Proceedings Magazine - May 1996 Volume 122/5/1,119

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As a big fan of Lawrence Di Rita’s “I Went Joint (But I Didn’t Inhale)” in the July 1993 Proceedings, I thought the timing about right to pen a sequel to his classic...


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  • Double-Jointed
    By Commander Frederic A. Prisley, USN
    As a big fan of Lawrence Di Rita’s “I Went Joint (But I Didn’t Inhale)” in the July 1993 Proceedings, I thought the timing about right to pen a sequel to his classic perspective on joint duty. Things move slowly in...
  • 'About Fighting and Winning Wars': An Interview with Dick Cheney
    Brendan M. Greely, Jr. and Fred L. Schultz

    The former Secretary of Defense and now President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of the Dallas-based Halliburton Company fielded a wide range of questions recently from Proceedings editors Brendan M. Greely, Jr., and Fred L. Schultz....

  • The New Military Professionals
    By John Allen Williams

    In addition to sea-service officers of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, these Naval War College students saying good-bye on graduation day include a healthy representation of Army, Air Force and allied officers. In...

  • The Navy's Pressure Cooker
    By Tom Philpott

    Young naval officers today face nearly insurmountable professional demands to compete, but the Navy is looking for new ways to improve career choices—and, ultimately, its officers.

  • The Year of the Rat
    By Thomas Hirschfeld
    Military exercises designed to scare Taiwan led to sensational headlines about China’s growing military might. In reality, however, the Chinese Navy, like these soldiers guarding Nanxun Reef in the Spratlys, is not a blue-water threat...
  • Reshaping U.S.-China Relations
    By Captain J. S. Kojac, U.S. Marine Corps

    Relations between the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) and the United States are at their worst point in 25 years. China’s military exercises, timed to influence Taiwan’s elections, along with issues of trade, the Spratly...

  • ASW as Practiced in Birnam Wood
    By Captain Bruce Linder, U.S. Navy

    Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Winner


    MacBeth shall never vanquished be until

    Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill

    Shall come against him.

    MacBeth: “...

  • Moving Sea Power Ashore
    By Lieutenant Commander Carol Hottenrott, U.S. Navy

    First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Once a navy has achieved command of the seas, littoral operations are a natural progression; sea power’s ultimate aim always has been...

  • Our Differing View of War
    By Lieutenant Commander Scott Hastings, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Nowhere are the cultural differences among the services more important than in joint war fighting. The last service to embrace jointness—...

  • The Day It Became the Longest War
    By Lieutenant General Charles G. Cooper, USMC (Ret.)

    The Pentagon is a busy place, where the workday starts early-especially so, as the expression goes, if "a war is on." In that respect, one beautiful fall day in early November 1965 was no different. In another, it was more different...

  • The U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver
    It was a year of stark, often dramatic, contrasts for the U.S. Navy, with the zenith and nadir perhaps epitomized by statements of two of its leaders.
  • Vision for the Future
    By The Honorable John H. Dalton

    In my tenure as Secretary of the Navy, I have focused on four themes with a vision for the future: readiness, technology, efficiency, and people.


    Readiness simply is no longer an issue. I have no doubt that America...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Every four years, with all the behind-the-scenes speculation of a papal selection, the Marine Corps anoints a new Commandant—1995 was such a year. Lieutenant General Charles C. Krulak was selected and when the word got out...

  • Why Sea Dragon?
    By Major Mark Sutherland, U.S. Marine Corps

    Change is like a dragon, the Chinese say: If respected and handled properly, it can be a potent ally. In this spirit. Marine Corps planners of the 1930s, working at Quantico. challenged the conventional wisdom that amphibious assaults were...

  • Marine Role in Europe Changes
    By Dr. Robert E. Osborne

    “If General Joulwan tells me what he wants to emphasize, I will build a force to accomplish it,” Lieutenant General Charles E. Wilhelm, U.S. Marine Corps, told a group of planners assembled to define Marine Corps capabilities in...

  • The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The first month of 1995 was not yet over when national news chronicled the dramatic rescue by Coast Guard helicopter of three people from a sailboat far out in the Atlantic, 300 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. The January-typical...

  • World Naval Developments in Review
    By Norman Friedman

    French Face Realite

    On 23 February 1996, the French government Finally announced the inevitable defense cuts in a document describing plans for 1997 through 2015. France had been the only major Western country not...

  • Sweden Launches Second AIP Submarine
    By Antony Preston

    Sweden celebrated another significant step in the evolution of submarines on 9 February at Malmi in southern Sweden when Thage G. Peterson, Sweden’s Defense Minister, launched the Uppland—second of the Royal Swedish Navy’s...

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

    Shown in April 1995, shorn of her 130-mm guns and major radar antennas while laid up in technical reserve, is the second of 17 Sovremennyy-class guided-missile destroyers built for the Soviet and Russian navies since 1981, the Northern...

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch

    Throughout 1995, the U.S. maritime industry was swept along on currents of unprecedented change. U.S. waterborne imports and exports posted another year of impressive gains, rising from 893,780,000 metric tons in 1994 to 953,...

  • U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Development
    By Floyd D. Kennedy, Jr.

    The Next Bottom-Up Review

    The Bottom-Up Review and its two “Medium Regional Contingencies” underpinning are dead—they simply haven’t been buried yet. The cause of death is nothing so rational as...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Tom Philpott

    Here is a winning recipe for a Navy budget:

  • Notable Naval Books of 1995
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In 1986, the "Notable Naval Books" column ended with the congratulatory observation that "these books are a small cross-section of a large body of literature on a profession that is impressively remarkable in its diversity, that is...

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    By Samuel Loring Morison
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    He Was Not Expendable

    He was a naval officer for 55 years, and he apologized to no one for it. He fought the Japanese in the Philippines, the Germans at Normandy, called Fidel Castro’s bluff at Guantanamo Bay...

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