Proceedings Magazine - January 1996 Volume 122/1/1,115

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On 6 September 1995, the White House announced the termination of one of the United States’ three uniformed maritime services, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...



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  • The White House Torpedoes NOAA Commissioned Corps
    By Craig McLean

    On 6 September 1995, the White House announced the termination of one of the United States’ three uniformed maritime services, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps. The White House Home...

  • Generation X: One Wardroom's Perspective
    By Lieutenant (junior grade0 John Sharpe, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Commander Chris Ratliff, U.S. Navy, and Commander Kevin Peppe, U.S. Navy

    Three naval officers assigned to the attack submarine USS Atlanta (SSN-712) respond to the recent Proceedings article. “Keeping the Generation X Junior Officer,” which contends that junior...

  • CNEF Arriving!
    By Commander T. J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The most casual reader has come across the term naval expeditionary force (NEF) in discussions of the U.S. Navy’s current strategic role. As outlined in . . From the Sea,” and “Forward . . . From the Sea,” the...

  • The B-1B: In Memoriam
    By Colonel Everest E. Riccioni, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    How best to immortalize the incredible achievement that is the B-1 fleet? Create a monument to its lessons.

    My fellow Americans, today I ask that you weigh this momentous national decision: The B-1B strategic...

  • The 84,000-Pound Sonobuoy
    By Captain Richard A. Hoffman, U.S.Navy (Retired)

    Tests using seaplanes for antisubmarine warfare in the mid-1950s highlighted problems in take-off and landing in heavy seas. Here, a Martin Marlin P5M-2 negotiates calmer seas; the sonar hoist test rig pictured...

  • Can't Leave Peace to the Diplomats
    By Colonel W. C. Gregson, U.S. Marine Corps

    If the United States wants to limit nuclear proliferation, it must decrease its vulnerability to nuclear strike and provide security assurances to nonnuclear nations. The presence and commitment of forward-deployed U.S....

  • Promises, Promises
    By Captain Warren Caldwell, Jr., U.S. Navy

    Its advocates present a future of impunity, invulnerability, and invincibility in warfare—Desert Storm with “more microchips” (here, active matrix liquid crystal displays)—but the technical revolution in...

  • What Price Sticky Foam?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Martin N. Stanton, U.S. Army

    The most recent additions to the military’s arsenal of nonlethal weapons—this Marine demonstrates the stopping ability of sticky foam—received near universal praise in the media. However, these wonder...

  • Whither Naval Special Warfare?
    By Rear Admiral George Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After nearly a decade of buildup and revitalization, Naval Special Warfare was ready for Desert Storm—here, a SEAL delivery vehicle launches from its tow sled after being towed by the Kuwaiti patrol boat ...

  • The Soldier's Other Battlefields
    By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Not every occupational risk that comes with military service results from enemy munitions. We must remain alert to the more insidious threats such as cancer and reproductive damage, and remember our obligation to those who...

  • Leadership Forum: A Comment from the Back Row
    By Lieutenant Commander James J. McGovern, U.S. Navy

    My disassociated sea tour was both thrilling and taxing. Most pilots who have completed this tour reluctantly will agree that they learned something every day—and that they drafted a resignation letter at least once a week. (I...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Silent Is Smart
    By Ensign Christopher M. Czyzewski, U.S. Navy

    Communications in modem naval warfare is becoming more important as the technology continues to grow dramatically. In the Battle of Jutland, for example, divisions of battleships required signal flags flying from yardarms to transmit line-of-...

  • Nobody Asked Me. But…Keep Separate the Command and the Pulpit
    By Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth W. Estes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Secretary of the Navy John Dalton’s recent retention of Lieutenant Commander K. A. Carkhuff caused me some dismay. Commander Carkhuff expressed reservations about flying with women in combat, citing his religious and moral...

  • Professional Notes

    Prepositioning: Getting There First’est with the Most’est

    By John M. Collins

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Hard Bargain: How FDR Twisted Churchill’s Arm, Evaded the Law, and Changed the American Presidency

    Robert Shogan. New York: Scribner. 1995. 320 pp. Illus. Notes. Ind. $24.00 ($21.60).

    Reviewed by Fred E...

  • The U.S. Navy: More Bang for the Buck
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Truly new warships are developed infrequently; in the 50 years since the end of World War II, the nuclear-propelled ballistic missile submarine probably is the only new warship concept introduced into the world’s navies....

  • Points of Interest: Retirees Fight for Health Care
    By Tom Philpott

    It is sad to see retirees protest lost benefits. Sadness turns to alarm for military leaders, however, when picket lines form in front of recruiting stations.

  • World Naval Developments: Spies . . . and All That
    By Norman Friedman

    Late in October the Senate Intelligence Committee was treated to revelations about Soviet deception of U.S. intelligence during the latter stages of the Cold War. According to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John M. Deutsch, deception...

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

    Seen in September while still on trials (and hence without her pendant number) is the second German Navy Brandenburg-class (Klasse 123) frigate, Schleswig-Holstein, a name that commemorates the pre-dreadnought battleship that fired the opening...

  • Notebook
  • Comment and Discussion

    “Around the Knothole”

    (See F.A. Prisley, pp. 34-38, December 1995 Proceedings)

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  • Maneuvering Past Maneuver Warfare
    By Major General Edward B. Atkeson, U.S. Army (Retired)

    The Army experienced a momentary flirtation with maneuver warfare but soon realized that fire and maneuver are inseparable parts of a continuum, to be employed in measured doses according to the situation—here, as U.S. and Royal ...


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