Proceedings Magazine - November 1998 Volume 124/11/1,149

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  • The Fleet: Here or Abroad, Modern or Antique, Powerful or Weak?
    By Frank Uhlig Jr.

    The United States is building about six new warships per year, and there is no evidence that a change of national administration from Democrat to Republican would change that.

    Building at such a slow rate, a 350-ship fleet translates to 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

    "Listen to the JOs: Why Retention Is a Problem"

    (See J. Natter, A. Lopez, and D. Hodges, pp. 58-62, October 1998 Proceedings)

  • Semper Fidelis
    By Lieutenant Colonel Steve Richmond, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    I can still see the twin grooves the heels of his jungle boots made in the mud. Four friends were struggling to carry his body through the rain to the landing zone in the foothills of the Que Son Mountains. His legs dragged behind the poncho...

  • The Writing on the Wall
    By Captain Jason L. Morris, USMC

    Winner, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    The Marine Corps' most critical vulnerability is its general unpreparedness for chemical and biological warfare. Are these Landing Support Battalion...

  • Bottom Line: It's Infantry
    By Captain Scott E. Packard, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    We need an infantry-based concept for employing forces during operations other than war in urban settings.

  • Don't Forget the Fleet
    By Major Henry Black, U.S. Marine Corps

    Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    The Marine Corps is in danger of becoming a smaller, less-capable version of capabilities already resident in the Air Force and the Army. The Corps' future lies in fulfilling...

  • The Price of 'Marine Green' Still Is High
    By Bob Concordia

    Forty years after graduating from Parris Island, former Marine returns to find not much has changed.

    A rare opportunity availed itself a couple of years ago, and I was able to return to Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island,...

  • So You Want to Be a Marine
    By Bob Concordia

    A former Marine and good friend of mine, George Fuska, recently told me how he came to join the Marine Corps.

  • Ring of Fire or Ring of Smoke?
    By F. J. West, Jr.

    Decreasing resources will drive the change to a network-centric "ring of fire," but practical problems must be addressed if there is to be no disconnect between numerous, near-simultaneous calls for fire—these...

  • What Was Nimitz Thinking?
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    One of the most controversial operations of World War II in the Pacific was the 1944 invasion of Peleliu. A military historian has analyzed the circumstances and the personalities involved, trying to answer a question that has nagged veterans...

  • Marine Corps Snaps

    Following the untimely death early in 1997 of Master Sergeant Tom Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Managing Editor of Leatherneck magazine, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (formerly Historical Foundation) decided to create the Tom...

  • Until Death Do Us Part?
    By Captain E. T. Gomulka, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy

    They met at A-School. Their passion quickly grew from innocent attraction to what they thought was love. They married, and a year later they had a child. Now, less than three years after their wedding day, they are getting a divorce. It...

  • No Home on the Range
    By Commander Eric Okerstrom, U.S. Navy

    Challenges to military use of federal lands and airspace are growing. To maintain land for testing and training, the services are going to have to combine their talent and resources.

  • Forward . . . From Long Island
    By Captain Raymond S. McCord, U.S. Navy, and Thomas A. Schoene

    At 2031 on 17 July 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 flying from New York to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the south shore of Long Island. The Navy-led search and recovery effort that followed was carried out under unusual and...

  • What We Need to Win the Drug War
    By Commander Matt Blizard and Lieutenant Joe DiRenzo III, U.S. Coast Guard

    Nine areas—from sensors to judicial enforcement—must be addressed if we art to defeat drug traffickers in the eastern Caribbean. This U.S. Coast Guardsman is removing marijuana from a ship seized by the cutter Vigilantoff...

  • Part III: Five Fleets: Around the World with the Nimitz
    By Lieutenant Commander William R. Bray, U.S. Navy

    Five Fleets

    Part III


  • Professional Notes

    The Surface Navy Needs Spotters

    By Lieutenant Darren McPherson, U.S. Navy

    U.S. Navy surface combatants, lacking organic assets to conduct real-time targeting, fire support, and battle damage assessment, must rely on battle group...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…It's A Great Time To Be At Sea
    By Commander Chris Nichols, U.S. Navy

    There is a revolution under way in surface warfare that has caused us to rediscover our roots. The likes of John Paul Jones, Stephen Decatur, and Arleigh Burke serve as bedrock to a growing elite group of men and women unafraid of critical...

  • Book Reviews

    Kilo Class

    Patrick Robinson, New York: Harper Collins, 1998. 484 pp. $25.00 ($22.50).

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Charles J. Beers, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • The U.S. Navy: Where Have All the Nukes Gone?
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy currently deploys almost one-half of all U.S. nuclear weapons. The total number of U.S. "nukes" is declining, while the percentage of U.S. weapons on board ship—specifically, in 18 Trident missile submarines—is...

  • Naval Systems: Interoperability—Coming Soon?
    By Ed Walsh

    The Naval Sea Systems Command, at the direction of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), is leading a Navy wide campaign to overcome what for some fleet operators and acquisition managers has become a front-and-center crisis: the erosion of...

  • Points of Interest: Retirees Lose Second Suit Over Promised Land
    By Tom Philpott

    Promises of free lifetime healthcare made to several generations of military careerists were not backed by law or regulation, so there is no legal basis for retirees to sue the government over declining access to care, a U.S. district court judge...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    North Korean Satellite Launch Fails

    At the end of August, the North Koreans launched their two stage Taepo-Dong I missile for the first time. The first stage fell into the sea between Korea and Japan; the second fell east of...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    L 9525, the first of a planned five LCU-1-class utility landing craft for use with the Netherlands' new 12,750-ton amphibious dock landing ship Rotterdam, was completed this April. Three more (with an option for a fourth) are to have...

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

    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333 (VMFA-333) originally was activated on 1 October 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 333 (VMSB-333). The Shamrocks, initially equipped with SBD-4...


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