Proceedings Magazine - November 1996 Volume 122/11/1,125

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The Navy has been attacked and vilified over the past several years by many who claim special insight into the service’s workings and culture. The flood of revisionist criticism...



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  • In Defense of America's Navy
    By Ned Hogan

    The Navy has been attacked and vilified over the past several years by many who claim special insight into the service’s workings and culture. The flood of revisionist criticism over the effort to build a 600-ship Navy, however...

  • Men or Missies for Close Air Support?
    By Major David C. Fuquea, U.S. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Essay Contest Winner

    As the threat to and burden of manned platforms increases, precision-guided cruise missiles may provide the best means for delivering close air support. Truck- mounted launchers would...

  • Will Sea Dragon Succeed?
    By Major Paul L. Damren, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention Marine Corps Essay Contest

    It will if Marine Corps Commandant General Charles Krulak can bring all Marines on board, to share his vision of change and to...

  • A Joint Heavy-Lift Helicopter?
    By Lieutenant Commander M. K. Tribbie, U.S. Navy

    That’s a good question and it deserves a good answer. The most intelligent choice for a heavy-lift rotor craft replacement would be a joint-design airframe compatible with all the service needs, including shipboard operations. We’...

  • We Can Make Real "Starship Troopers"
    By Captain Robert Smullen, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    If the Marine Corps wants real Starship Troopers—warriors who can think and act independently, with self-discipline and the will to complete missions—it will have to restructure training and deployments to achieve unit cohesion....

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...No Women in Ground Combat
    By Second Lieutenant Laura Boussy, U.S. Air Force

    "Decisions on what roles women should play in war must be based on military standards, not women's rights."—General Norman Schwarzkopf

  • Meeting Minority Recruiting Quotas
    By Captain Todd Buechs, U.S. Marine Corps

    In 1994, the Secretary of the Navy, John Dalton, directed that the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy will by the year 2000 increase minority representation in their officer populations to the following levels:

  • Aviation Intel Isn't Ops
    By Staff Sergeant Jeffrey S. Cartwright, U.S. Marine Corps

    Last year, a unique concept was introduced to the AV-8B Harrier community: the weapons department. Modeled after the U.S. Air Force's weapons and tactics shop—found in many F-16 squadrons—this new department was created as a focal...

  • A Day with the Commandant: Failure Is an Option?
    By Beth Jannery

    A day in the life of General Charles Krulak offers a glimpse at the changes the Commandant sees in the Marines’ future.

  • Strategic Bombing: Always a Myth
    By Colonel Everest E. Riccioni, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    Seventy-five years of praying at the altar of Giulio Douhet—the god of strategic bombing—has proved worthless. We assess bombing theory and practice analytically, and develop a new model for the future.

  • New FitRep System Doesn't Cut It
    By Captain T. Q. Donaldson, U.S. Navy

    The new fitness report system was created to fight the corrosive effects of overinflation and peer ranking. Yet, judging from early returns, our new system—like the system it replaced—is being gamed. We should take a year off to...

  • Nonlethal Weapons: Can of Worms
    By Lieutenant Colonel Martin Stanton, U.S. Army

    The U.S. armed forces must slow the nonlethal weapons bandwagon long enough to assess their real capabilities and implications—or risk being hamstrung by public expectations about what can be accomplished without...

  • We Must Support Independence
    By Colonel William V. Kennedy, Army of the United States (Retired)

    If we do not recognize that Taiwan is or vital importance to Japan, we are someday going to be very surprised and outraged by the ultimate Japanese reaction to the situation. Failure to support Taiwan independence will be seen by Japan...

  • The Critics Were Right
    By Jeffrey Record
    Some say it was the cynical mass media and the counterculture of the 1960s. Others point to shortcomings in civilian leadership—prominent among those leaders, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. And still others find military...
  • Will We Be Ready for Tomorrow?
    By Captains George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy, and Kendall Curtis, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The challenges of the future will include feeding the hungry, maintaining law and order, and building basic services. Radically different strategies will be required if the armed forces are to be successful in responding to these...

  • Professional Notes

    Cross-Decking with the Russians Can Work

    By Thomas S. Momiyama

    I propose nothing less than to crossdeck with the Russian Navy.

    Visualize the...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

    LtCol. Dave Grossman, USA (Ret.). Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1996. 367 pp. Ind. Notes. $24.95 ($22.45); hardcover $13.95 ($12.55) paper.


  • The U.S. Navy: How Fast Is Fast?
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. nuclear-propelled attack submarine Seawolf (SSN-21) underwent her initial sea trials this summer with great success. The Navy would not comment on whether the Seawolf attained her designed speed, but immediately after the...

  • Personal Journals: Every Leader Needs One
    By Major Gary C. Lehmann, U.S. Marine Corps

    Of the principles of leadership, knowing yourself and seeking self-improvement come first. To accomplish this, leaders need a link to their past, to understand themselves better in the present and to guide them into the future. A...

  • Points of Interest: Defense Chief Perry Would Miss the People—Not the Politics
    By Tom Philpott

    Dr. William Perry’s affection for military people has deepened during his three-year term as Secretary of Defense. His fondness for Congress clearly has not.

    Discouraged by what he describes as a sharp...

  • World Naval Developments: We Should'a Used Western Union
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide To World Naval Weapons Systems

    The September missile strikes on Iraq exemplify the strengths—and weaknesses—of the U.S. post-Cold War position. The recent crisis began when Iraqi troops entered a U.S.- sponsored Kurdish safe zone in northern Iraq,...

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

    Commissioned this April, the Turkish Navy’s German-designed Sakarya is the second Type 209/1400-class submarine to be completed at Gölçük Naval Shipyard, Kocaeli. The first, the Preveze, was commissioned in 1994, and...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Marine Night Fighter Squadron 541 (VMF[N]-54I) was one of several Marine Corps night fighter squadrons that distinguished itself in combat in World War II’s Pacific theater. During their two-year existence, the Bateyes...

  • Comment and Discussion

    “Forward ... to the Beach”

    (See G.R. Worthington, p. 12, September 1996 Proceedings)

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