Proceedings Magazine - April 1996 Volume 122/4/1,118

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On 19 February 1996, I heard that a wonderful young officer, Lieutenant Commander John “Stacy” Bates, his back-seater, and three civilians on the ground had been killed in...



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  • The Topgun Mentality
    By Donald Bringle

    On 19 February 1996, I heard that a wonderful young officer, Lieutenant Commander John “Stacy” Bates, his back-seater, and three civilians on the ground had been killed in an aircraft accident involving the F-14 Tomcat....

  • Ready, Fire, Aim
    By Colonel W.C. Gregson, U.S. Marine Corps

    For more than 50 years, U.S. national security policy has been organized to defy a designated enemy. But the new road forward offers no such certainty; we therefore must develop multiple paths, encouraging innovation and experimentation...

  • Teaching Excellence
    By Lieutenant Commander Tom Rancich and Lieutenant Commander William Hamblet, U.S.Navy

    When U.S. Naval Special Warfare forces train host-nation personnel in riverine and jungle warfare and other defense missions, they support U.S. foreign policy goals, increase their own combat readiness, and help build forces in...

  • SEALs Provide Emergency Care
    By T. Rancich and W. Hamblet

    Most of SEAL Team Four’s Hotel platoon arrived at the airfield in Trujillo, Honduras, at 1200 on 11 May 1995. By 1300, all platoon equipment had been offloaded and the C-27 had departed for its return flight to Panama. Everything was going...

  • Russian Naval Aviation Joins the Big Leagues
    By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Together with the United States and France, Russia now can fulfill the traditional roles of the fast carrier: air superiority, support of troops ashore, and power projection. While the United States clearly remains the dominant player in carrier...

  • A Better Naval ABM System
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Denny, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Most naval antiballistic missile system proposals are built around the Standard missile, but a more cost-effective alternative might be found in the Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber naval gun.

  • An Alternative Design for SC-21
    By Captain Thomas J. Brown, U.S. Navy

    The most effective design for the new surface combatant may lie down a new path. A ship built along the design of a modern container carrier, with modular sensor and weapon systems, could be combined with smaller scout fighters to...

  • Who's Left to Paint?
    By Lieutenant Chuck Good, U.S. Navy

    Since the mid-1960s, new surface ship design or development programs have incorporated some form of reduced manning to lower cost and improve efficiency. Present plans for SC-21 are no exception. Proponents of minimum manning point to the...

  • After the Falcons—What?
    By Lieutenant Commander Stephen A. Stott, U.S. Coast Guard

    With the retirement of the HU-25 Falcons, will the Coast Guard be sacrificing some of its flexibility, especially in its ability to conduct medium-range search-and-rescue missions?

  • Are We Ready for Tomorrow?
    By Lieutenant David R. Klain, U.S. Navy

    From the Republican sweep of Congress to the continuing battle between Department of Defense requirements and available resources, 1995 was filled with events that will have a significant impact on the Navy of tomorrow. Many defense analysts...

  • Welcome to El Dorado Canyon
    By Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Responding to terrorist attacks endorsed by Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. aircraft—here, a Marine EA-6B and a Navy A-7E and F-14 prepare to launch from the carrier America (CV-66)—paid a surprise call on Libya...

  • Rockeyed Intruders and Snakeyed Aardvarks
    By Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, USN (Ret.)

    Despite refusal of French and Spanish leaders to allow Air Force F-111s to fly over their countries, those Aardvarks and carrier-based Navy A-6E Intruders hit several targets in Tripoli and Benghazi simultaneously.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Officer Retention: Why We Stay, Why We Go
    By Lieutenant Bryan G. McGrath, U.S. Navy

    Some statistics are circulating that seek to define the level of job satisfaction of Navy personnel. These statistics, while not all-encompassing, generally reflect the reasons we stay in the Navy and why we leave. Overall, job satisfaction...

  • Pictorial: 34th Annual Photo Contest Winners

    The Photographers and Their Work

    First Prize—Charlie Neuman, The San Diego Union-Tribune—Marine Cpl. John Clowers, of a light armored reconnaissance battalion of the 11th Marine...

  • "That Others May Live"
    By Lieutenant Colonel Clyde Smith, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Coined during the Korean War, the Air Force search-and-rescue motto means what it says. The author, an A-6 pilot on his second combat tour in Vietnam, was assigned to Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron [VMA(AW)]-224 on...

  • Setting Up the Rescue
    By Colonel James C. Harding, U.S. Air Force

    The A-6 went down in one of the hottest segments of the Ho Chi Minh Trail—in Laos between the Tchepone area and the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Several aircraft had recently been shot down by AAA near there, and the AAA was our first concern...

  • Professional Notes

    Helicopter Rambos—A Fatal Combination

    By Captain Brian V. Buzzell, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    One clear message in the lessons learned from Operations Earnest Will (...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy

    Gregory L. Vistica. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 390 pp. Ind. Notes. Photos. $27.50 ($24.75).

    Reviewed by Colonel W. Hays Parks, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

  • The Republic Navies: A Dream Come True . . . Sorta
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Guide to the Russian Armed Forces

    A 60-year dream came true for Russian navalists earlier this year when the aircraft carrier Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov steamed into the Mediterranean Sea. This is the first long-range deployment of a conventional...

  • Points of Interest: The Retirement Pay Puzzle
    By Tom Philpott

    The military today is confused about its retirement benefits. To test that hypothesis, I called a recruiting office, picked at random, and asked what a new recruit could expect to receive after 20 years of service.

  • World Naval Developments: Iraq Modifies Limited Hang-Out
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    In January, United Nations inspectors monitoring Iraqi disarmament reported some new Iraqi revelations, possibly intended to forestall statements likely to be made by recent Iraqi defectors, who claimed that in January 1991 they had...

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

    The Danish Navy’s Flyvefisken-class multipurpose combatant Gribbeit displays a new facet of the highly adaptable, glass-reinforced plastic-construction design during a September 1995 deployment. The 14-unit, 450-ton full load displacement...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Bob Lawson

    By mid-1943 the tide of war in the Pacific had shifted against Japan. America’s superior production capacity and its ability to mobilize its fighting forces were the prime reasons for this dramatic reversal.


  • Comment and Discussion

    “What Is Info Warfare”

    (See W.E. Rohde, pp. 34-38, February 1996 Proceedings)

    Captain Christopher H. Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired)—I sincerely enjoyed Commander Rohde’s...

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