Proceedings Magazine - February 1998 Volume 124/2/1,140

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  • U.S. Naval Institute 1873-1998: The Sea Service Forum

    To help celebrate 125 years as the sea services "premier forum for thoughtful dialogue,” the Naval Institute asked some of its members and readers to answer the question: What does the Naval Institute mean to you as a person and/or...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "False Assumptions, Wistful Dreams"

    (See N. T. Honaker, pp. 70-73, January 1998 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Commander Chris Ratliff, U.S. Navy—Mr. Honaker's piece may be well intentioned, but it is ill informed and...

  • Where Have All The O-3s Gone?
    By Lieutenant Llewellyn D. Lewis, U.S. Navy

    It takes many years to create a senior lieutenant commander or commander as it does to field a new weapon system. How can the Navy stop their exodus?

  • Innovation for the Interwar Years
    By Captain James Carman, U.S. Navy; Colonel Mitchell Triplett, U.S. Marine Corps; Commander James Nault, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant Commander Russell Bartlett, U.S. Navy; and Lieutenant David Adams, U.S. Navy

    "The unresting progress of mankind causes the continual change in weapons; and with that must come the continual change in the manner of fighting."1

  • Often the Only Option
    By The Honorable John Douglass

    The unique integrated attributes of naval forces can provide the foundation for new security strategies. Their mobility and flexibility make them well suited to support overseas presence and power projection in a world without the old Cold...

  • Leave a Legacy
    By Senior Chief Firecontrol Technician John Snell, U.S. Navy

    Winner Enlisted Essay Contest

    Despite the changing values of our society, young Sailors today still join the Navy to serve, and to find the adventure, education, stability, and discipline that may be missing from their lives. It is...

  • There's Value in Diversity
    By Senior Chief Yeoman Mike Tainter, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    First Honorable Mention Enlisted Essay Contest

    Diversity is a strength in the military, but the Navy's approach is divisive, emphasizing our differences instead of similarities. By shifting the focus of diversity training, we can...

  • 'White Jacket' Revisited
    By Chief Signalman Scott Baxter, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Second Honorable Mention Enlisted Essay Contest

    In spite of technological advances, some aspects of our Sailor's lives have changed little since the age of sail. We should learn from Herman Melville, and celebrate our positive...

  • Honor Is a Seamless Garment
    By Captain Robert J. Phillips, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy

    The old notion that personal behavior and values are irrelevant unless they have a direct impact on professional performance cannot coexist with a serious embrace of core values.

  • When Lethal Force Won't Do
    By Colonel Dennis B. Herbert, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Military forces are finding themselves in a wide range of situations short of armed combat for which their weapons may be inappropriate. There must be options between verbal warnings and deadly force.

    It foretold the future. One...

  • MOUT: The Show Stopper
    By Robert E. Podlesny

    Military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) challenge the tenets of Joint Vision 2010. If missions in places such as Mogadishu and Sarajevo become the norm, we must ask if MOUT has made Joint Vision 2010 moot.

  • Two Admirals for an Ensign
    By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Because the Navy Department failed to ease a glut of post-Civil War officers and new officer candidates in the 1880s, Congress took the issue for action. A decade passed before the Navy could repair the career ladder.

  • Can We Protect Our Coasts?
    By Commander Timothy R. Dring, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Coastal warfare and harbor defense in U.S. Navy practice have come a long way, evolving from an organization of units tasked with protecting U.S. ports, harbors, and coastlines. Now we have a composite Navy and Coast Guard maritime defense...

  • Reserve Yard-Sale!
    By Captain William K. Fogerty, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), and Professor Timothy Somes

    "Full-time support personnel account for 20% of the reserve force, but more than 60% of the personnel budget."1 The Naval Reserve must shed its outdated infrastructure and become more efficient.

  • Reengineering the Reserve
    By Commander Michael Ribble, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The Naval Reserve endures cyclical tinkering, yet the core organization remains substantially unaltered. Although this evolutionary process has served adequately during the last two decades, a new environment demands major reengineering. A...

  • Professional Notes

    Break Down the Barriers

    By Commander Frank Sturm, U.S. Coast Guard

    The pilot brought her HH-60 Jayhawk into a hover over the disabled fishing vessel as the 110-foot cutter stood by. About an hour earlier, the patrol boat's...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Is Anyone Listening?
    By Commander John R. Hatten, U.S. Navy and Lieutenant Commander Ronald Horton, U.S. Navy

    We have entered a critical phase for officer retention, especially in naval aviation. Our junior officers and post-department head lieutenant commanders are leaving the Navy at an alarming rate. Many of our post command officers—the future...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Save the Silver Dolphins!
    By Michael R. Rankin

    The U.S. Navy must end the practice of awarding the enlisted submarine qualification insignia—the silver dolphins—to non-enlisted personnel: specifically, Naval Academy and NROTC midshipmen.

  • Leadership Forum: We Seek Homeostasis
    By Master Sergeant Ronny R. Rohrer, U.S. Marine Corps

    Of all the things I have learned from my Marine Corps experience, perhaps the most important is that sometimes—both in the chaotic environment of combat and in peacetime—the little things are lost. Though seemingly insignificant by...

  • Book Reviews

    The Navy Times Book of Submarines

    Brayton Harris, edited by Walter J. Boyne. New York: Berkley Books, 1997. 380 pp. Bib. Ind. Notes. Photos. Drawings. $31.95 ($28.75).

    Reviewed by Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • The Soviet Navy: How Many Submarines?
    By Norman Polmar

    For the 46 years of the Cold War, the most feared Soviet naval weapon was the submarine. Initially, it was looked at as a threat to Western use of the Atlantic shipping lanes to reinforce and support Western Europe in the event of an assault....

  • Oceans: Welcome to the "International Year of the Ocean"
    By Don Walsh

    In case you haven't heard, 1998 is "The International Year of the Ocean" (YOTO). It was created in 1994 by a resolution of the U.N. General Assembly. It urged member states to develop national programs that will come under the...

  • Points of Interest: Courts Can't Enforce Recruiters' Health-Care Promises
    By Tom Philpott

    "That noble institution, the U.S. government, is shirking its responsibility through legal technicalities . . . and dishonoring its veterans," said lawyer Michael Kator. "I wouldn't be particularly proud if I were on the other...

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

    Carrier Forces Remain Free to Act

    The recent stand-off between the United States and Iraq illuminated an enduring truth: Sea power means not having to ask permission.

    As has happened innumerable times since World War II, the...

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

    In December of last year, the keel was laid for the first of two 375-ton, 198.8-foot Bahamas-class patrol craft for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at Halter Marine Group, Escatawpa, Mississippi. Under a $26 million contract signed in March 1997...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The ammunition ship Pyro (AE-1), named for the Greek word meaning fire, was the first U.S. vessel to bear that name. Built at the Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington, the Pyro was launched on 16 December 1919 and commissioned on...


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