Proceedings Magazine - October 1995 Vol. 121/10/1,112

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That the thinning of the junior officer ranks is necessary under the auspices of Navy “rightsizing” efforts is unquestioned. But what about the philosophy that underlies the recent...



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  • Why Are We Losing Our Best JOs?
    By Lieutenant John P. Patch, U.S. Navy

    That the thinning of the junior officer ranks is necessary under the auspices of Navy “rightsizing” efforts is unquestioned. But what about the philosophy that underlies the recent methodology of junior officer Voluntary Separation...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Create Joint Billets for Surface Combatants
    By Lieutenant Commander Howard R. Lind, U.S. Navy

    The traditional roles of the surface ship—antiair warfare, antisurface warfare, and antisubmarine warfare— have been refocused toward the shore line. To strengthen the surface combat­ant’s ability to fight in the...

  • Commentary: It's the Future
    By Seth Cropsey

    Under former Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn’s direction, a commission of distinguished civilians and senior retired officers was established in 1993 to examine the military services’ roles and missions in...

  • Commentary: Business as Usual?
    By David Evans

    The Big Promise

    "In two years, the public will have a record to look at, and they will know whether Republicans really were different when they took control of the people’s House for the first time in 40 years, or if they...

  • Service Academies—Critical to Our Future
    By Admiral Charles R. Larson, U.S. Navy

    During an April 1995 address at the U.S. Naval Academy's Foreign Affairs Conference, Secretary of Defense William Perry was asked, "Where will the service academies be in the 21st century?" His quick reply was, "In...

  • Naval Academy Memories
    By Edward L Beach, Jimmy Carter, John H. Dalton, John S. McCain, III, Robert C. McFarlane, and Walter M. Schirra,

    Naval Academy Memories

    In honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Academy, Proceedings presents six of the venerable institution’s distinguished alumni and their answers to the question: “...

  • A Face in the Yard
    By Lieutenant Colonel Anthony J. Garcia, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Faces of the Naval Academy Essay Contest Winner

    Her name was Kathleen Lewis Grant, and to the young Marine with whom she shared the story of her life she came to symbolize the bond that draws graduates and...

  • A Perfect Form One
    By Commander Jim Stavridis, U.S. Navy

    Faces of the Naval Academy Essay Contest First Honorable Mention

  • For Many Friends
    By Captain R. H. Smith, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Faces of the Naval Academy Essay Contest Second Honorable Mention

    A kaleidoscope of friends, faces, and possible futures leads to one conclusion: We must keep this place.

    Commentary relating to...

  • Heroes of King Hall
    By Midshipman 1/C Richard S. Langton, U.S. Navy

    To serve 11,000 meals a day, they begin work at 0100 and don't close shop for 21 hours. In between, the professionals at King Hall exhibit unmatched teamwork and dedication to service.

  • Exchange of Place
    By Lieutenant Commander Joe Yodzis, U.S. Navy and Lieutenant Pierre Graffin, French Navy

    A U.S. and a French naval officer compare notes after completing their respective exchange duty tours at the French Ecole Navale and the U.S. Naval Academy.

    By Lieutenant Commander Joe Yodzis, U.S. Navy


  • The Rise & Decline of Coercive Statecraft
    By James Nathan

    The legend of the Cuban Missile Crisis— that Kennedy drove events through a vir­tual ultimatum to the Soviets—was another blow to diplomacy and a precursor to the concept of overwhelming force. But in the post-...

  • Keeping the Generation X Junior Officer
    By Lieutenant Hal Goetsch, U.S. Navy

    Quality of life issues are the current push in saving the Navy’s enlisted rules—but quality of purpose and clarity of mission will save its young officers.

  • To Render Assistance
    By Commander Trueman W. Sharp, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy; Captain John D. Malone, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy; and Commander Joseph F. Bouchard, U.S. Navy

    Emergency humanitarian assistance is likely to remain a continuingeven if not a principalmission of the U.S. armed forces. Operational commanders should under­...

  • The Navy Must Suppress Enemy Air Defenses
    By Commander Kenneth G. Krech, U.S. Navy

    Tomorrow’s enemies will not build air forces to counter ours. Rather, they will buy things to shoot down our aircraft—and that’s where the Navy must take the lead, because the Air Force is pulling back from the...

  • Rethinking the Ship
    By Michael Vlahos

    The surface warfare community’s future is in change. The next surface combatant must change the Navy, or the combatant and all who sail her will drift off to the margins of national defense. Change around us is so big that...

  • Losing the Horse-holders
    By J. Robert Bost, James G. Mellis, and Philip A. Dent

    As personnel costs rise and budget dollars fall, the Navy must look to design and acquire ships with integrated, reduced-manpower systems. Operational manning—such as for underway replenishment—is one area where...

  • Sea Shadow Tests Combat Systems
    By Garard J. Mayer

    The U. S. Navy’s Sea Shadow, de­veloped as a test platform for signa­ture control, automation, sea keeping, and ship control, has recently been testing ad­vanced combat systems prototypes.

  • Destroyers Deliver "Urgent Fury"
    By Captain Michael C. Potter, Supply Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Editor’s Note: This feature is an adaptation from Captain Potter's more detailed account of the Grenada operation in Electronic Greyhounds: The Spruance-Class Destroyers, just published by the Naval Institute Press.

  • TQL Forum: Lessons Learned from the USS Conolly
    By James L. Gibson, Ph.D., and Captain Robert L. Holt, U.S. Navy

    In April 1991, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet (CinCLantFlt) designated the USS Conolly (DD-979) as one of five demonstration ships and two air squadrons “to implement TQL and to pro­vide data from operating ships and squadrons on...

  • Special: London Conference Stresses Importance of Offshore Mission
    By Antony Preston

    The Royal Institution of Naval Archi­tects (RINA) is noted for its annual summer naval conferences, not just be­cause of its prestige as a professional body but because of the high standard of discussion. Papers are vetted to...

  • Professional Notes

    A Bridge Too Far?

    By Lieutenant David D. Maquera, U.S. Naval Reserve

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Remain Faithful to the Good Shepherd
    By Commander Eric R. Rosenlof, U.S. Navy
    The sexy, whoosh-bang mission of surface combatant theater ballistic missile defense (TBMD) is designed to counter the threat of a villainous nation state with Super Scuds. However, will its current favored status with politi­cians,...
  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    The First World War: A Complete History

    Martin Gilbert. New York: Henry Holt, 1994. 615 pp. Bib. Illus. Ind. Maps. Notes. Photos. $35.00 ($31.50).

    Reviewed by Bill Rawling

  • The Republic Navies: The Quest for the Quiet Submarine
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Guide to the Russian Armed Forces

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral J. M. Boorda has re­vealed that the Russian Navy has several submarines at sea that are quieter than the latest U.S. submarines, the improved Los Angeles (SSN-688) class.1 His statement reveals...

  • Points of Interest: Military Pay in the 21st Century
    By Tom Philpott

    It is easy to cook up a 1970s-style decline in force quality over the next decade. Start with tightening Defense budgets. Add a series of broken promises to careerists and retirees. Cut cost-of-living adjustments, and delay future retired pay....

  • World Naval Developments: Inert BLU-113A/B Penetrates Concrete
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    The 50th anniversary of VJ-Day, the victory over Japan in the Pacific, raises questions unresolved since 1945 that may well determine the next decade of Asian history. Since the United States is allied to several countries in the...

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

    In December 1994, Norway delivered three surplus, disarmed 37-knot Storm- class guided-missile patrol boats to the Baltic Republics to assist in their devel­opment of maritime forces capable of performing coastal patrol and sovereignty...

  • 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

    In the early 1960s, the Navy conducted the Sea-Based Strike Study, an effort to de­velop an aircraft to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk on its air­craft carriers. The result of this study was Vought’s A-7 Corsair II and an expansion...

  • Comment & Discussion

    “To Each According to His Needs”

    (See A. G. Webb, pp. 62-64, August 1995 Proceedings)

    Captain Richard A. Robbins, US. Navy—Mr. Webb’s article concerning military compensation is...

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