By Commander Frederic A. Prisley, USN
May 1996
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 ...

The New Military Professionals

By John Allen Williams
May 1996
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 ...

The Navy's Pressure Cooker

By Tom Philpott
May 1996
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.Lieutenant Commander Bob Bellitto ...

The Year of the Rat

By Thomas Hirschfeld
May 1996
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 ...

Reshaping U.S.-China Relations

By Captain J. S. Kojac, U.S. Marine Corps
May 1996
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 ...

ASW as Practiced in Birnam Wood

By Captain Bruce Linder, U.S. Navy
May 1996
Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Winner MacBeth shall never vanquished be untilGreat Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane HillShall come against him.MacBeth: “That will never be.Who can impress ...

Moving Sea Power Ashore

By Lieutenant Commander Carol Hottenrott, U.S. Navy
May 1996
First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay ContestOnce a navy has achieved command of the seas, littoral operations are a natural progression; sea power’s ultimate aim always has been to ...

Our Differing View of War

By Lieutenant Commander Scott Hastings, U.S. Navy
May 1996
Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay ContestNowhere are the cultural differences among the services more important than in joint war fighting. The last service to embrace jointness—here, the Dwight ...

The Day It Became the Longest War

By Lieutenant General Charles G. Cooper, USMC (Ret.)
May 1996
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 ...

The U.S. Navy in Review

By Scott C. Truver
May 1996
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.“Knock that stuff off!” ...

Vision for the Future

By The Honorable John H. Dalton
May 1996
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.ReadinessReadiness simply is no longer an ...

The U.S. Marine Corps

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
May 1996
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 ...

Why Sea Dragon?

By Major Mark Sutherland, U.S. Marine Corps
May 1996
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 ...

Marine Role in Europe Changes

By Dr. Robert E. Osborne
May 1996
“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 ...

The U.S. Coast Guard in Review

By Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
May 1996
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 ...

World Naval Developments in Review

By Norman Friedman
May 1996
French Face RealiteOn 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 ...

Sweden Launches Second AIP Submarine

By Antony Preston
May 1996
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 ...

Combat Fleets

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

U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Development

By Floyd D. Kennedy, Jr.
May 1996
The Next Bottom-Up ReviewThe 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 their ...

Congressional Watch

By Tom Philpott
May 1996
Here is a winning recipe for a Navy budget:Start with a modest, new shipbuilding program.Pre-heat Congress with its first bicameral Republican majority in more than 40 years.Fill key chairmanships, including ...

Notable Naval Books of 1995

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 1996
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

May 1996
He Was Not ExpendableHe 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 ...

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