Proceedings Magazine - July 1998 Volume 124/7/1,145

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  • The DD-21 as Deus ex Machina
    By T. J. McKearney

    The Navy's plans for its next-generation destroyer, the DD-21, tout the new ship as the "land-attack destroyer," a nickname that bears some consideration given the ship's mission—and its implications. Apparently, a...

  • 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...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Casualty Myth"

    (See R. Peters, p.10, May 1998 Proceedings)

  • War Isn't a Rational Business
    By Colonel T. X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps

    The information revolution notwithstanding, war will continue to be a brutish, chaotic, and emotional battle of wills. Network-centric warfare will not change that.

  • Is American Military Professionalism Declining?
    By Thomas E. Ricks

    Editor's Note: On 23 April 1998, The Wall Street Journal's Pentagon correspondent and the author of Making the Corps (Scribner, 1997), delivered this address to several hundred active duty and retired military professionals at the...

  • Why They Called the Scorpion "Scrapiron"
    By Mark A. Bradley

    Based on newly declassified information and existing evidence, a former CIA intelligence officer theorizes on how we lost the submarine Scorpion and why many of her crew came to call her the USS Scrapiron.

  • Paperless Navy . . . Pshaw!
    By Lieutenant Michael Junge, U.S. Navy

    Ten years ago, Navy visionaries dreamt of ending the burgeoning flood and monetary drain of paper. There were flights of fancy about significant weight reductions, ship speed increases, and budgetary windfalls as we entered an era of electronic...

  • It's Time to Face the Gender Paradox
    By Mackubin Thomas Owens

    Society and the military have different purposes—the former to live, the latter to die, if need be. Nowhere is this paradox illustrated more clearly than in the debate over women in combat.

  • Obligations of the Citizen-Soldier
    By First Lieutenant John P. Brown, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    In the United States, soldiers and citizens are all members of the same society. But the warriors have a special responsibility to it.

  • The Total Force Is the Future
    By Stephen M. Duncan

    "This victory belongs . . . to the regulars, to the reserves, to the National Guard. This victory belongs to the finest fighting force this nation has ever known in its history." President George Bush, Address to the Congress, 6 March...

  • Let the Fleet Design the Carrier
    By Captain Pierre G. Vining, U.S. Navy

    What characteristics should the next aircraft carrier have? Those who will sail the next-generation carrier may answer quite differently than those who are designing it.

  • ANGLICO: Deep Fires or Deep Six?
    By Major Michael Morris, U.S. Marine Corps

    Marine ANGLICO companies fill an important niche in directing fires. We must rethink this decision to disband this potent force, and reshape it for the 21st century.

  • Nobody Asked Me But…A Different Kind of Hollow Force?
    By Lieutenant Frank Watanabe, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Since the beginning of the current defense drawdown, we have heard warnings against the "hollowing" of the military services, a return to the 1970s situation when too few personnel and insufficient operation and maintenance funding left...

  • Because We Can, We Should
    By Ensign Matthew Gilbreath, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

    The U.S. military has served as the big stick in U.S. politics for the last 50 years. Since the end of World War II, it has had few rivals. The Cold War saw two superpowers with opposing ideologies, goals, and...

  • End the Zero-Defects Mentality
    By Ensign Bethany Craft, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

    The U.S. military long has been one of the most respected and trusted institutions in the United States. While the armed forces continue to strive for excellence, constraints of the post-Cold War drawdown have...

  • Do More with Less
    By Ensign Nicholas Pinson, U.S. Navy

    Capstone Essay Contest

    Because of military cutbacks and budgetary streamlining, less money is available to perform military missions. Yet the volatile state of world affairs demands that our armed forces be more vigilant than ever before...

  • Get Psyched!
    By Second Lieutenant Richard M. Rusnok, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps

    Capstone Essay Contest

    The great Chinese military theoretician Sun Tzu included as Ta primary concept in his seminal work, The Art of War, the idea of subduing one's enemy without a fight. "To capture the enemy's...

  • Professional Notes

    Exercising the Operational Art in Steel Knight VII

    By Lieutenant Colonel Drew A. Bennett, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Don't Trade on the Uniform
    By Lieutenant Commander Carl R. Graham, U.S. Navy

    By posing nude in Playboy, Lieutenant Frederica Spilman cheapened the real contributions and sacrifices that she and the rest of us have made to this country. She chose to go from being a pioneer and a potential warrior—breaking...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
    By Lieutenant George S. Capen, U.S. Navy

    If you owed someone a large sum of money and they told you to pay them $4,800 now or $120 per month starting 12 years from now for the rest of their life (anticipated to be about 30 years), what would you do? Conversely, if someone gave you the...

  • Book Reviews

    A Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the United States Marines

    Col. Joseph. H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.). New York: HarperCollins, 1997. 390 pp. App. Ind. Photos. Maps. $35.00 ($31.50). The video is available through the U.S. Naval...

  • The U.S. Navy: The Sinking of a Carrier
    By Norman Polmar

    The CVX has been sunk. She was to have been the U.S. Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier, a major departure from the Nimitz (CVN-68)-class design. As lead ship for a new class, the CVX was to have been funded in fiscal year 2006...

  • Naval Systems: Another Common Combat System
    By Ed Walsh

    The program executive office for theater air defense and surface combatants (PEO TAD/SC) is planning a preliminary design review this month to look at computer hardware used for control of ship self-defense weapons and sensors. This follows a...

  • Points of Interest: Military Retirees Will Test Federal Health Benefits
    By Tom Philpott

    In a bygone era, when active-duty service members outnumbered retirees and there were many more military hospitals, medical readiness goals guaranteed that most beneficiaries living near bases had access to quality health care.


  • World Naval Developments: Thunder Rolls out of India and Pakistan
    By Norman Friedman

    The series of nuclear tests conducted by India in May—followed closely by Pakistan in response—has enormous implications for U.S. military and foreign policy and for the future role of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. government early...

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

    The Paraguayan Navy patrol boat Teniente Robles is seen here at Asuncion in December 1997. She and sister Capitan Ortiz were donated by Taiwan in 1994. The 47-ton, 71-foot, aluminum-hulled craft, completed at Kaohsiung in 1978...

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

    Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) was the first of its kind. Established at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, on 1 April 1971, the Sea Dragons institutionalized airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) as a role of U.S. Navy helicopters. HM-12...


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