Proceedings Magazine - November 2008 Vol. 134/11/1,269

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  • Editor's Page

    Marine Green to Navy Blue

    You know what they say about the strapping young kid coming up from the bush leagues? Don't tell him he's the next Mickey Mantle. Too much pressure. Let him develop at his own speed. Even so, I can't...

  • Professional Notes

    Technology Can Help with Combat Operational Stress

    By Major Marek M. Sipko, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Oceans: Burp the Ocean
    By Don Walsh

    In many places throughout the world there is a remarkable new source of energy—methane gas (CH4), a major component of natural gas, concentrated in the form of hydrates—whose extent, characteristics, and economic feasibility are now...

  • U.S. Navy: Still Adrift
    By Norman Polmar

    Congress has made the latest course change in the U.S. Navy's convoluted surface combatant program. It has now funded the third DDG-1000 destroyer in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget asoriginally requested in the President's budget proposal....

  • World Naval Developments: Trust but Verify
    By Norman Friedman

    An event that shook the U.S. stock market in early September may be very relevant to how we understand the evolving technique of network-centric warfare, the basis of which is the common operating or tactical picture shared by all participants....

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In late September, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73)—pictured here with Sailors on the flight deck forming a Japanese phrase meaning "nice to meet you"—...

  • Lest We Forget: Loyal Officer from "Secessia"
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In mid-1862, David Dixon Porter had been ordered to take command of a mortar flotilla at Key West. For the voyage south from the Washington Navy Yard, he embarked in the USS Harriet Lane, a former revenuecutter then serving in the Union...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Thanks to Defense Forum Washington Sponsors

    Lockheed Martin and TriWest took the lead as sponsors of Defense Forum Washington, a collaboration between the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Naval Institute held on 17...

  • Another View
    Eric Smith
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  • A Fight to the Finish
    By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    While Army and Marine leaders took petty swipes at each other, Leathernecks and Doughboys fought—and died—side by side in the final days of World War I.

    With a propitious sense of timing and a skillful...

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  • On Further Review

    First To Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps

    By Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Reviewed by General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps

  • Comment and Discussion

    Not Just a Bad Hair Day

    (See R. W. Witzleb and S. C. Truver, pp. 44-47, October 2008 Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral Charles F. Horne III, U.S. Navy (...

  • Now Hear This: 'In One Hundred Years'
    By Colonel John Ripley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A tiny spit of land that could barely accommodate an airfield, Tarawa was initially thought to be a relatively simple operation for an entire Marine division. Imperial Japanese Navy Rear Admiral Meichi Shibasaki (who proclaimed that "a...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .233 Years and Counting. . .
    By Andrew Lubin

    The 233rd birthday of the Marine Corps is 10 November. It's the day when Marines throughout the world—both active and former—will be attending celebrations and galas. Young Marines in their first set of dress blues, accompanied by...

  • Answering the Call
    By Vernice Armour

    "I took a step that changed my life. I joined the Marines."

    First African-American Female Combat Pilot

    It's only been a year since Captain Vernice Armour left...

  • From the Banks of the Euphrates to the Shores of the Severn
    By Midshipman 2/C Daniel McCawley, U.S. Naval Academy and Midshipman 2/C Steven Sifuentes, U.S. Naval Academy
    Two combat Marines, now midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy tell their powerful stories of life and death in Iraq.

    Midshipman 2/C Daniel McCawley, U.S. Naval Academy

    A Hard Heart

    Who is this man who...

  • There Would Be Others
    By Sergeant David Goldich, U.S. Marine Corps

    I left a desk job to become a rifleman, and the first day of boot camp they made me the platoon scribe with a desk and an assistant. I am reminded of William Manchester in his memoir Goodbye, Darkness, "This was the first...

  • A Poster Child for Next-War-Itis
    By Craig Hooper
    The $22.7 million Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) has not lived up to the promise of its design.

    Over the next few years a shrinking defense budget coupled with the cost of resetting the post-Iraq and Afghanistan...

  • Where Marines Could Be Marines
    By Kirk Ross
    The most recent assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan is grim, but U.S. Marines continue to beat back Taliban insurgents when they encounter them. An embedded journalist reconstructs one of the hardest-fought battles...
  • An Entirely Different Battlefield
    By Ed Darack
    To train like they fight, Marines bound for Afghanistan need the same intense training in mountainous terrain as those going to Iraq get for the desert.

    More than just a line from the oldest official hymn in the armed...

  • Vietnam, Revisited
    By Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Returning to old battlegrounds with a new generation of military strategists after nearly 40 years, the author recalls lost comrades—and sees some signs that America won, after all.

    Many memories and emotions hit me...

  • Better, But Still Not Good Enough
    By David Wood
    This year's Defense Forum Washington reveals that it's time to cut red tape and keep faith with wounded troops and their families.

    The glib assurances of politicians, that those who volunteer for service receive...

  • Book Reviews

    The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq

    Bing West. New York: Random House, 2008. 448 pp. Illus. Maps. Appen. Notes. Bib. $28.

    Reviewed by Deborah Kidwell

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

    U.S. Marines in Iraq, 2003: Basrah, Baghdad and Beyond

    Colonel Nicholas E. Reynolds. Washington, D.C.: Marine Corps History Division, 2007. 191 pp. Illus. Notes. Append. Index. $30.

    Reynolds emphasizes, in his preface to...


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