Proceedings Magazine - August 1998 Volume 124/8/1,146

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  • Answers Are on the Waterfront
    By Henry C. Giffin, III

    The Type Commanders—because they build the foundation of shipboard combat readiness—represent our ships' interests against competing demands on their time and are in the best positions to discover the commonsense solutions to the...

  • Headline Blues: Ethical Crisis at CNN
    By Perry Smith

    In my leadership and ethics workshops conducted across the United States, I emphasize that all professionals need to express outrage when something unethical is happening in their organization. I point out that controlled outrage often can help...

  • 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

    "Why They Called the Scorpion Scrapiron"

    (See M. Bradley, pp. 30-38, July 1998 Proceedings)

  • Five and Out?
    By Captain E. Tyler Wooldridge III, USN

    A career surface warfare officer considers whether he would stay in the Navy past his initial five-year obligation were he faced with that choice today.

  • The Chiefs Are Not Happy
    By Master Chief Machinist's Mate Mark Butler, USN

    Keeping the right number of sailors on ships and achieving steady advancements across all ratings of the same pay grade would go a long way toward making the chiefs happy again.

  • Ship-to-Objective Maneuver: Will This Dog Hunt?
    By Major Jeffrey P. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps

    In this case, the “dog” is movement from ships directly to the objective ashore. To make it work will require changing more than terms.

  • Don't Wear that D.C. Jacket
    By Commander Kevin J. Delaney, U.S. Navy

    As a Naval Sea Systems Command fleet support officer, I was preparing to visit a naval shipyard and called a friend there to ask about the area. He surprised me by telling me first off, "Don't wear that D.C. jacket," referring to...

  • Trident Can Fire More than Nukes
    By Captain James H. Patton, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The survivable Trident submarine force could carry enough nuclear firepower to deter adventuristic superpowers with room to spare to launch other usable "things" such as intelligence and communications satellites, to provide a...

  • No Democracy Can Feel Secure
    By Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. Shelton, U.S. Marine Corps

    In the very near future, U.S. armed forces almost assuredly will encounter a biological agent. The challenge, then, is to train and equip our troops to respond with efficiency and tenacity.

  • Sulfur, Serpents, and Sarin
    By Captain Stuart D. Landersman, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    President Bill Clinton has told us that our military no longer need fear chemicals on the battlefield because the U.S. government has approved the Chemical Warfare Convention. We can rest easy because this agreement—unlike all previous...

  • Russia's Navy Remains in Decline
    By Richard F. Staar

    The Russian Navy spared no expense in celebrating its 300th anniversary. But the lavish festivities were accomplished at the expense of the fleet.

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Embrace the Challenge
    By Lieutenant Daniel P. "Skip" Shaw, U.S. Navy

    Recent articles in Proceedings and other publications that are widely read throughout the Navy imply that our force is riddled with cancer. We are, according to these sources, on the verge of cataclysmic failures in leadership,...

  • Will Our Forces Match the Threat?
    By Robert Callum

    On 26 October 1415, at the Battle of Agincourt, an English army of 6,000 archers, 1,000 men-at-arms, and a few thousand footmen defeated a French army five times its size. The reason—aside from Henry V's stirring St. Crispin's Day...

  • I Found My Rainbow
    By Journalist First Class Julius Evans, U.S. Navy

    We spent our free time playing softball in the fenced-in area across from the train station in Speonk, New York. The trees were positioned just right for first and third base; we'd always find a piece of cardboard for second base. When too...

  • Navy Blue Goes Green
    By the Honorable Steven S. Honigman and Captain John P. Quinn, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy

    With growing national emphasis on environmental issues, the Navy is taking steps to seize the initiative, including changes in its at-sea operations to protect such marine mammals as the endangered right whale.

  • We Are Products of 1898
    By Colonel James W. Hammond, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Despite its relegation to the backwater of world history, the Spanish-American War—with displays of naval might at such places as Santiago—was a watershed event, from the Caribbean, across the Pacific, to the Philippines. What if...

  • Redefining Coastal Warfare
    By Captain Marke R. Shelley, U.S. Naval Reserve and Commander Wayne C. Dumas, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    The coastal warfare community is at a crossroads. It can go back to business as usual, or it can become a force shaped for the future. We must open the debate on our Navy’s Achilles’ heel.

  • Use Technology . . . But Don't Trust It!
    By Captain James T. Jenkins, U.S. Marine Corps

    Second Cohonorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest

    As technology proliferates, human leadership becomes even more important.

  • Professional Notes

    Electric Propulsion: Commonality Is the Only Way

    By E. L. Bartlett, Jr.

    Electric propulsion remains one of those attractive ideas that has never quite made it in the Navy. The USS Langley (CV-1), the Navy...

  • Book Reviews

    Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered

    Jon Tetsuro Sumida. Washington D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, London, 1997....

  • The U.S. Navy: The Battleships Are Back!
    By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Ardent battleship supporters have won another round; the Navy has reinstated two battleships—the Iowa (BB-61) and the Wisconsin (BB-64)—on the Naval Vessel Register (NVR), the official listing of ships owned by the...

  • Oceans: Buy the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea
    By Don Walsh

    The first National Ocean Conference was held in Monterey, California, 11-12 June. It really began in April 1977 when 70 members of Congress sent a letter to the President proposing a "White House Conference on the Oceans." That the...

  • Points of Interest: A New Prescription Drug Benefit
    By Tom Philpott

    The military pharmacy benefit is seriously ill and part of the cure is to charge dependents and retirees a fee for at least some prescriptions filled at base pharmacies, according to congressional auditors and Defense officials.


  • World Naval Developments: What Is "Military" Technology?
    By Norman Friedman

    The recent controversy over the sale of satellites to China highlights a central problem: civilian technology is getting closer and closer to key military technology. This is particularly the case in mobile communications, where quite legitimate...

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

    The former Military Sealift Command freighting tanker Sealift Caribbean (T-AOT-174), returned to her owners at the end of a 20-year charter in 1995, was purchased early this year by the Peruvian Navy. The Bath-built, 27,217-deadweightton...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name Guam was the second of the controversial large cruisers of the Alaska class. Hull number CB-2—the Guam—was launched on 12 November 1943. Built by the New York...


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