that measure of leadership called command presence. Only three other commandants...

  • Always Leading and Always Will
    By Orson Swindle

    The country, the Navy, the Stockdale family, especially his beloved wife, Sybil, and those of us who were POWs in North Vietnam suffered a terrible loss with the passing on 5 July of Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale. Husband, father, patriot,...

  • Protect the Force: Create a Navy Security Force Officer Corps
    By Captain Mark Kohart, U.S. Navy

    In an age of asymmetric warfare and the Global War on Terrorism, it is remarkable that the United States Navy remains the only U.S. armed service without a consolidated professional security force. This situation may be about to change, however,...

  • Risky Business: Assessing the Surface-to-Air Threat to Helicopters
    By Commander David Tyler, U.S. Navy Reserve

    Combat is replete with hazards. Assessing hazards is the primary challenge of combat operations. It is imperative to develop a process that identifies and assesses all variables before taking a course of action.

  • We Should Transform the Military Staff Corps
    By Captain Steve Clark, U.S. Naval Reserve

    President Bush and Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld advocate transforming the military to meet current and future threats, while changing its culture to reward new thinking, innovation, and experimentation. Many organizational changes and...

  • Naval Institute Honors Officer Who Bucked the System
    By Earl Kelly, Annapolis Capital, 19 June 2005

    Retired Navy Captain Joseph K. Taussig Jr. was known for his moxie in forcing the military to reduce the dangers pilots and sailors face.

    It only made sense that to make his case, he once set a uniform on fire in his boss' office....

  • Naval Systems: Advanced Power Devices Fielded for Fleet
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Philadelphia branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock division is working with the L-3 Communications Power Systems Group (PSG), builder of static automatic bus transfer switches (SABTs) in use aboard many Navy surface ships...

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

    HMAS Armidale, the first of twelve Armidale-class patrol boats officially entered Royal Australian Navy service in June. The class, built by Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, has been progressing rapidly since...

  • Lest We Forget: Richard Wainwright; Atlanta (CL-104/IX-304)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Arthur D. Baker III

    Richard Wainwright

    On the night of 15 February 1898, USS Maine inexplicably exploded and sank to the bottom of Havana Harbor. The battleship had been sent to Cuba to "show the flag" in the midst of a worsening...

  • Charting Your Course: Who Dares Wins!
    By Christopher P. Michel

    "Who dares wins" is the motto of the British Special Air Service—SAS—Her Majesty's elite military unit. This call to action is not just applicable to special operations warriors; it succinctly articulates the key...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Former Institute Leader Honored

    Four generations of the late Captain Joseph K. Taussig Jr.'s family were on hand to dedicate the executive suite at Beach Hall to the former Naval Institute head who embodied the mission of our...

  • From Our Archive

    A U.S. Coast Guard PBY takes off in answer to an emergency call, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, Miami, Florida (September 1945).

    This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may place orders...

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