Proceedings Magazine - September 1996 Volume 122/9/1,123

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We need to change the way we are doing business. As currently executed, “Forward . . . From the Sea,” the Navy’s “littoral strategy” since 1992, is too...



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  • Forward . . . to the Beach
    By G. R. Worthington

    We need to change the way we are doing business. As currently executed, “Forward . . . From the Sea,” the Navy’s “littoral strategy” since 1992, is too expensive, too risky, and too reminiscent of the...

  • The Crash of TWA Flight 800: 'Nobody Could Survive This'
    By Bill Bleyer

    When TWA Flight 800 exploded in the sky off Long Island on the evening of 17 July, the Island-class Coast Guard cutter Adak (WPB-1333) was nearby on routine fisheries patrol.

    “Some people on board actually saw the fireball, and the...

  • Remove the Warfare Devices
    By G. Miller

    In his excellent tribute to Admiral Arleigh Burke in the February 1996 Proceedings, historian David Rosenberg mentioned a Burke concept that has never been fully implemented. He cited Burke as believing that “by the time a man...

  • We Don't Need Jaeger Air
    By Major T. C. Moore, U.S. Marine Corps

    "We do not need regiments of flying SEALs . . . roaming the battlefield and targeting at will." Naval air can provide support that engaged ground forces want and need if it zeroes in on better training....

  • Prowler Goes Joint
    By Captain Guy R. Hooper, U.S. Air Force

    The Secretary of Defense consolidated the Navy and Air Force airborne jamming mission in a single platform—the Navy’s EA-6B—and told the services to work it out. The results—here, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

  • Joint Strike Fighter Update
    By David Fulghum

    Discussing the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in isolation is impossible.

    Its future is tied to the U.S. Air Force’s F-22, from which technological advancements will flow, and the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F...

  • F/A-18Es/Fs Fly at Patuxent River
    Interview with Jerry Daniels and Bill Norman

    The new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets undergoing tests at NAS Patuxent River have handled well during aerial refueling and flutter testing. Proceedings Associate Editor Mac Greeley interviewed Jerry Daniels, McDonnell Douglas Vice...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...John Has To Do It Because Jane Can't
    By Captain Phillipe D. Rogers, USMC

    Kudos to the first Marine Corps female aviator to join the Fleet Marine Force! She has tackled this potentially sticky situation with aplomb, common sense, and good old Marine Corps determination. Her reputation and record have been beyond...

  • F-14D Exploits Passive Sensors
    By Lieutenant Commander John Wood, U.S. Navy

    The F-14D has made two highly successful deployments since Carrier Air Wing (CVW)-14 accepted the newest Tomcat variant. On its first deployment with the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Battle Group, the Super Tomcat thoroughly tested its fresh...

  • Helicopters Meet Surface Littoral Warfare Challenge
    By Rear Admiral Ray Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Brian V. Buzzell, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Much has been written recently about the transition from the Cold War to littoral warfare. Nowhere has this transition been more dramatic than in surface warfare, where several factors have converged.

  • Through a Glass Darkly
    By Captain Charles E. Pehl, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Struggling to get a clear vision of the new world order, the Navy is formulating new doctrine for maneuver warfare and combat in the littorals. Before these new philosophies are embraced, however, they must be examined carefully, tested...

  • The Ghost of Rebel Torpedoes
    By Lieutenant Commander John F. Whalen, U.S. Naval Reserve

    In the history of naval mines, one lesson is clear: deployed in combination with other maritime components, they can be potentially decisive. A Baltimore reporter who witnessed the ill-fated April 1863 Union attempt to take Charleston...

  • 'Not All That Far Apart'
    By Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    The news of the death of General Tran Van Tra came as no surprise. I knew he had been ill. Still, the loss of a friend—even one known all too briefly—brings sadness. It was ironic I should feel this way about this man’s death,...

  • The Next 150 Years Begin
    By Admiral Charles R. Larson, U.S. Navy

    The Naval Academy is in the business of producing junior officers for the Navy and the Marine Corps. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff symbolized the demanding interservice world the Naval Academy’s Class of...

  • The Revolution Is Incomplete
    By Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest Winner

    The U.S. armed services usually prefer to work side by side—each doing independently what it does best—instead of...

  • Voodoo Logistics Sink Triphibious Warfare
    By Commander Terry C. Pierce, U.S. Navy
    Winston Churchill dubbed U.S. military operations in the Pacific as “triphibious warfare.”1 Voodoo logistics caused tragic losses at Guadalcanal and would have again in the Gulf War had Iraq not been such a weak...
  • Dinosaur's Dilemma
    By Ensign Christopher Ford, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest 2nd Honorable Mention

    “Sometimes two heads are better than one.”

  • The Arsenal Ship—She's Long Overdue
    By Chuck Myers
    The Arsenal Ship is emerging as a strategic strike and deep interdiction substitute for land- and sea-based piloted bomber aircraft, which for decades have been used to attack heavily defended, fixed, high-value assets. The U.S. Army Air Forces...
  • Ink—and Vision—Can Save 16-Inch Tubes
    By William L. Stearman

    The decision to close the Long Beach Navy Yard in 1997 presented the Navy with what it saw as a problem concerning the disposition of the nine “surplus,” unused 16-inch gun barrels stored there. The problem was whether to...

  • Professional Notes

    Toward a Disposable Striker

    By Rene Loire

    The “Revolution at Sea,” as depicted by Vice Admiral Joseph Metcalf III, U.S. Navy, in the January 1988 Proceedings (pages 34-39) continues to...

  • The U.S. Navy: No More Intruders
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The U.S. Navy’s last specialized attack aircraft—the A-6E Intruder—retires from the fleet in December when Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75) completes its current deployment on board the carrier Enterprise (CVN-65). The VA...

  • Leadership Forum: Leadership, Standards, and Family Values: Mending the Chain
    By Commander Mark A. Pierson, U.S. Navy

    Tailhook. Sexual harassment. A cheating scandal. Press reports of violent crimes committed by Navy personnel overseas. A good order and discipline stand down. Difficulties with junior officer retention. Is there a pattern? Is there a...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest
    Ironclaw: a Navy Carrier Pilot’s Gulf War Experience

    Sherman Baldwin. New York, NY: Morrow, 1996. 258 pp. Gloss. $23.50 ($21.15).

    Reviewed by Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn U.S. Navy...

  • Points of Interest: Special Arrangement for Rostenkowski Angers Retirees
    By Tom Phipott

    Military retirees who believe Washington has grown insensitive to their complaints of declining access to service health care have a fresh reason to believe they’re right.

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    British Choose Nimrod Over P-3

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    This has been a busy year for the Australian-New Zealand joint MEKO 200ANZ-class frigate program. The first unit of the class, the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac, is seen here in June after commissioning on 28 May; the second Australian unit...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The transport vessel Leonard Wood (AP-25), formerly called the Nutmeg State and Western World, was built in 1922 and renamed Leonard Wood after being purchased by the War Department in 1939. After serving with the Army, she was...

  • Comment and Discussion

    “Bomber Debates”

    (See G. Myers, pp. 34-36, August 1996 Proceedings)

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