Proceedings Magazine - April 2008 Vol. 134/4/1,262

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This month, we have no focus, no theme for the magazine. This is by design, not a reflection of burned-out editorial imaginations. Not all stories fit into a neat package....




  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

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


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  • 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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    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    A Tasting Menu

    This month, we have no focus, no theme for the magazine. This is by design, not a reflection of burned-out editorial imaginations. Not all stories fit into a neat package. Some need to stand on their own. Our April issue...

  • 2007 Annual Report to the Membership

    Fellow Members of the U.S. Naval Institute,

    We are pleased to communicate this summarized annual report on the State of the Institute in its 134th year of service. You will find the full 2007 Annual Report, together with the 2007 Financial...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Building a Small Surface Warship: Mission Impossible?

    (See W. J. Holland Jr., pp. 14-19, February 2008; K. Lee, D. Criner, p. 6, March 2008 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    By Eric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: What's in a Word?
    By Harlan Ullman

    The time has come to expunge from our political vocabulary a word that is offensive, demeaning, and profane to anyone who serves or has served in the Navy. That word is "swiftboating." A remark by a TV commentator after Super Tuesday...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Have One Book for Every Sailor, Too
    By Captain Stephen F. Davis Jr., U.S. Navy

    On 5 May 2007, the Commandant of the Marine Corps promulgated ALMAR 030/07, which directed, in part, "(that) all Marines read and discuss the marquee title, Lieutenant General Brute Krulak's

    First to Fight: An Insider's View...

  • Now Hear This: A New Kind of Defense in Depth
    By James W. Hulme

    The transformation of the National Guard and Reserve from a strategic reserve to an operational component is leaving the United States vulnerable to man-made and natural emergencies. We have traditionally thought of the active-duty military as...

  • Lead or Get Out of the Way: Winning the Millennium War
    By Vice Admiral Mark Edwards, U.S. Navy
    We can no longer afford to hamstring our young techno-savvy Sailors with antiquated systems.

    The U.S. Navy, indeed, the nation, confronts a broad range of daunting challenges, all of which compete for our attention and...

  • An Indian Monroe Doctrine. But What Kind?
    By James R. Holmes
    Indian leaders speak of following their own Monroe Doctrine, but rarely provide specifics. Two possible directions for India are based on James Monroe and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Is history "more or less bunk," as...

  • Cries in the Dark
    By David Axe
    The situation in Somalia now represents Africa's greatest crisis—and the United States is partly to blame.

    "We have no food, no shelters. People are sick. Medicine is short," said Dr. Hawa Abdi,...

  • The United States and Canada: Time to Defrost
    By Commander Dan Daglio, U.S. Navy Reserve
    We have not adopted the appropriate diplomatic, military, informational, or economic strategies to deal with Canada.

    Our relationship with our neighbor to the north has deteriorated—at about the same rate as we have...

  • Berkeley and the Marines—Back to the Future
    By Carl T. Hall
    Leathernecks look for a few good men (and women) in the Flower Power capital of the world, but the locals would like them to take a hike.

    Confrontations over matters of war and peace have long been part of the scene in the...

  • Listen Up Marines! We Belong at Sea, Ready for Trouble
    By Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    As the Marine Corps looks beyond Iraq, the question becomes "Where do we go from here?"

    That question was asked of the Marine Corps after the two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. After each conflict there were...

  • Capitalizing on al Qaeda's Mistakes
    By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Our arch enemy in the war against Islamic extremism has made some major miscues, and the Coalition has been able to take advantage of them.
  • Ramadi from the Caliphate to Capitalism
    By Andrew Lubin
    When the Americans came, we thought they were the enemy. The Awakening came when we realized the Americans were our friends.

    —Sheikh Sattar Abdul Abu Risha

  • Sixteen Stars in Four Graves
    By Colonel Thomas L. Constantino, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), and Midshipman Matthew Constantino, U.S. Naval Academy

    The simple two-foot-tall white stone is not much different from the more than 138,000 others that surround it at the Golden Gate National Cemetery a dozen miles from downtown San Francisco. Besides the inscription, five stars arrayed in a circle...

  • Journal of a First Command
    By Admiral James Stavridis
    In Destroyer Captain, a new book from the Naval Institute Press, Admiral James Stavridis reflects on his time as skipper of the USS Barry (DDG-52) from...
  • Book Reviews

    Why Marines Fight

    James Brady. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007. 320 pp. Illus. $24.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel John W. Ripley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

  • Professional Notes

    Analysis of a Helicopter Crash in the Bering Sea

    By Lieutenant Commander David R. Neel, U.S. Coast Guard

    On 8 December 2004 in Skan Bay, Unalaska, the rescue of eight crewmembers from the cargo ship Selendang Ayu took a turn for the...

  • Naval Systems: Seagoing Rails
    by Edward J. Walsh

    An experimental electromagnetic rail gun (EMRG) was successfully test-fired by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center lab at Dahlgren, Virginia, in late January. The gun launched a seven-pound aluminum projectile...

  • U.S. Navy: Aegis Scores a 'Space Kill'
    By Norman Polmar

    Department of Defense and U.S. Navy officials were cheering after a modified Standard SM-3 missile from the Aegis cruiser Lake Erie (CG-70) shot down a disabled American spy satellite. The published reason for the feat-believed to be the second...

  • World Naval Developments: Network-Centric Warfare: Space Style
    By Norman Friedman

    In mid-February an SM-3 missile from the cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) hit a large U.S. reconnaissance satellite that was falling out of control and would have re-entered the atmosphere within a few weeks. The missile took three minutes to hit...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Sohn Won-Il, the first of South Korea's new German-designed, air-independent propulsion capable, Type 214 submarines, was commissioned into service in December 2007. Shown here in the foreground with the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during that...

  • Lest We Forget: The Turner Touch
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In June 1972, when Vice Admiral Stansfield Turner became the 36th President of the Naval War College, he was in many ways the perfect fit for such an assignment. He was certainly "naval" enough, having spent many years at sea in varying...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Dunn Oral History is Available

    Support from several sources has enabled the Naval Institute to complete Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn's oral history. Our thanks to the Tawani Foundation for its ongoing sponsorship of the Institute'...

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    Admiral Eberle, CNO from 1923-27, wrote those words about John King, right, the chief gunner's mate of the USS Mohican in 1888. But they could easily apply to all three old salts, from left, David Ireland, Gilbert H. Purdy, and John T....

  • Books in Brief
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    The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine

    Michael Sturma. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2008. 207 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. $29.95.

    On 12 August 1944, after just ten...

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    Network-Centric Warfare: Space Style


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