Proceedings Magazine - August 1995 Vol. 121/8/1,110

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On board the USS Boorda (CVN-80)—The ship is off the coast of Brazil, conducting rain forest preservation research as flag-ship for Commodore N. Singh Nifighandi,...



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  • Commentary: Reflections on a Naval Career
    By Larry Di Rita

    On board the USS Boorda (CVN-80)—The ship is off the coast of Brazil, conducting rain forest preservation research as flag-ship for Commodore N. Singh Nifighandi, Bangladeshi Navy, Commander. U.N. Environmental...

  • Commentary: The UCP: Time to Change
    By Donald P. Loren

    Amid the turmoil of this multipolar, post-Cold War world, U.S. defense officials face a number of new challenges: ten­dencies toward joint force integration and reduced force struc­ture, accompanied by reduced forward posturing that...

  • It's Not Nice and Neat
    By Lieutenant General Anthony Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps

    Today's military operations are not like the ones the services traditionally have trained to execute. But when "something" has to be done, U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers, and airmen answer the call. General Zinni, the...

  • Strategic Air Power Didn't Work
    By Major Stephen T. Ganyard, U.S. Marine Corps

    The bombing of "strategic" targets in Desert Storm failed to destroy the will of the Iraqi people—here, Hussein supporters rally on the third anniversary of the initial Gulf War air strikes—and also failed to vindicate...

  • Special Report: Military Options in Bosnia
    By John M. Collins

    Bosnia-Hercegovina declared inde­pendence from former Yugoslavia in April 1992, partly to avoid domi­nation by ethnic adversaries. Bos­nian Serbs seized more than 70% of the new nation’s territory, besieged the capital...

  • Codes or Clues?
    By Colonel Theodore L. Gatchel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Operational code names used to preserve secrecy. Today, more often than not, they give potential adversaries information about the nature and location of operations—and provide grist for the propagandists and cartoonists....

  • Information Warfare in 2015
    By Commander George F. Kraus, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Information systems bring revolutionary capabilities—and increased vulnerabilities—to the battlefield.

  • Manage the Shore Smarter
    By Captain John L. Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Management of the Navy’s shore infrastruc­ture can be done with greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness through outsourcing. When private-sector contractors handle the management, maintenance, and operations of services ashore...

  • Invasion Most Costly
    By Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen

    Recent defeats and the steady bombing of Tokyo were wearing heavily on Japan. Then, atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki hastened the end of World War II. Had that not happened 50 years ago this month, an elaborate U.S....

  • Parallel War: Promise & Problems
    By Colonel Richard Szafranski, U.S. Air Force

    Air power like that applied in Desert Storm can reduce an industrialized state’s war­making capability rapidly, but it may be less useful in the more likely irregular-war­fare scenarios. These captured U.N. peace­...

  • To Each According to His Needs
    By Andrew G. Webb

    The current military compensa­tion system will pay service mem­bers more if they get married or have children, but it makes no basic pay distinction between a cook and a nuclear-trained tech­nician. Is this...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…The Navy Needs to Get Serious About Computer Training
    By Lieutenant Randy Britton, U.S. Naval Reserve

    While listening to the radio re­cently, I happened to hear the latest Navy recruiting ad—the one in which a befuddled high-school graduate airily professes at his first job interview to be “monolingual,” and in an effort to...

  • "Nineteen, talk to me!"
    By Lieutenant Commander Barrett T. Beard, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    U.S. Coast Guard rescue swim­mer Michael Odom, dropped ear­lier from a helicopter, knows he is going to die.

    Alone, tossed by a winter storm in the Atlantic Ocean 350 miles east of...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Women Shouldn't Serve on Submarines
    By Captain Mark L. Dembert, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy

    A recent Navy staff study recom­mends against assigning women to submarines, primarily because of the large projected expense for reconfigur­ing habitability. However, the cost issue may not be the most important. Other factors—...

  • Professional Notes

    Hybrid Ships: Variations On a Theme

    By John R. Meyer

    Conventional monohulls and multi­hulls using a combination of buoy­ant and foil dynamic lift offer hydrody­namic efficiency and improved seakeep­ing...

  • TQL Forum: Eliminating the ORSE
    By Lieutenant Commander Charles K. Harris, U.S. Navy

    Implementing Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s 14 points in the U.S. Navy may well be the most difficult integration of his teachings ever attempted. Because the operational units of the Navy lack an identifiable customer, there has been a tendency...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    The Nightingale’s Song

    Robert Timberg. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 579 pp. Bib. Ind. Notes. Photos. $27.50 ($24.75).

    Reviewed by David C. Poyer

    The young nightingale, it is said, can...

  • The U.S. Navy
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Manning the (Smaller) Nuclear Fleet

    The end of the Cold War has brought drastic reductions in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-propelled ships, both surface ships and submarines. But these reductions have created an opportu­...

  • Points of Interest: A COLA Catch-22 in Japan
    By Tom Philpott

    Military people overseas will grumble from time to time that adjustments in cost-of-living allowances (COLAs) fail to keep pace with currency fluctuations, though statistical evidence dis­putes that notion. This summer, however, routine...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    Mobile Missile Defeats F-16

    The loss of a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter over Bosnia brings up an interesting issue in missile countermeasures. Apparently the airplane was brought down by a radar-guided surface-to-air (SA)-6...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    Algeria’s Russian-built Koni-class (Project 1159) small frigate Rais Kellik is pictured calling at Antwerp on 8 May 1995 while en route to St. Petersburg to escort home the first of two Kilo-class (Project 877EKM) diesel-electric sub­...

  • Notebook

    NOTEBOOK POLICY: Please submit notices five months in advance of your reunion. Reunions with specific dates will be given preference. Notices will be published only once and as space permits. Pass-Down-The-Line notices are published...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Bob Lawson

    Short-lived and effective sums up the career of the Navy’s World War II Patrol Bombing Squadron 106. Established 1 June 1943 as Bombing Squad­ron 106 under the command of Commander John T. “Chick” Hayward (see June 1995 Pro...

  • Comment & Discussion

    “The Quick Strike Submarine”

    (See J. N. Giaquinto, L. L. McDonald, J. P. Madden, pp. 41-44, June 1995 Proceedings)

    William Christie—As an example of the roles-and-missions hysteria now sweeping the U.S. Navy...

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