Proceedings Magazine - November 2007 Vol. 133/11/1,257

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Let the Debate Begin!

The long-awaited Maritime Strategy, in the works since then-CNO Admiral Mike Mullen set it in motion in June 2006, leads off this month's ...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    Let the Debate Begin!

    The long-awaited Maritime Strategy, in the works since then-CNO Admiral Mike Mullen set it in motion in June 2006, leads off this month's Proceedings. Punctuating the need to work closely...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Naval Academy . . . A Crucible for Warriors

    (See J. Fowler, pp. 14-18, October 2007 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Getting It Right At Navy
    By Harlan Ullman

    In his first message as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler declared "we are a nation at war," a war the admiral believes will "last for the entire commissioned careers of midshipmen . . ....

  • Nobody Asked Me But . . .Madison Avenue Should Not Replace Military Public Affairs
    By Tom Burgess

    Beginning in 1980, the military's specialty staffs, including public affairs, suffered deep cuts through the annual budget squeeze and from the now infamous "Mil to Civ" programs. These later were renamed "Mil to Nil,"...

  • Now Hear This: Contracts of Marque
    By Lieutenant Claude Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve

    The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Hague Convention was on 18 October. Its many provisions included limiting the use of privately armed vessels in war. The anniversary coincided with the release of the new U.S. Maritime Strategy,...

  • Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
    The leaders of America's Sea Services present the first new Maritime Strategy in more than 20 years.


    A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower represents an historical first. Never...

  • U.S. Marine Corps (as of October 2007)
  • End the Backyard Brawl
    By Lieutenant Colonel Kelly P. Houlgate, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Navy and Marine Corps bear the dead weight of mutual distrust. But when they work together, the result is greater than the sum of the parts. That synergy must be constant.

    Jarhead and Squid, two powerful and capable...

  • A Bravura Performance
    By The Honorable John Lehman

    The Secretary of the Navy who was the force behind the last Maritime Strategy evaluates the new one.

  • Lion of Fallujah
    By Bradley Olson
    In death, a Marine who epitomized bravery, integrity, and sacrifice still inspires.

    Barry Subelsky never knew Major Douglas A. Zembiec.

    And until the Charleston, West Virginia, police chief found out about Zembiec...

  • Mountain Viper Training the Tip of the Spear
    By Ed Darack
    The Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Center prepares Leathernecks for the rigors of combat in Afghanistan.

    Deep in a sheer-walled canyon that slices miles into a range of arid mountains, a group of five U.S....

  • The Few. The Proud. The (Harvard???) Marines
    By Art Pine
    Harvard University's Vietnam War-era hostility to the military is largely history. Ask the small contingent of Marines who are going to graduate school there and thriving.

    Marine Captain Maura Sullivan wasn't sure...

  • The First Battles of the Long War
    By General James T. Conway, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Commandant of the Marine Corps provides his perspective on Iraq, regional security, and the generational struggle against terrorism.

    Many in our country routinely characterize what is taking place in the Middle East as...

  • Video Goes to War: Getting the Target Right
    By Captain Ryan P. Hough, U.S. Marine Corps
    Aerial targeting not only worked for the Marines in Fallujah, it has changed the way forward air controllers and attack aircraft work together.

    In summer 2004, the Iraqi city of Fallujah symbolized the violent and...

  • Little Shop of Heroes: Marine Corps Cult Movies
    By Colonel Fred Peck, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    What do Marines watch when they're not zoning out with Sands of Iwo Jima or Battle Cry?

    When a Proceedings editor called and asked me to write an article on what he called Marine Corps "cult movies,...

  • Guadalcanal: A Real Hot Potato
    By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    A perceived lack of Navy support for Marines on Guadalcanal led one Marine officer to have an irreverent medal cast in commemoration of the event. But did the Navy really abandon the Marines?


    By late...

  • Defense Forum Washington: Healthcare at a Crossroads
    By Art Pine

    The long-promised overhaul to the process of transferring medical care for returning service members from the Department of Defense to Veterans Affairs has been too slow in coming. The 2007 Defense Forum Washington prescribes a...

  • Book Reviews

    The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West

    Lee Harris. New York: Basic Books, 2007. 290 pp. Index. $26.

    Reviewed by Major Andrew J. Bergen, U.S Marine Corps

  • Professional Notes

    Make the Military Justice System Fairer  


    By Jonathan F. Keiler

  • Royal Navy: Two New Big Decks
    By Norman Polmar

    After lengthy delays, the British government has signed contracts for the construction of two large aircraft carriers-the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Given the designation

  • World Naval Developments: Naval Race in the Far East?
    By Norman Friedman

    Early in September, Israeli F-15s bombed a remote part of the Syrian desert three days after a North Korean merchant ship docked in that country. At first the Israeli press was forbidden to discuss the attack, but hints later emerged in various...

  • Oceans: A Voyage to the Real North Pole
    By Don Walsh

    The North Pole became accessible to ordinary tourists in 1991 through the use of nuclear-powered icebreakers operated by the Murmansk Shipping Company, with representatives of the

    Russian Academy of Sciences on board. Since then, up to...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Type 404 multi-purpose tender Main recently completed modernization to become Germany's newest submarine tender and supply vessel. The modifications made at Elsflether Shipyard took approximately one year....

  • Lest We Forget: Midwatch in Surigao Strait
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the night of 24-25 October 1944, Torpedoman's Mate Third Class Roy West and the other men manning a torpedo mount on the destroyer USS McDermut (DD-677) did not know the details of the battle plan, but they did know that a large...

  • Naval Institute Foundation
    In this month of Thanksgiving, we salute three recent benefactors among the thousands of supporters for whom the Naval Institute is so very grateful.

    Clarence E. Leggett

    In a rambling handwritten four-page will...

  • From Our Archives
    'Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.'

    -Pythagoras (582 BC—507 BC)

  • Books in Brief
    By Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A Soul On Trial: A Marine Corps Mystery at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Robin R. Cutler. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007. 371 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. $26.95.


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