Proceedings Magazine - July 1972 Vol. 98/7/833

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Prize Essay 1972


“. . . We are at the end of an era. The postwar order of international relations—the...



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  • The End of an Era

    Prize Essay 1972


    “. . . We are at the end of an era. The postwar order of international relations—the configuration of power that emerged from the Second World War...

  • Turmoil in Paradise: Micronesia at the Crossroad
    By Captain James H. Webb, U. S. Marine Corps

    That slightly facetious World War II signpost the Americans erected on newly-won Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands reminded the troops of how far they had come by 1944—and how far they still had to go—and, more, it...

  • Death of a Profession?
    By Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    When an institution has outlived its usefulness, it is natural and desirable that it cease to exist. Whether it fades away or disappears suddenly depends on its setting, but usually there is some degree of logic to the process. Occasionally, an...

  • The Surface Line Officer: Some Conn, Some Can’t
    By Commander D. R. Larson, U. S. Naval Reserve

    The areas of surface line officer skills most desperately in need of overhauling are shiphandling and command at sea. It has become a frequent practice for one or two, or a very few officers, to be the only ones in a ship who conn during...

  • Youth Wants to "No!"
    By Colonel Anthony L. Wermuth, U. S. Army (Retired)

    College students are among the most articulate and critical segment of American Society—especially where the military is concerned. Whether the student activist movement is a fresh, healthy wind, or an increasingly violent storm...

  • Up, Up, and Away . . . Backwards
    By Lieutenant Commander J. S. Sproule, Royal Navy (Retired)

    Observers conditioned to the routine pattern of carrier operations must concede that things are not at all what they seem to be in the sequence of photographs on the facing page. For, when properly viewed from bottom to top, they...

  • The Military Retiree—Forgotten Firehorse
    By Colonel Victor J. Croizat, U. S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    It has been a long time since this country’s fire departments had to worry about their firehorses. Yet, when they did, the firehorse that could no longer gallop a hook and ladder wagon to the blaze was not automatically consigned to the...

  • Pictorial—“A Destroyer Named Smith"
    By Robert F. Sumrall



  • The Old Navy: The Sloop-of-War Ganges
    By Homer C. Votaw

    The first naval vessel sent to sea by the United States following the adoption of the Constitution is almost forgotten. This ship raised morale at a critical time by boldly sailing out to defend shipping by herself, did much to build...

  • Comment and Discussion

    “NavCad or College Grad?”

    (See J. E. Williams, pp. 49-53, April 1972 Proceedings)

    Captain Edwin L. Ebbert, U. S. Navy—Captain Williams poses the question of...

  • Book Reviews and Book List

    Seaford House Papers, 1970

    The Royal College of Defence Studies: London: Seaford House, 1971. 170 pp.

    Reviewed by Commander Robert M. Laske, U. S. Navy

    (Commander Laske earned his B...

  • Professional Notes

    Of Fighters and Facts

    By Vice Admiral Thomas F. Connolly, U. S. Navy (Retired), Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air)

  • Notebook

    Air Defense For Ships Is Poor According To GAO Staff Study

    (Baltimore Sun, 5 April 1972)

    After spending hundreds of millions of dollars over nearly a decade on development, the U. S. Navy still does...

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