Proceedings Magazine - July 1996 Volume 122/7/1,121

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The family of Admiral Mike Boorda is paying an awful price for having a loved one involved in the leadership of the Department of the Navy. Did the job itself kill him? Probably not,...



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  • What Price Leadership?
    By Dan Howard

    The family of Admiral Mike Boorda is paying an awful price for having a loved one involved in the leadership of the Department of the Navy. Did the job itself kill him? Probably not, but it is likely that had he never been subjected...

  • Mrs. Boorda's Message to the Navy
    By Betty Boorda

    Thank you, U.S. Navy, and a special thanks to you, those wonderful sailors. Thank you for the overwhelming outpouring of wonderful stories and letters that our family has received during this period of grief. You have made our lives bearable by...

  • Could I Have Saved Admiral Boorda?
    By Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMCR

    A few days after Admiral Mike Boorda’s death last May, my work in the Marine Corps Reserve prompted a trip to the Washington Navy Yard. The atmosphere there was clearly somber; security vehicles guarded the approaches to the...

  • The Admiral, the Reporter, and the Sailor's Wife
    By Ed Offley
    “You’re not going to like this,” I said, brandishing the computer printout.

    “Let me read it now,” Admiral Mike Boorda replied. He took the paper and began skimming it, ignoring his aide and...

  • A Letter to the Plank Owners
    By Brigadier General Mark Hamilton, USA

    In another of the strange and sometimes cruel ironies that mark the course of history, the tragedy of Admiral Mike Boorda’s death very likely will be remembered as the turning point for the U.S. Navy in its course toward a much improved...

  • Give Her All You Got
    By Captain Kevin Green, USN

    Dear Commander Jones:

    I was delighted to receive your letter of introduction and hope you are finding the long command pipeline both useful and enjoyable. As the days draw you close to assumption of command you undoubtedly will have many...

  • Sell It Like It Is
    By Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Raymond Bollinger, USCGR

    The Coast Guard Reserve doesn’t just supply emergency “surge” manpower. More often a group of constables—those charged with keeping the peace within their districts, though often assigned additional...

  • Ducks in the Desert 2010
    By Commander Steve Jarrett, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In bureaucratic, hierarchical organizations employees are often like sheep. They mill around but have no clear sense of purpose. What companies need, it is often said, are wild ducks. But any duck that gets too far out of formation...

  • Keeping Up With the Revolution
    By Captain Jim Patton, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In his final appearance before Congress prior to his retirement earlier this year as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Bill Owens warned that—although the exploitation of high technology is critical to...

  • Fight Fast First
    By Lieutenant Colonel John R. Martin, U.S. Army, and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gunzinger, U.S. Air Force

    In most future operations, decisive warfare will be joint warfare. For the Navy, this means a shift in emphasis from decisive Mahanian battle at sea to a strategy that focuses on operations and forces—such as a stealthy sea...

  • High Altitude Endurance UAVs
    By Michael L. McDaniel
    The Tier 2+ and Tier 3- unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA), although not Navy programs, may be of great use in naval operations.

    These UAVs emerged from the High Altitude Endurance UAV...

  • Stretched Too Thin
    By Major David A. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps

    Realigning to meet the nation’s changing needs will require a painful reorganization—to include standing down the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa—but the Marine Corps that emerges can provide...

  • Tomorrow's Fleet—Part I
    By Scott C. Truver

    Once considered the submarine of the future, the Seawolf (SSN-21) is now considered a “bridge” to the less-expensive NSSN. And for the first time in 30 years, the Navy is cooking up a new carrier design.

  • The U.S. Navy Must Re-Evaluate Its Doctrine
    By Ensign Patrick. M. Kelly, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

  • Carrier Aviation Faces an Uncertain Future
    By Ensign Michael Langbehn, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

  • SSNs Have Role in Low Intensity Conflicts
    By Ensign William C. Pritchett, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

  • Henry Morgan's Raid Is Relevant
    By Second Lieutenant Mark Kerber, U.S. Marine Corps

    Capstone Essay Contest

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Submarine Officer Training: A Required Shift in Focus
    By Lieutenant John R. Hindinger, U.S. Navy

    Two submarines, a U.S. improved Los Angeles (SSN-688) class and a Russian improved Akula, meet several hundred miles off our coast. Their missions are in direct opposition. The Russian intends to slip by the American to approach within land-...

  • 122nd Annual Meeting and Sixth Annapolis Seminar: Defending the Navy's Culture

    By James Webb

    Like so many graduates of this institution, I am flooded with memories each time I drive through the Naval Academy gates and see the monuments and the buildings that have by now become a constant in my life. The memories...

  • Professional Notes

    Countering High-Tech Drug Smugglers

    By Lieutenant Christopher Tomney, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Joseph DiRenzo III, U.S. Coast Guard

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    America’s Team: the Odd Couple

    Frank Aukofer and Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN (Ret.). Nashville, TN: The Freedom Forum, 176 pp. App. Bib. Ind. Photos. Free. Apply...

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

    For much of the Cold War the U.S. Navy lived under the threat of nuclear attack at sea. Indeed, the specter of warships torn asunder by nuclear explosions obsessed naval planners and weapon developers in the early days of the...

  • World Naval Developments: Tacit Blue: Radar vs. Stealth
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    In May, details of a hitherto secret U.S. battlefield reconnaissance aircraft developed during the 1980s, Northrop’s Tacit Blue, were revealed. Unlike the F-117 and B-2, Tacit Blue resembles nothing so much as a slightly...

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

    Pictured is a model of Spain’s new F100-class guided missile “frigate,” the first unit of which is to be delivered in 2001. Spain, with the Netherlands and Germany, formed a consortium early in 1994 to develop systems for...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Lead ship of the largest class of heavy cruisers ever built, the USS Baltimore (CA-68), was the lead ship of the Baltimore-class of heavy cruisers, and the fifth U.S. warship to bear that name. Launched on 28 July 1942 by Bethlehem...

  • Notebook
  • Comment and Discussion

    “The Navy’s Pressure Cooker”

    (See T. Philpott, pp. 50-55, May 1996 Proceedings)

    Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Paul H. Sayles, U.S. Naval Reserve—I reviewed Tom Philpott’s time line for career...

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