Comment and Discussion

February 1998
"False Assumptions, Wistful Dreams"(See N. T. Honaker, pp. 70-73, January 1998 Proceedings)Lieutenant Commander Chris Ratliff, U.S. Navy—Mr. Honaker's piece may be well intentioned, but it is ill informed and flavored ...

Where Have All The O-3s Gone?

By Lieutenant Llewellyn D. Lewis, U.S. Navy
February 1998
It takes as many years for the Navy to train a senior lieutenant commander or commander as it takes to field a new weapon system. The USN needs to work ...

Innovation for the Interwar Years

By Captain James Carman, U.S. Navy; Colonel Mitchell Triplett, U.S. Marine Corps; Commander James Nault, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant Commander Russell Bartlett, U.S. Navy; and Lieutenant David Adams, U.S. Navy
February 1998
The US Navy developed and fielded new capabilities in the years between WWI and WWII, but the Cold War and subsequent developments have raised the bar for US military peacetime ...

Often the Only Option

By The Honorable John Douglass
February 1998
The mobility and capabilities of the aircraft carrier strike force make it an important tool of US power projection, but the uncertain post-Cold War security climate and changing mission parameters ...

Leave a Legacy

By Senior Chief Firecontrol Technician John Snell, U.S. Navy
February 1998
Like the rest of the services, the Navy is a young person's game. Senior personnel must provide the leadership that allows young sailors to grow and contribute to the Navy.

There's Value in Diversity

By Senior Chief Yeoman Mike Tainter, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 1998
Diversity is a strength of the US military, but the USN's approach is divisive, emphasizing differences instead of similarities. Diversity training can help create a stronger, more unified Navy.

'White Jacket' Revisited

By Chief Signalman Scott Baxter, U.S. Naval Reserve
February 1998
In spite of technological advances, the lives of Navy sailors have changed little since the days of sail. Sailors should learn from Herman Melville's "White Jacket" and celebrate the sea's ...

Honor Is a Seamless Garment

By Captain Robert J. Phillips, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy
February 1998
Recent scandals and incidents have tarnished the military's image. The old notion that personal behavior and values are irrelevant unless they have a direct impact on professional performance is incompatible ...

When Lethal Force Won't Do

By Colonel Dennis B. Herbert, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 1998
Military forces increasingly find themselves engaged in peacekeeping and other non-combat duties where lethal force may be inappropriate or counterproductive. A third way between deadly force and verbal warnings is ...

MOUT: The Show Stopper

By Robert E. Podlesny
February 1998
Military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) challenge the tenets of Joint Vision 2010. If missions in places such as Mogadishu and Sarajevo become the norm, we must ask if MOUT ...

Two Admirals for an Ensign

By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 1998
The Navy Department's failure to ease the glut of post-Civil War officers and new officer candidates in the 1880s prompted congressional intervention.

Can We Protect Our Coasts?

By Commander Timothy R. Dring, U.S. Naval Reserve
February 1998
Coastal warfare and harbor defense in U.S. Navy practice have come a long way, evolving from an organization of units tasked with protecting U.S. ports, harbors, and coastlines. Now we ...

Reserve Yard-Sale!

By Captain William K. Fogerty, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), and Professor Timothy Somes
February 1998
The Naval Reserve must shed its outdated infrastructure and become more efficient in an era of declining defense dollars. Full-time support personnel make up 20% of the reserve force but ...

Professional Notes

February 1998
Break Down the BarriersBy Commander Frank Sturm, U.S. Coast GuardThe pilot brought her HH-60 Jayhawk into a hover over the disabled fishing vessel as the 110-foot cutter stood by ...

Nobody Asked Me But…Is Anyone Listening?

By Commander John R. Hatten, U.S. Navy and Lieutenant Commander Ronald Horton, U.S. Navy
February 1998
Hatten and Horton address the perception in the Navy that flag officers are mostly concerned with politically correct solutions rather than morally correct ones, particularly in quality-of-life issues.

Leadership Forum: We Seek Homeostasis

By Master Sergeant Ronny R. Rohrer, U.S. Marine Corps
February 1998
Maintaining a high overall morale level enables the Marines to handle the high levels of stress and strain that go with the Marines' training regimen and mission.

Book Reviews

February 1998
The Navy Times Book of SubmarinesBrayton Harris, edited by Walter J. Boyne. New York: Berkley Books, 1997. 380 pp. Bib. Ind. Notes. Photos. Drawings. $31.95 ($28.75).Reviewed by Admiral Frank B ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
February 1998
US carrier task forces on station in the Persian Gulf are free to use military power against Iraq or any state that threatens them. Carriers are not subject to the ...

Combat Fleets

By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 1998
New warships for the navies of the Bahamas, China and Denmark are described.

Lest We Forget

By Eric Wertheim
February 1998
The ammunition ship Pyro was the first US vessel to bear that name. Launched in 1919, the Pyro served until Jun 1946 and was broken up for scrap in Mar ...

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