Proceedings Magazine - November 1997 Volume 123/11/1,137

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  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Look Who's Talking Two-Way

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

    The first of seven Arleigh Burke Flight II-class guided-missile destroyers, the Mahan (DDG-72), conducted builder's trials on 24 July 1997. The Block II ships externally differ little from their 21 Block I sisters, the...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Death Angels of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-235 (VMFA-235) were activated at Marine Corps Air Station EI Centro, California, on 1 January 1943 as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron (VMSB)-235, equipped with SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bombers. Known...

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  • May There Be No More U.S. War Crimes
    By Hays Parks

    In 1976 the Marine Corps Gazette published a two-part article by this author entitled "Crimes in Hostilities." It analyzed acts committed by U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel in Vietnam that could have been characterized as war...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Fix SWOS for Good!"

    (See S. F. Davis, p. 53, October 1997 Proceedings)

  • Obey the Iron Law
    By Terry Pierce

    Amphibious operational effectiveness is related directly to the degree to which one commander has authority over all parts of the naval expeditionary force-the "Iron Law" of unity of command-and that one commander should be Navy.

  • Technology Alone Cannot Win
    By Captain Harold R. Van Opdorp Jr., U.S. Marine Corps

    Dominant battlespace awareness technology will enhance our command-and-control capability, but counting on it to remove all complexities of warfare is a dangerous idea.

  • It Takes More than Technology
    By Dallas E. Shaw

    Can technology make a typical grunt squad capable of carrying out deep reconnaissance missions 150 miles behind enemy lines? Can it substitute for the rigorous training and intense indoctrination required of a Recon Marine?

  • Santa Wears Dress Blues
    By Major General Thomas Wilkerson and Captain Jeff Jurgensen, USMC

    This holiday story begins almost 50 years ago in the tough neighborhoods of Los Angeles, where disadvantaged children looked to Christmas with little hope. Feeling forgotten, many of these children no longer waited for Santa Claus on Christmas...

  • Maneuvering the LCAC into the 21st Century
    By Lieutenant Colonel Mel R. Jones, U.S. Army (Retired)

    After more than a decade forging an extraordinary transformation in amphibious operations, the air-cushion landing craft (LCAC) remains a pivotal element in U.S. Navy/Marine Corps plans. LCAC operations and exercises in the Atlantic, Gulf of...

  • Myths of Maneuver
    By Robert A. Fry

    The triumph of maneuver is, it seems, complete. Not only do the military academies of the West echo to the vocabulary of maneuver, but the doctrine also has achieved its apotheosis in the flawless victory of the Gulf War. The visionaries of the...

  • ". . . P'lice up a little brass"
    By Commander George Cornelius, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Hal Spencer qualified as an expert rifleman with his Springfield '03 at Quantico, but he carried a French machine gun at Belleau Wood.

  • Anytime, Anywhere: A Navy for the 21st Century
    By Admiral Jay Johnson, USN

    As it looks to the 21st century, the Navy is redefining sea power: to shape the strategic environment, fight through any opposition, and project and sustain enough power ashore—carrier air, gunfire, missiles, and Marines...

  • The Boomer Reborn
    By Jim Courter

    Converting the four retiring ballistic missile submarines-here, the Georgia (SSBN-729)-to carry conventional missiles and special operations forces would turn these Cold War warriors into versatile platforms for littoral warfare.

  • Naval Fire Support: Ring of Fire
    By Lieutenant Commander Ross Mitchell, U.S. Navy

    It's the first day of hostilities and the land attack has just started. A 180-missile strike, integrated with Navy and Air Force tactical air, is under way. U.S. special operations forces are in position to call in targets of opportunity...

  • Must We Repeat History?
    By William R. Hawkins

    "I spoke recklessly and said . . . that when we lost the next war, and an American boy, lying in the mud with an enemy bayonet through his belly and an enemy foot on his dying throat, spat out his last curse, I wanted the name...

  • Leave Our Flight Jackets Alone!
    By Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator First Class Marc J. Frattasio, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Yet another Navy tradition is under attack and I have not heard so much as an official whisper in its defense. A recent naval directive prohibits wearing more than two embroidered patches on flight jackets: one measly organizational patch and a U...

  • The Surface Navy Must Protect Its Young
    By Lieutenant Commander Gary Stussie, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Many years ago, one of my contemporaries countered a burst of my surface warfare professional bravado by saying "the surface navy eats its young." He went on to describe the surface navy as a professional and personal environment that...

  • Where's the [email protected]*&#ə¡ Promotion List?
    By Lieutenant Commander Paul R. B. Kennedy, U.S. Navy

    Is it my imagination or has the promotion board process entered the realm of the ridiculous? The professionals who must select individuals from a field of incredible talent do a superb job. The problem appears to occur once the selection process...

  • Don't Forget the Sea Dragons
    By Frank Colucci

    The U.S. Navy's MH-53E minesweeping helicopters offer capabilities unmatched by current and projected fleet aircraft-but if the service does not modernize them, it may find itself ill-prepared to meet a persistent and potentially crippling...

  • Haze Gray and . . . Sunk?
    By Lieutenant Commander Stephen Surko, U.S. Navy and Douglas Fraedrich

    Haze gray and under way evokes the high-tempo, far-flung operations of U.S. Navy ships. The color of our ships virtually unchanged since World War II-is essentially a countermeasure and should be threat driven. For many years, however, this has...

  • Achilles' Heel? The Wave Piercer Hull Form
    By Kenneth S. Brower

    Scott Truver's "Tomorrow's Fleet," (see September 1997 Proceedings. pages 90-96) discusses Navy plans to design advanced surface combatants for the 21st century-plans that hardly are revolutionary.

  • "What the Marine Corps Really Needs..."
    By William L. Stearman

    Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, who commanded the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, is convinced that the Navy's much-touted, slow-moving, and costly enhanced range guided munitions (ERGM) five-inch gun program will not provide...

  • LCUs: The Forgotten Landing Craft
    By Commander J. L. Warren, U.S. Navy

    The Landing Craft, Utility-the Navy's largest boat for ship-to-shore movement-can carry 160 tons of cargo through 12-foot seas and deliver it to shore. Its combat radius is 1,000 nautical miles and is capable of independent operations of up...

  • 'Gators on the Other Side of the Pond
    By Lieutenant Commander Steve Mitchell, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy does not have a corner on the Western amphibious warfare market. The British and Dutch contingent across the Atlantic may be small, but it is professional, totally self-sustainable on deployment, and just as deadly as ours.

  • Mine Warfare Moves Forward . . . From the Sea
    By Captain Buzz Broughton, U.S. Navy

    Late August 1997 found the George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Battle Group and the Guam (LPH-9) Amphibious Ready Group completing their graduation exercise, JTFEX 97-3, before being certified for deployment. As has happened regularly for the past...

  • Book Reviews

    Making the Corps

    Thomas E. Ricks, New York: Scribner's, 1997, 324 pp. Ind. Photos. $24.00 ($21.60).

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel F. G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

  • Arsenal Ship Survives . . . for Now
    By Norman Polmar

    The joint House-Senate conference for fiscal year 1998 defense appropriations recently funded $35 million for continuing work on an arsenal ship demonstrator. The Clinton administration had asked for almost $103 million. The two-thirds reduction...

  • Naval Systems: Marines Engage Cooperatively
    By Ed Walsh

    In a pair of successful proof-of-concept demonstrations, the Marine Corps integrated a Marine air-ground task force's primary air surveillance radar with the Navy's cooperative engagement capability (CEC) system to cue ships at sea.

  • 'Our People Are Not Bad Off'
    By Tom Philpott

    Twenty years ago, Congress and the White House adopted a makeshift philosophy on military pay that one proponent described at the time as "vote with your feet." The theory was that as long as enough people entered and stayed in service...


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