Proceedings Magazine - September 1998 Volume 124/9/1,147

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  • Professional Notes

    Tactical Information Technology . . . From the Sea

    By Fred C. Belen

    The U.S. Navy's Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT-21) program—the service's most ambitious command-and-control initiative to...

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  • Network Centric Works for Marines
    By John E. Rhodes

    When the Commandant of the Marine Corps issued the capstone concept Operational Maneuver From the Sea, he did so with the express purpose of beginning the process of proposal, debate, and experimentation that is the basis for innovation.

  • 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 Total Force Is the Future"

    (See S. Duncan, p. 52, July 1998 Proceedings)

    Captain Tom Daniel, U.S. Navy, Force Structure Branch Chief U.S. Commander in Chief Pacific, and former Commanding Officer of the...

  • Translating Concepts into Capabilities
    By General Henry H. Shelton, USA

    One of my highest priorities as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is to translate the concepts of Joint Vision 2010 into operational capabilities for the war fighter. Our goal is to produce revolutionary changes and transform the U.S...

  • Centers of Gravity Are a Myth
    By Colonel Mark Cancian, USMCR

    Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest Winner

    An important element of emerging joint doctrine is the idea that potential enemies have centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities. Joint Publication 3-0, Doctrine for Joint...

  • Deny U.S. Access?
    By Tomas G. Mahnken

    Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest 1st Honorable Mention

    The growth of potential adversaries’ area-denial capabilities threatens the United States’ ability to project power overseas. Countering this new...

  • Joint but Unique
    By Captain John G. Morgan, U.S. Navy

    Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest 2nd Honorable Mention

    The U.S. Navy must retain its unique capabilities—e.g., no other service tracks down submarines—if it is to succeed in this era of Joint operations....

  • When It's Time to Pay Their Dues...
    By Major Jon P. Hull, U.S. Marine Corps

    . . . they're getting out. Today's junior ground officers are less likely to accept the unpleasantness of non-fleet tours. Inefficient maintenance and supply systems, coupled with a perceived hostility toward candor, are not helping...

  • Reflections
    By R. F. O'Connor

    When pilgrims seek to find themselves, they must first discover their roots—where their life's journey began. For naval aviators, all roads begin in Pensacola, Florida, and all paths seem to cross at Trader Jon's.


  • You Can't Fool the Troops
    By Captain Owen West, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    If performance evaluations measure officers’ leadership capabilities, why not get input from the people they lead?

    Performance evaluation systems are undergoing a major transformation in corporate America. Businesses today...

  • Ain't No Way To Mobilize
    By Captain T. J. Brown, U.S. Navy

    Mobilization is unspeakable—until we need to do it. Then, mobilizing our forces and our industrial base is a long process. With the rapid nature of modern warfare, time is a luxury we cannot afford. We should learn our lessons from the...

  • Training for Measured Response
    By Captain Stephen A. Simpson, U.S. Marine Corps and Gunnery Sergeant Steven G. Carlson, U.S. Marine Corps

    To execute some peacekeeping missions will require nonlethal weapons and new tactics and training on how to use them.

  • The Asian Anchor
    By Darrin W. S. MacKinnon

    "Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia. The Ocean is the key to the seven seas. In the 20th century, the destiny of the world will be decided on its waters." -Alfred Thayer Mahan

  • Cracking the Nuclear Club
    By Commodore R. P. Khanna, Indian Navy (Retired) and Lalit Sethi

    India and Pakistan appear to be in a straitjacket after conducting underground nuclear tests in May. The radioactivity may have been contained, but the worldwide fallout has been swift, severe, and predictable.

  • Bravery Will Not Be Enough
    By Captain Daniel S. Appleton, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As Saving Private Ryan showed, war—on land or sea—is a violent, chaotic business. We must improve our damage control capabilities in peace, so we can fight—and win—in war.

  • Admiral With Wings
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    Rear Admiral J. M. "Bull" Reeves is responsible in many respects for the way carrier aviation still operates.

  • Five Fleets: Around the World with the Nimitz
    By Lieutenant Commander William R. Bray, USN

    Five Fleets

    Part I


  • Surge 97: Demonstrating the Carrier's Firepower Potential
    By Angelyn Jewell, Ph.D., and Maureen Wigge

    On 20 July 1997, as part of Joint Fleet Exercise 97-2, the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) with Commander, Carrier Group Seven, and Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) embarked began a simulated high intensity strike campaign. Four days later, they had...

  • A J.O. Looks at TacAir Readiness
    By Lieutenant Patrick Porter, USN

    Fighter Squadron (VF)-211 recently completed an overseas deployment spent largely in the Persian Gulf policing Iraqi violations of no-fly zones, as a component of Carrier Air Wing Nine embarked in the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). We flew...

  • "The Battle Fleet Must Have Eyes"
    By Rear Admiral William R. Smedberg IV, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Almost a century after Sir Julian S. Corbett penned this axiom, technology is improving the fleet's vision dramatically. At the tactical level, it has manifested itself in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can enable a leaner fleet to...

  • Network-Centric Antisubmarine Warfare
    By Vice Admiral James R. Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy (Retired), Raymond J. Christian and Robert C. Manke

    Significant benefits can be realized by applying network-centric concepts to antisubmarine warfare, but first the Navy must develop an overarching concept of operations and improve sensors to ensure that contact can be generated at reasonable...

  • Walking the Missile Defense Tightrope
    By Lieutenant David A. Adams, U.S. Navy

    Mahan got it right when he wrote, "Every danger of a military character to which the United States is exposed is best met outside her territory—at sea." Today, one of the most prevalent direct military threats to the United...

  • Getting Back to Basics
    By Lieutenant Martha S. Dunne, U.S. Navy

    Second Cohonorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest

    Building a better Navy depends on setting higher standards, redefining basic principles, innovative leadership, and—most important—making people our first...

  • Book Reviews

    Sailing New Seas: Newport Paper Thirteen

    Adm. Paul Reason, USN, and David G. Freymann, Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1998. 90 pp. App. Illus. This publication is free. Order directly from the publisher at tel: (401) 841-2236, fax...

  • The U.S. Navy: Sailing Toward Troubled Waters
    By Norman Polmar

     The Navy's carrier program, which had enjoyed relatively smooth seas for the past two decades appears to be sailing into troubled waters. Since 1979—when Congress overrode President Jimmy Carter's veto to authorize the...

  • Naval Systems: Automated Support for Combat Systems from the Machinery World
    By Ed Walsh

    Technologists from the Dam Neck, Virginia, detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's (NSWC) Port Hueneme Division are seeking allies among fleet operators in a campaign to extend the Navy's automated maintenance control system from...

  • Points of Interest: Health Chief to Avoid Co-Pays
    By Tom Philpott

    "I am struggling to not increase costs to the beneficiary above what they are today," said Dr. Sue Bailey, new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. "Note the word 'struggle,' though," she added.


  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    British Consider Larger Carrier

    As predicted in these pages, the report of the British Defense Review, issued in mid-July, reoriented British policy from its former European emphasis to one on power projection abroad. The paper thus...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Four of the last five 770-ton River-class steel-hulled minesweepers remaining in British Royal Navy service were converted in 1994 for duties as patrol vessels in Northern Ireland waters. Portable sweep gear and winches were removed and replaced...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Don't Blame the Politicians!
    By Lieutenant Colonel Charles P. Clausen, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Retired)

    Recent articles about pilot retention all miss the mark. Retention is a symptom, not the problem. There are serious flaws in the institution caused by lack of civilian support. Fix the environment and retention will take care of itself. The...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…End the Optempo Game
    By Carlton W. Meyer

    Since the end of the Cold War, our military forces have increased their operational tempo (optempo), which measures how often servicemembers are deployed away from home. Senior military officers have continued Cold War deployment patterns with a...

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

    Patrol Squadron 50 (VP-50) had its beginnings as a reserve squadron, VP-917, flying PBY-5A Catalinas out of NAS Seattle, Washington. The squadron, redesignated VP-892, was called to active duty on 4 August 1950 following the outbreak of the...


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