Proceedings Magazine - May 1997 Volume 123/5/1,131

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It has been ten years since the Defense Department Reorganization Act (Goldwater-Nichols) became the law of the land. From what I understand, many...



  • Freedom Isn't Free
    By Lieutenant Commander Dan Shanower, USN

    The military loses scores of personnel every year in training or operational accidents. Each one risked and lost his or her life for something they believed in, leaving behind friends, family, and shipmates to bear the burden and celebrate their...

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  • Goldwater-Nichols: Where Have Ten Years Taken Us?
    By Robert Previdi

    It has been ten years since the Defense Department Reorganization Act (Goldwater-Nichols) became the law of the land. From what I understand, many of the people who were responsible for getting...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "We Don't Need Armed Forces Service Medals"

    (See J.T. Rees, p. 116, March 1997 Proceedings)

    Captain Richard S. Zeisel, U.S. Navy (Retired)-There are many issues that I'd like to address-from mission...

  • The Use of Force and Getting It Right: Interview with Dr. William J. Perry
    By Fred Schultz and Michael Collins

    The Clinton administration's second Secretary of Defense spoke recently with editors Fred Schultz and Michael Collins about his service as Secretary and the importance of the Sea Services.

    Proceedings: What was the...

  • We Are Not Invincible
    By Lieutenant David Adams, U.S. Navy

    The littoral is potentially the bloodiest arena in which a modern navy has ever dared to fight, yet we continue to encourage the public expectation of quick victory with few—if any—casualties. Our preoccupation with utopian technical...

  • SSNs: Supporting the Battle Group?
    By Commander Kevin Peppe, USN

    It's a dirty little secret, one of those things most in the business know but are too polite or perhaps too politic to say: U.S. nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs) no more support the carrier battle group commander than wet roads...

  • The Battle of the Lasting Impression
    By Stan Zimmerman

    With their growing power to sway public opinion, the media have become part of the military strategists' decision cycle. To use this relationship wisely - this news team is reporting from the U.S. embassy complex during evacuation operations...

  • Who Does Ground War?
    By Thomas J. Hirschfeld

    As defense resources dwindle, the overlap in Army and Marine Corps expeditionary roles - these Marine Corps air-cushion landing craft conduct an amphibious assault during RIMPAC '96 - will be difficult to sustain. Planning should begin now to...

  • IT21—Moving to the 3rd Stage
    By Admiral Archie Clemins, U.S. Navy

    When these prophetic words were written a decade and a half ago, few people could fathom the impact that information technology eventually would have on everything we do. At that time in the Navy, we viewed ourselves as ahead of the pack in the...

  • Exporting Coast Guard Expertise
    By Vice Admiral James Loy and Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S Coast Guard

    Long involved in international programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Coast Guard now is supporting U.S. peacetime engagement efforts in the European theater-here, the Gallatin (WHEC-721) steams with foreign-flagged ships during BaltOps...

  • Air Operations over Bosnia
    By Dr. Dean Simmons; Dr. Phillip Gould; Dr. Verena Vomastic; Colonel Philip Walsh

    As one of the largest-scale U.S. military operations other than war and the first significant military operation ever undertaken by NATO, the struggle to restore peace to the former Yugoslavia offers a number of lessons learned for naval air...

  • "Gas Attack, This Is No Drill!"
    By Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For weeks, the force had been steaming back and forth within the restricted waters of the littoral operating area. Operating so close to land was risky, and the carrier skipper would have been much more comfortable in the open ocean where...

  • U.S. Naval Academy: Stewardship and Direction
    By John Allen Williams

    "The traditional ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty to country will continue to be a wellspring of inspiration for nearly all members of the academy community, even on occasions when the ideals have not been fulfilled."...

  • Framing the Defense Debates
    By James L. George

    The numbers frame the story-there simply are not enough forces to handle two major regional conflicts. The upcoming debates will further shape the nation's armed forces.

  • When Russia Invaded Disneyland
    By David F. Winkler

    In Moscow this year, two groups of naval officers will raise their glasses and toast the 25th anniversary of an agreement that has significantly fostered a better understanding between the two nations' navies.

  • The U.S. Navy In Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    Tragedy and triumph . . . two words that sum up 1996 for the U.S. Navy-a year in which the Navy lost two Chiefs of Naval Operations and struggled to maintain readiness and meet increasing commitments worldwide in the face of decreasing resources...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel F. G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    The performance of IBM, General Motors, and Ford over the last few decades proves that organizational success is forged in a crucible of intense market competition. Long-term success requires a company to transform itself continually, in response...

  • Calling Down the Sea Dragon Thunder
    By Captain Scott Ukeiley, U.S. Marine Corps

    "Creativity and innovation are absolutely essential if we are to anticipate events and win across the spectrum of conflict. We must be ruthless in stamping out those things that restrict creative thinking or limit the development of new...

  • The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Gaurd (Retired)

    "Good morning, Mr. Chairman. It is a pleasure to appear before this distinguished subcommittee to discuss our fiscal year 1998 budget request and its impact on the current and future state of the Coast Guard.

  • World Naval Developments in Review
    By Norman Friedman

    Strategic and Tactical Ballistic Missiles: How Large a Threat?

    In February, a Navy SM-2 Block IVA anti-theater ballistic missile was tested successfully at White Sands, New Mexico. Within a few years, similar missiles are scheduled to be...

  • Sweden Lays Keel for YS 2000
    By Antony Preston

    The keel laying of the new corvette Visby at Karlskrona last 17 December marked a major milestone in the Royal Swedish Navy's YS 2000 program. More than ten years ago, the Defense Material Command (FMV) initiated a series of design...

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch

    Imagine yourself as an American mariner during 1996. You are employed on board a modern, 60,000-ton container vessel trading on a transpacific route. Most evenings after dinner, you take a walk around the weather deck for some exercise. You reach...

  • U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Developments
    By Dr. Floyd D. Kennedy Jr.

    Littoral warfare is warfare at the sea-air-land interface, exploiting all three media in the most efficient way possible to achieve combat objectives. Such a form of war requires the integrated employment of combined arms, not merely coordination...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Tom Philpott

    In the fall of 1996 while preparing the budget for fiscal year 1998, then Defense Secretary William Perry signaled that his final numbers would reflect a necessary shift in defense priorities for the Clinton administration. Dr. Perry said more...

  • We Can't Afford Perfection
    By Lieutenant Commander Patrick J. Vincent, U.S. Navy

    One year ago, the shocking suicide of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda - purportedly over a questionable naval decoration - seemed to highlight the military's philosophy of zero tolerance for perceived moral...

  • Notable Naval Books of 1996
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)

    This year's notable naval books remind us of the reality of war in its various forms. Collectively, they provide a rough chronology of our nation's history and the role that conflict has played—in both our survival and our...

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

    The 12,750-ton full load displacement Royal Netherlands Navy “amphibious transport ship” Rotterdam, photographed shortly after her launching on 22 February (only a day under a year since her keel was laid), is scheduled to be...

  • References
  • Lest We Forget: USS Welles (DD-628)
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Welles (DD-628) was launched 7 September 1942 and commissioned 16 August 1943. The Welles, a Livermore (DD-429)-class destroyer built by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, was placed under the command of...

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  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
    By Samuel Loring Morison
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