May There Be No More U.S. War Crimes

By Hays Parks
November 1997
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

November 1997
"Fix SWOS for Good!"(See S. F. Davis, p. 53, October 1997 Proceedings)Lieutenant Michael W. Little, U.S. Navy—Asan instructor at Surface WarfareSchool-Division Officer Course (SWOS-DOC) for the past 17 ...

Obey the Iron Law

By Terry Pierce
November 1997
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 ...

Technology Alone Cannot Win

By Captain Harold R. Van Opdorp Jr., U.S. Marine Corps
November 1997
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.As the U.S. military prepares to enter the ...

It Takes More than Technology

By Dallas E. Shaw
November 1997
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 ...

Santa Wears Dress Blues

By Major General Thomas Wilkerson and Captain Jeff Jurgensen, USMC
November 1997
For millions of deprived children, Christmas has a Hollywood ending.

Maneuvering the LCAC into the 21st Century

By Lieutenant Colonel Mel R. Jones, U.S. Army (Retired)
November 1997
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 ...

Myths of Maneuver

By Robert A. Fry
November 1997
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 ...

". . . P'lice up a little brass"

By Commander George Cornelius, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 1997
Hal Spencer qualified as an expert rifleman with his Springfield '03 at Quantico, but he carried a French machine gun at Belleau Wood.

The Boomer Reborn

By Jim Courter
November 1997
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.Few military ...

Naval Fire Support: Ring of Fire

By Lieutenant Commander Ross Mitchell, U.S. Navy
November 1997
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 ...

Must We Repeat History?

By William R. Hawkins
November 1997
"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 ...

Leave Our Flight Jackets Alone!

By Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator First Class Marc J. Frattasio, U.S. Naval Reserve
November 1997
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 ...

The Surface Navy Must Protect Its Young

By Lieutenant Commander Gary Stussie, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 1997
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 ...

Where's the !@*&#ə¡ Promotion List?

By Lieutenant Commander Paul R. B. Kennedy, U.S. Navy
November 1997
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 ...

Don't Forget the Sea Dragons

By Frank Colucci
November 1997
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 ...

Haze Gray and . . . Sunk?

By Lieutenant Commander Stephen Surko, U.S. Navy and Douglas Fraedrich
November 1997
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 ...

Achilles' Heel? The Wave Piercer Hull Form

By Kenneth S. Brower
November 1997
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.At the turn of the ...

"What the Marine Corps Really Needs..."

By William L. Stearman
November 1997
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 ...

LCUs: The Forgotten Landing Craft

By Commander J. L. Warren, U.S. Navy
November 1997
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 ...

'Gators on the Other Side of the Pond

By Lieutenant Commander Steve Mitchell, U.S. Navy
November 1997
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 ...

Mine Warfare Moves Forward . . . From the Sea

By Captain Buzz Broughton, U.S. Navy
November 1997
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 ...

Book Reviews

November 1997
Making the CorpsThomas 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 ReserveThis is a critically ...

Arsenal Ship Survives . . . for Now

By Norman Polmar
November 1997
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 ...

Naval Systems: Marines Engage Cooperatively

By Ed Walsh
November 1997
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 ...

'Our People Are Not Bad Off'

By Tom Philpott
November 1997
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 ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
November 1997
Look Who's Talking Two-Way The Royal Navy has tested successfully a towed antenna to provide two-way Link 11 service to a Trafalgar-class nuclear powered attack submarine (SSN). Many NATO submarines ...

Combat Fleets

By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
November 1997
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 ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 1997
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 ...

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