Proceedings Magazine - June 2008 Vol. 134/6/1,264

Old Mag ID: 
Cover Story

Now Pitching for ProceedingsBullet Bob Feller!

With this issue we launch a new monthly feature that we hope will entertain, inform, and...




  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

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


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • 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...

Members Only

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

    Now Pitching for ProceedingsBullet Bob Feller!

    With this issue we launch a new monthly feature that we hope will entertain, inform, and inspire. We also hope it will prove an antidote to...

  • Comment and Discussion

    'Worse Than A Crime-A Mistake'

    (See J. M. van Tol, pp. 24-27, May 2008 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: No Good Deed
    By Harlan Ullman

    It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. During President George W. Bush's first term and under the leadership of CNO Vern Clark and Navy Secretary Gordon England, the Navy moved to save billions of dollars through innovative management...

  • Now Hear This: The Oil Gauge of National Security
    By Commander Jeffrey W. Eggers, U.S. Navy

    Most discussions on the national security consequences of our dependence on petroleum cover ground that is well-trodden. A 2006 Council on Foreign Relations study concluded that "the lack of sustained attention to energy issues is...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Throw Down the Gauntlet
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    By most accounts, the recent airing of the PBS documentary Carrier has been well-received. In the genre of reality shows, it is certainly a welcome alternative to such programs as Bridezilla, and it successfully captures...

  • Answering the Call: "I'm Still a Navy Man at Heart"
    By Bob Feller

    Ace of the Greatest Generation

    From the days of the Minutemen, America has always had its citizen-soldiers. Over the years, their contribution to the nation's armed forces has been enormous. Invariably, their time...

  • Go Operational! Reforming the National Guard and Reserves
    By Major General Arnold L. Punaro, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    The chairma of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves says if we're going to send these troops to war and deploy them more freely for civil operations, we'd better change the way we treat them. 

  • DOD on a Glide Path to Bankruptcy
    By John D. Christie
    A seasoned Defense Department procurement insider says unchecked acquisitions may put the Pentagon out of business.

    Acquisition cost data over the past 60 years show that the U.S. defense community is on a path to...

  • One Size Does Not Fit All
    By Edward Wiser
    A dialogue between industry and government is producing new mounts for the riverine cavalry.

    One can make the case that the new riverine forces are waterborne counterparts to 19th-century cavalry. They are being organized...

  • Fitting Submarines into the Fleet
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The nuclear-powered submarine's stealth is invaluable in eluding or surprising an adversary, but that very quality disguises its value outside the submarine community.

    Musing on his experience in World War II, Pacific...

  • Dominance: Awareness With Teeth
    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Future security needs will demand not only knowledge of the maritime domain, but its control. Subs are crucial to these needs.

    At the end of a major confrontation, the United States was forced to shift its security...

  • Modern-Day Minehunting, Destroyer Style
    By Commander Stephen J. Coughlin, U.S. Navy
    Minehunting is one of the most important but least glamorous tasks in the Navy. The commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge talks about a new way to do this vital job.

    Consider how easy it would be for a hostile...

  • The Polaris Partnership
    By Midshipman First Class David Taweel, U.S. Naval Academy

    The art of the deal-Navy style.

    Nuclear technology has always been a closely guarded and powerful secret component of the United States' military arsenal. With so much emphasis on secrecy of design,...

  • Special: The Long Journey Home
    By Michael Williams

    In a chapel in a small town nestled in the shadows of the snow-capped Clinch Mountain, near Sneedville, Tennessee, a standing room only crowd gathered to remember a man no one there had ever met. An elderly woman held a folded copy of a newspaper...

  • Widen the Lens for JHSV
    By Commander Robert K. Morrison III, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S. Navy
    Current strategy envisions the naval JHSV as simply a sea-base connector. But it can do much more.

    Ongoing efforts against terrorism and in helping our partners' capabilities will require speed to overcome the "...

  • Opportunity at Hand: New Roles for Carriers
    By Brigadier General Robin P. Swan, U.S. Army, and Captain Edward J. Horres, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In the continuing debate on the future utility of large-deck aircraft carriers CVNs are either indispensable or superfluous. Refocusing the discussion would help break this intellectual impasse.

    The services must provide...

  • Book Reviews

    Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

    Michael Reid. New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press, 2007. 384 pp. $30.

    Reviewed by Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

  • Professional Notes

    Time for the Truly Stealth Submarine

    By Donald J. Kazimir

    Much has been accomplished to quiet submarines over the years—to make them undetectable. Methods used include sound-mounting machinery, insulating the hull to absorb...

  • Naval Systems: Zumwalt's Get 'Any Role, Any Station' Control
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy-industry team of more than 1,200 software developers from 30 organizations and led by Raytheon in development of the Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) for the Zumwalt-class

    (DDG-1000) destroyer recently completed...

  • U.S. Navy: Underwater Trailblazers
    By Norman Polmar

    Probably the two most significant submarines to have joined the U.S. Fleet were the USS Holland (SS-1) in 1900 and the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) in 1954. Both were firsts—the first submarine to be

    placed in commission...

  • World Naval Developments: Going Underground
    By Norman Friedman

    In April photographs of a Chinese naval base on Hainan, a large island in the South China Sea, were published worldwide. They show extensive piers and also tunnels sunk into the hillside; it is not entirely clear whether ships or submarines can...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The British Royal Navy's Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Torbay returned to service this past April following an extensive year-long modernization. Improvements to the...

  • Lest We Forget: Extraordinary American
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In many ways, John J. "Jack" Schiff typified that once very large and now rapidly dwindling group of extraordinary Americans that Tom Brokaw so aptly characterized as "the greatest generation." Like somany of those brave souls...

  • From Our Archive


  • Another View
    By Eric Smith
  • Advertisements
  • Books in Brief
    Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)


    The USS Puffer in World War II: A History of the Submarine and Its Wartime Crew

    Craig R. McDonald. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland and Company, 2008. 319 pp. Illus. Maps. Bib. Index. Appens. $39.95.



Conferences and Events

2016 Coast Guard Academy Conference

Mon, 2016-10-24

US Coast Guard Academy

As part of The U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2016-2017 Leadership Lecture Series The U.S. Naval Institute presents Historical and...

Maritime Security Dialogue

Defense Forum Washington 2016

View All

From the Press

Guest Lecturer & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-10-30

Book Launch Party

Wed, 2016-11-02

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 135 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership