Proceedings Magazine - May 1998 Volume 124/5/1,143

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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 to...

  • The Casualty Myth
    By Ralph Peters

    There are three great myths in contemporary America: Elvis is alive; the average citizen is worse off than in some lost golden age; and the American people will not tolerate casualties in military operations. Of these three, the myth of the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Could Forgotten A-12 Lessons Haunt the Super Hornet?"

    (See J. P. Stevenson, p. 24, April 1998 Proceedings)

  • Teaching Elephants to Swim
    By Commander Terry C. Pierce, U.S. Navy

    Winner, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    In Desert Storm, the Navy was not joint enough, and this shortcoming limited its contributions. The challenge now is not to give over completely to the methodical warfare of the elephants, but to...

  • The Sailor & the State
    By Captain John L. Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    There is a growing gulf between the sailor and the nation and people he serves. This gap must be bridged soon, and the way to start is by monetizing benefits and reintegrating...

  • Building Surface Warriors
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Michele Poole, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    With more hands-on training and a stronger emphasis on developing leadership and professional knowledge, Surface Warfare Officers School would graduate officers better prepared to...

  • Starting Cold War II?
    By Susan Eisenhower

    Debate over expanding NATO to include Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republichere, foreign ministers sit with the North Atlantic Council on 16 December 1997has...

  • Landmines, Lies, and Other Phenomena
    By Major General Jarvis D. Lynch, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

    Landmines have become an emotional issue. But in trying to save innocent victims around the world, activists have forgotten the American infantryman.

    Even today, a snow-covered field...

  • Mines Remain the Weapons that Wait
    By Lee M. Hunt

    Sure, enemy sea mines can be a problem—but we have forgotten how effective our own offensive sea mines can be. Unless we understand this, we may sign away the rights to one of the most cost-effective weapons in our arsenal.

  • The (R)evolution of Mine Countermeasures
    By Captain Buzz Broughton, U.S. Navy and Commander Jay Burdon, U.S. Navy

    "Damn, those look just like mines," thought the commanding officer of the Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58), steaming in the Persian Gulf in 1988. Following standard procedures, he immediately ordered "All stop," and sounded...

  • Lurking in the Deep-Sea Terrain
    By Robert D. Ballard

    Does undersea terrain warfare have a future? Or is it pure fantasy? One of the world's foremost ocean explorers thinks that the U.S. Navy should take a more serious look at the ocean floor as a potential next battlefield, where terrain-...

  • Navy after Next: Past Is Prologue
    By Captain Peter Swartz, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When Rear Admiral John Chase developed his list of nine Navy functions nearly 30 years ago, he helped set the stage for the Navy of today. A fresh look at—and debate on—these functions can help us again to prepare the Navy to meet...

  • History of Arms Is the Difference
    By Michael Evans

    Military service is not a petri dish for social experimentation. It is an honorable profession with unique institutional values. If military leaders fail to understand and appreciate the history of arms, it will abdicate its historic mission...

  • A New Kind of Officer
    By Al Christman

    Deak Parsons fought his primary battles in the laboratory and then went into combat with the weapons he helped to create.

  • Super Hornet: The Sailor's Aircraft Is on Track
    By Patrick Finneran and Chuck Allen

    The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet isn't just for naval aviators. It's for the Navy.

    If you're not already there, put yourself in the position of a sailor anywhere in a carrier battle group that is facing hostile action....

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

    "Let me tell you where your Navy is today,"  the standard Navy briefing invariably begins, "and what America's Sailors are doing throughout the world." On any given day last year, the service's leaders could point...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR

    One of the world's experts in business strategy breaks down every industry into three groups:

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

    "All I remember is just going underneath the barge and I couldn't come up for air. I was really scared."

  • World Naval Developments in Review
    By Norman Friedman

    In March, it was reported that the British plan to build two carriers, with a third to follow later. They are to supplement, and eventually to replace, the three Invincible-class light short take off/vertical landing (STOVL) carriers....

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

    The U.S. maritime industry experienced a number of important and positive business developments in 1997. International maritime trade was responsible for generating one-third of our nation's growth in the past year. Twelve million U.S. jobs...

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

    Naval Innovation

    This annual feature normally focuses on the evolution of technology into weapon systems. Yet technology is only part of the process of improving Naval Service capabilities. Organization and doctrine are equally important...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Bradley Peniston

    Midway through the Navy's fiscal 1999 budget hearings, a frustrated Senator John Warner (R-VA) had grilled enough admirals and top civilians to fill a frigate's wardroom. But no one, in his opinion, could answer his essential question:...

  • Notable Naval Books of 1997
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    After the American Revolution and the Civil War; after World War I and World War II; after the Korean "Police Action"; after Vietnam and after the Cold War; after every major war, however great our victories or embarrassing our defeats...

  • Naval Systems: Commercial Technology: The Legend Continues
    By Ed Walsh

    Everyone wants COTS, but no one knows what it costs.

    The debate over approaches to introducing commercially developed systems and components for Navy shipboard use, which seemed to be settled a few years ago, may flare up again...

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

    Commissioned on 31 January, the Royal Australian Navy's 3,353-ton-submergeddisplacement submarine Farncomb is the second unit of what is now the world's second largest diesel-electric combat submarine design, behind Japan's...

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

    Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 133 (VAQ-133) was established at NAS Alameda, California, on 4 March 1969. Equipped with Douglas EKA-3B and KA-3B Skywarriors, the VAQ-133 Wizards performed electronic countermeasures and aerial refueling...


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