The Topgun Mentality

By Donald Bringle
April 1996
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 ...

"That Others May Live"

By Lieutenant Colonel Clyde Smith, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
April 1996
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

April 1996
“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 thoughtful and thorough article, but a word to the ...

Lest We Forget

By Bob Lawson
April 1996
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
April 1996
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 craft ...

World Naval Developments: Iraq Modifies Limited Hang-Out

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems
April 1996
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 ...

The Republic Navies: A Dream Come True . . . Sorta

By Norman Polmar, Author, Guide to the Russian Armed Forces
April 1996
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 ...

Book Reviews & Books of Interest

April 1996
Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. NavyGregory L. Vistica. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 390 pp. Ind. Notes. Photos. $27.50 ($24.75).Reviewed by Colonel W. Hays Parks, ...

Professional Notes

April 1996
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 (Persian Gulf), Praying Mantis (Libya), and Desert ...

Setting Up the Rescue

By Colonel James C. Harding, U.S. Air Force
April 1996
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 ...

Pictorial: 34th Annual Photo Contest Winners

April 1996
The Photographers and Their WorkFirst Prize—Charlie Neuman, The San Diego Union-Tribune—Marine Cpl. John Clowers, of a light armored reconnaissance battalion of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, greets daughter Chloe ...

Ready, Fire, Aim

By Colonel W.C. Gregson, U.S. Marine Corps
April 1996
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 ...

Rockeyed Intruders and Snakeyed Aardvarks

By Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, USN (Ret.)
April 1996
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 ...

Welcome to El Dorado Canyon

By Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. Stanik, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1996
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 ...

Are We Ready for Tomorrow?

By Lieutenant David R. Klain, U.S. Navy
April 1996
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 ...

After the Falcons—What?

By Lieutenant Commander Stephen A. Stott, U.S. Coast Guard
April 1996
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?Because of budget cutbacks, ...

Who's Left to Paint?

By Lieutenant Chuck Good, U.S. Navy
April 1996
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. ...

An Alternative Design for SC-21

By Captain Thomas J. Brown, U.S. Navy
April 1996
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 ...

A Better Naval ABM System

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Denny, U.S. Naval Reserve
April 1996
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.Since the ...

Russian Naval Aviation Joins the Big Leagues

By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1996
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 ...

SEALs Provide Emergency Care

By T. Rancich and W. Hamblet
April 1996
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 ...

Teaching Excellence

By Lieutenant Commander Tom Rancich and Lieutenant Commander William Hamblet, U.S.Navy
April 1996
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 ...

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