Network Centric Works for Marines

By John E. Rhodes
September 1998
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

September 1998
"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 ...

Translating Concepts into Capabilities

By General Henry H. Shelton, USA
September 1998
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 ...

Deny U.S. Access?

By Tomas G. Mahnken
September 1998
The growth of potential adversaries’ area-denial capabilities threatens the United States’ ability to project power overseas. Countering this new threat demands a joint response.

Joint but Unique

By Captain John G. Morgan, U.S. Navy
September 1998
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
September 1998
. . . 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 ...


By R. F. O'Connor
September 1998
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 ...

You Can't Fool the Troops

By Captain Owen West, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
September 1998
If performance evaluations measure officers’ leadership capabilities, why not get input from the people they lead?

Ain't No Way To Mobilize

By Captain T. J. Brown, U.S. Navy
September 1998
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 ...

Training for Measured Response

By Captain Stephen A. Simpson, U.S. Marine Corps and Gunnery Sergeant Steven G. Carlson, U.S. Marine Corps
September 1998
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
September 1998
"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 ...

Cracking the Nuclear Club

By Commodore R. P. Khanna, Indian Navy (Retired) and Lalit Sethi
September 1998
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 ...

Bravery Will Not Be Enough

By Captain Daniel S. Appleton, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 1998
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.

"The Battle Fleet Must Have Eyes"

By Rear Admiral William R. Smedberg IV, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 1998
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 ...

Network-Centric Antisubmarine Warfare

By Vice Admiral James R. Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy (Retired), Raymond J. Christian and Robert C. Manke
September 1998
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 ...

Walking the Missile Defense Tightrope

By Lieutenant David A. Adams, U.S. Navy
September 1998
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 ...

Getting Back to Basics

By Lieutenant Martha S. Dunne, U.S. Navy
September 1998
Second Cohonorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay ContestBuilding a better Navy depends on setting higher standards, redefining basic principles, innovative leadership, and—most important—making people our first priority. Throughout history ...

Book Reviews

September 1998
Sailing New Seas: Newport Paper ThirteenAdm. Paul Reason, USN, and David G. Freymann, Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1998. 90 pp. App. Illus. This publication is free. Order directly ...

The U.S. Navy: Sailing Toward Troubled Waters

By Norman Polmar
September 1998
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 ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
September 1998
British Consider Larger CarrierAs 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 ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
September 1998
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 ...

Nobody Asked Me But…Don't Blame the Politicians!

By Lieutenant Colonel Charles P. Clausen, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Retired)
September 1998
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 ...

Nobody Asked Me But…End the Optempo Game

By Carlton W. Meyer
September 1998
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 ...

Professional Notes

September 1998
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 ...
Commanding Officer Cdr. Denis F. Beugureau leads the "Blue Dragons" of Patrol Squadron 50

Patrol Squadron Fifty (VP-50)

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 1998
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 ...

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