Proceedings Magazine - January 1997 Volume 123/1/1,127

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During the past 50 years, surveillance and communications technology greatly has reduced the prospect for naval surface forces to traverse the sea undetected. Aircraft fly farther and faster and...


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  • Commentary: Time Is Running Out for Ship Low-Altitude Air Defense
    By Chuck Myers and H. Wyman Howard, Jr.
    During the past 50 years, surveillance and communications technology greatly has reduced the prospect for naval surface forces to traverse the sea undetected. Aircraft fly farther and faster and are armed with weapons that exceed the range of...
  • Operational Maneuver from the Sea
    By General Charles C. Krulak, USMC
    Why will we fight in the future? With more than 30% of our economy tied to foreign markets and that figure certain to grow, we must respond to threats to the global economy.

    In his latest book, Only the Paranoid Survive (New York:...

  • Unshackling the Command Chain
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Michael Parry, USN
    The chain of command and its by-products—restricted information flow and overcentralized decision making—are anachronisms of a bygone era. In today's rapidly changing, information-rich world, if we are to avoid...
  • Counterair Is Still Disjointed
    By Lieutenant Commander W. Beaumont, USN
    Joint defense is the best answer to defeat future air and missile threats—this Marine gunner looks out for hostile aircraft during Roving Sands ’96, a joint tactical air de­fense exercise—but lacking a central vision,...
  • Joint Vision 2010: Can It Happen?
    By Lieutenant General John H. Cushman, USA (Retired)

    With Joint Vision 2010, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili wants to bring together the services’ future organizational and conceptual efforts.

  • JSTARS Works for Navy, Too
    By Captain R. T. Moeller, USN

    Maritime dominance depends on many operational assets that enable our two most critical mis­sions—land attack and theater air dominance—and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) is likely to be one of the keys...

  • It's the Best Thing Since Gunpowder
    By Lieutenant Colonel Price T. Bingham, USAF (Retired)

    That's a pretty explosive assertion. What makes supporters of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System so sure they can deliver? For starters, the system can merge moving target information with synthetic aperture radar displays to...

  • Keep the Best
    By Ronald D. Fricker, Jr.
    The Navy can stem the outflow of its best junior officers by realigning its personnel practices to recognize and give tangible rewards to top performers—because unlike in the popular movie, Mr. Roberts is tired of making up for Ensign...
  • If Deming Were a Detailer
    By Captain T. Q. Donaldson, USN
    Dr. Edwards Deming demon­strated a genuine concern for improving the quality of work as well as the quality of life of work­ers. Had he been a detailer, he would have reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to discover dedi­cated...
  • Razing the House that SAC Built
    By Captain Richard Linnekin, USN (Retired)

    During the Cold War, Air Force heavy bombers were the principal U.S. nuclear deterrent to Soviet machinations. But this strategic mission died with the Evil Empire—here, rows of B-52s rest in the desert. It is time for the Air Force to...

  • Info War: The Next Generation
    By John L. Petersen

    Large-scale conflict will resolve around manipulating information—changing an adversary’s behavior without firing a shot.

  • Leadership Forum: "'The Few, the Proud"—and the Humble?"
    By Captain Timothy Mundy, U.S. Marine Corps

    In a letter to his son, the Marshal de Belle Isle wrote, "If you ever make any mistakes, be quick to admit and especially comet them. While this manner of conducting oneself is totally natural and is not deserving of praise, it will...

  • How Many Yards?
    By Thomas Nikles

    It may be possible to concentrate surface combatant construction at a single shipyard, but it wouldn’t be prudent.

  • Special: The Intruder's Legacy Lives
    By Andrew H. Bahjat

    In between cats and traps for Operation Southern Watch, the commanding officer of Attack Squadron 75 describes the final deployment of the Intruder. For a commu­nity that is winding down, life is anything but quiet.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Do-As-I-Say Core Values?
    By Lieutenant Commander Lori Melling Tanner, U.S. Navy

    Over the last several years I have noticed a divergence between our published core values and our modus operandi in the aviators’ wardrooms. Our mandatory “core values” training stresses honor, courage, and commit­ment...

  • Where's Flight 62100?
    By John Elott, with Captain Almon A. Gray, USNR (Retired)

    In World War II, Pan American’s Flying Clipper Ships—billed as “the latest thing in the everlasting adventure of travel”—were called on to shuttle men and sup­plies between Pearl Harbor and the mainland. One...

  • Professional Notes

    Telemedicine: Applying and Misapplying a Concept

    By Dr. Lee D. Hieb, M.D.

    “You might as well fall flat on your face as to lean too far over backwards.” —James...

  • Book Reviews

    Strategic Information Warfare: A New Face of War

    Roger C. Molander. Andrew S. Riddile, and Peter A. Wilson. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 1996. 105 pp. $15.00 ($13.50).

    Reviewed By Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But…Are We Sending Our Best and Brightest to the Naval Academy?
    By Lieutenant Commander Stephen P. Recca, U.S. Navy
    If media reporting is an accurate compass, the U.S. Naval Academy is caught in the middle of some fairly stormy seas. These same seas have pulled the Navy as a whole into such a maelstrom of controversy that critics claim that the Naval Service...
  • The U.S. Navy: The Next Generation Strike Fighter
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The semifinalists have been chosen for what is expected to be the world’s largest combat aircraft program of the fore­seeable future. Three industrial competitors—Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and McDonnell Douglas in conjunction with...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The 3,870-ton, one-of-a-kind French Navy destroyer Aconit, seen here during a visit to England in June 1996, is to be decommissioned this month as the first major combatant to be retired under the force-level reductions announced last July...

  • Points of Interest: Pentagon to Launch Medicare Subvention Test
    By Tom Philpott

    Elderly beneficiaries of military health care suffered a sting­ing defeat in the final days of the 104th Congress when a key lawmaker backed away from a deal to test Medicare subven­tion. The action so frustrated military health officials...

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

    Selling Stealth at Euronaval

    The recent Bourget Euronaval exhibition included the now-standard quota of reduced-signature warship models, and Vosper-Thornycroft's Sea Wraith deserves special mention. The company...

  • Notebook
  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The U.S. submarine Hake (SS-256), built by Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, was launched on 17 July 1942 and commissioned on 30 October 1942 with Lieutenant Commander J.C. Broach in command.

  • Comment & Discussion

    “Forge the Future”

    (See W.F. Lorenzen and K.A. DiRenzo, pp. 74-76, December 1996 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Colonel Mansel E. Phillips, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired)—The au­thors present the slogan “...

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  • Nobody Asked Me, But…The Naval Academy Isn’t Summer Camp
    By Lieutenant Commander J. Bruce Ricketts, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The U.S. Naval Academy seems to have become a feeding zone for the press, for virtually every incident—minor or major—has made its way to the front page of The Washington Post. Why is this happening? The issues are complex;...


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