Proceedings Magazine - August 1997 Volume 123/8/1,134

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The Marine Corps went through dramatic doctrinal changes prior to the outbreak of World War II. These changes were the product of two decades of evolution-not revolution. The Marine Corps was...



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  • Business As Usual?
    By Captain Eric E. Buer, USMC

    The Marine Corps went through dramatic doctrinal changes prior to the outbreak of World War II. These changes were the product of two decades of evolution-not revolution. The Marine Corps was adapting to an emerging threat with emerging...

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  • "The Captain's Down!"
    By David Taylor

    The commanding officer sets the tone for the way a ship's crew responds to emergencies, relates to shipmates, and conducts itself ashore and afloat.

    Commander Andrew B. Tamayo, U.S. Navy, who commanded the USS Fife (DD-991), was a...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Much Ado About Nothing"

    (See P. Ryan, pp. 66-68, June 1997 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Commander Erick W. and Mrs. Megan B. Gerdes, U.S. Naval Reserve-Captain Ryan's statistics belie his conclusions. By his own...

  • Reading More than the Message Traffic
    By James T. Stewart

    If the written word is the backbone of our communication and learning, why is there such a disdain for reading books?

  • Relighting the Surface Fire
    By Major James W. Hammond III, U.S. Marine Corps

    Operations in the littorals will require fire support. This five-inch 54-caliber MK45 gun on the USS Benfold (DDG-65), is ready to deliver. But how much naval surface fire support do we need? And how much can we provide? To employ our...

  • We Gotta Have a War-Fightin' Revival
    By Commander Terry Pierce, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. military is in a pitched battle for its soul. Does the future belong to machines or people? General Krulak and Admiral Boorda started a process of critical thinking, innovation, and long-term vision for the Navy and Marine Corps, but...

  • Strategic Attack Is No Myth
    By Gene Myers

    The massed bomber formations of World War II are history; strategic attack today is measured by massed effects, and just about any Air Force (or in some cases, Navy, Marine Corps, or Army) system-such as this B-2--can accomplish it.

  • Boatswain's Mates Never Cry
    By Dennis L. Noble

    Since 1878, a group of people have left the shelter of land and rammed small boats into the angry sea with a single purpose: to save others from drowning. These rescuers have known full well they could die in the attempt.

  • A Tangled Webb
    By Colonel Paul E. Roush, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    When James Webb wrote "Women Can't Fight" for Washingtonian magazine in 1979, he initiated an assault that continues to the present day. The assault primarily is on women, but it extends much further. It is an assault on...

  • The Officer in Charge of Risk
    By Captain Vince Thomas

    Earlier this year, Captain Vince Thomas conducted this interview for Proceedings with Vice Admiral William Hancock, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics, who assumed his duties last September, just after submitting his third Navy...

  • Foundering on Rocks, Shoals & Mines
    By Dr. Scott C. Truver and Commander Richard Nagle, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Seeing the need for mine countermeasure capabilities in very shallow waters, the Navy has established a test detachment these EOD Marine Mammal System handlers work with Mk 7 dolphins for a nighttime exercise-to develop tactics, identify...

  • Marine Mammals Are a Force Multiplier
    By Commander Daniel M. Renwick, U.S. Navy, Rob Simmons, Dr. Scott C. Truver

    In its diverse kit-bag of resources, the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) force maintains a small but vital element that provides unique capabilities to support mine countermeasures and other important post-Cold War operations. The...

  • To Build a Better Sub
    By I. D. Spassky and V. P. Semyonov

    Modern submarine development in Russia originated on 22 December 1900 (4 January 1901 in the new style) with the appointment of a commission on submarine construction to design, manage, and test submarines. The combat submarine Delfin...

  • When the Alarm Can't Sound
    By Captain Arthur Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    In casualty response-here, during Desert Storm-knowing how many are coming, when, and to where can be life or death information.

  • Let the Deltas Soar
    By Captain Casey C. Travers, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marine Corps preaches that we train as we fight, but the F/A-18D community is not afforded that opportunity. It is too busy practicing missions that it is unlikely to execute in combat. In its six years of existence, the F/A-18D (Delta)...

  • Paperwork is Choking the Reserves
    By Chief Signalman Timothy S. Baxter, U.S. Naval Reserve

    I am continuously amazed at the endless paper shuffle in the Naval Reserve. Most reservists have only 16 hours per month for their training. We spend too much of this time with paper drills, not training. We need to streamline some practices to...

  • What Kind of Marine Corps Is This?
    By Charles J. Dunlap Jr.

    The sweating Air Force major was clearly frustrated and disgusted. But it wasn't the heat and humidity of Mombasa, Kenya, that was the source of his irritation, nor was it the fact that he was spending Christmas Day 1992 far from friends and...

  • Survivability: What's in a Name?
    By Major Dan Fisher, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    There has been considerable debate in recent years on the issue of the survivability of aircraft in combat. Issues addressed include:

  • Tractor Tugs Are the Answer
    By Commander John Baucom, U.S. Naval Reserve

    While on annual training with the Harbor Operations Department of the Mayport Naval Station near Jacksonville, Florida, I observed new, contractor-owned tractor tugs-whose propellers are forward of midships-assisting with maneuvering in the...

  • Reorganizing for Littoral Warfare
    By Captain David T. Hart Jr. and Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy

    The Sea Combat Commander Concept, one of the most far-reaching initiatives under the U.S. Navy's Integrated Battle Organization, is revolutionizing the way we conduct maritime warfare. Dubbed "AZ" in the new, streamlined battle...

  • Urban Naval Engagement
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    With the end of the Cold War and the onset of a new world order, the United States is faced with many challenges. Exceeded in importance only by the quest for the nation's economic health is the deplorable state of American education. We need...

  • Put a Coast Guard Stripe on the FFG-7s
    By Vincent P. Grimes

    The Coast Guard is launching a program to replace its Hamilton (WHEC-715) and Bear (WMEC-901) class high- and medium-endurance cutters just as the Navy is getting rid of its Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)-class guided-missile frigates. There are...

  • Book Reviews

    All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way

    By Gregory Douquet

    Charles C. Moskos and John Sibley Butler. New York: A Twentieth Century Fund Book, HarperCollins, 1996, 198 pp. $24.00 ($21.60).


  • A Different Angle of Attack
    By Norman Polmar

    The accelerating debate over the potential place of nonnuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy recently was joined by a pair of unlikely participants: respected British journalist Patrick Robinson and Royal Navy Admiral Sandy Woodward.

  • Jacques Yves Cousteau: A Sailor Remembered
    By Don Walsh

    The new "Oceans" column will appear bimonthly in Proceedings. It is written bv Dr. Don Walsh, who has been involved with all aspects of national and international uses of the sea for the past 40 years. "Oceans" is intended to...

  • Older Retirees Win a Round
    By Tom Philpott

    "It's a staggering victory," said retired Air Force Colonel George "Bud" Day.

    The Fort Walton Beach, Florida, lawyer and Medal of Honor recipient made the remark after round one of an unprecedented court challenge...

  • World Naval Developments: They Built It - and People Came
    By Norman Friedman

    At the Paris Air Show in June, Bell and Boeing announced a civilian version of their tilt-rotor V-22, Model 609. They already have 36 orders. A contentious program, V-22 was supported by Congress partly in the expectation that it would have an...

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

    The centerpiece of a small fleet donated to Kazakhstan by the United States is this 42-foot, aluminum-hulled Dauntless-class patrol boat completed by SeaArk Marine, Monticello, Arkansas, in November 1995 and shipped to the Kazakhstan Navy's...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation of Quincy, Massachusetts, the USS Detroit (CL-8) was the fifth of ten Omaha-class cruisers. Launched on 29 June 1922, she was commissioned on 31 July 1923.

    The Detroit...


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