Proceedings Magazine - January 1999 Volume 125/1/1,151

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  • What Will This SecNav Do?
    By Richard Danzig

    I'd like to address two fundamental questions: What is it that a Secretary of the Navy does? What is it that I plan to do?

    There are three basic functions of enduring significance that are performed by a secretary. There is the work of...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Where Surface Warfare Is Headed—and Why"

    (See M. Mullen, pp. 76-79, October 1998 Proceedings)

  • Educating the Navy for the Long Haul
    By Peter A. C. Long

    "If you plan for one year—plant rice;

    For ten years—plant trees;

    For one-hundred years—educate men."

    Confucius's aphorism speaks volumes about the value of a long-...

  • The Silence of the Admirals
    By James H. Webb, Jr.

    As the fleet shrinks—here, the ex-Joseph Hewes (FFT-1078), leased to Taiwanand operations tempo rises, Navy leaders have been unable or unwilling to...

  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Network-Centric Warfare
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett

    Most of us read Vice Admiral Art Cebrowski's seminal 1998 Proceedings article on network-centric warfare (NCW), and if some detected a confidence too bold, that is...

  • Moving the Navy into the Information Age
    By Commander Michael S. Loescher, U.S. Navy

    Spurred by the innovation and intellect of its people, the Navy has transformed itself; Fleet Battle Experiment Delta is just one sign that it is moving from routine into creative exercises to explore the future. To continue, however, the...

  • Nuclear Weapons in the Info Age: Who Needs 'em?
    By Rear Admiral W. J. Holland, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The appeal of a world without nuclear weapons is clear, but until someone finds a way to un-invent them, the United States must continue to field these devices.

  • We Don't Need an IW Commander
    By Commander Erik J. Dahl, U.S. Navy

    Information dominance is an integral part of all warfare areas—and far too important to be assigned to a single commander.

  • A Naval Concepts-Based Vision for Space
    By Commander Randall G. Bowdish, U.S. Navy, and Commander Bruce Woodyard, U.S. Navy

    Space is not a separate area of responsibility. It is another medium in the warfighting continuum, and the U.S. Navy will influence events ashore, directly and decisively, from the sea—anytime, anywhere.

  • Space Is an Ocean
    By Commander Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy

    Space is an ocean—and I'm not speaking metaphorically. Ocean defines both "the entire body of salt water that covers approximately 72% of earth's surface," and any "great expanse."

  • Quality of Life at Sea
    By Lieutenant Commander W. Boothe Higgins, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The sacrifice of time away from home is unavoidable, but the U.S. Navy could learn a lot from its European allies about making life at sea more enjoyable and rewarding.

  • Navy Area Ballistic Missile Defense: Coming On Fast
    By John D. Gresham

    With an appropriate interceptor surface-to-air missile, the Navy's Aegis combat system is capable of engaging ballistic missiles in combat, providing deployed U.S. forces with urgently needed protection.

  • High "Seize" Maritime Interdiction Works!
    By Rear Admiral James D. Hull, U.S. Coast Guard, and Lieutenant Commander Michael D. Emerson, U.S. Coast Guard

    "The security of our maritime borders is an essential component of the National Drug Control Strategy, and I can assure you the Coast Guard has the will to defeat drug smugglers at sea.”

    -Rear Admiral Ernest R....

  • "Mariner-Class": A New Merchant Marine Officer
    By Rear Admiral James F. McNulty, U.S. Maritime Service (Retired)

    As the seagoing community nears a new century, our academies must develop new ways of training officers. The increasing complexity of computerized ships and global shipping companies demands a new breed of modern mariner.

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Taking Care of Our People?
    By Lieutenant Commander Mark Werner, U.S. Naval Reserve

    I repeatedly hear others say, people are the Navy's number one resource, and taking care of them is our number one priority. Addressing some of the Navy's self-imposed quality-of-life issues would indicate that our leaders understand the...

  • Deep Coalitions: Alternative Power Projection
    By Lieutenant Colonel Scott Lindsey, USMC

    When terrorists attacked two U.S. embassies in Africa last August, President Bill Clinton responded swiftly—but the damage already had been done. We must develop innovative ways of using resources to promote U.S. interests—and prevent...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...The Last Days of Carrier-Based Aviation?
    By Lieutenant Richard C. Arthur, U.S. Navy

    The bell-tolls announcing the slow death of carrier-based aviation were sounded on 20 August 1998 by the 75 Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched against terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan. In terms of naval history, the 20th...

  • When the Birds Didn't Fly
    By Commander Thomas B. Buell, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Even though artist Arthur Beaumont depicted her as a mighty Cold Warrior, the guided-missile frigate King and her sister surface ships in the 1960s struggled with a missile technology that often fizzled.

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

    Five Fleets

    Part V


  • Tomorrow's Fleet
    By Scott C. Truver

    Part of tomorrow’s fleet is here today.

  • Professional Notes

    Soviet-Russian Polar Icebreakers: Changing Fortunes

    By Captain Lawson W. Brigham, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

  • Book Reviews

    Full Dress Gray

    Lucian K. Truscott IV. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1998. 384 pp. $25.00 ($22.50).

    Reviewed by Captain William B. Hayler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • NATO Navies: Franco-British Carrier Cooperation
    By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy, Director, Royal United Services Institute

    There is talk in London and Paris this New Year of Franco-British cooperation on future aircraft carriers. For the French, this is not about the Charles de Gaulle, which is due to commission later in 1999, but about the next carrier in...

  • Naval Systems: Sea Services Pursue Digital Targeting for Land Attack
    By Ed Walsh

    United States Navy and Marine Corps program developments will converge in late 1998 to put something of an exclamation point on the sea services' intentions to make the land-attack mission the centerpiece for future joint operations.

  • Points of Interest: Closing the "Pay Gap" or Merely Redefining It?
    By Tom Philpott

    There are several ways to address the "pay gap" between military and private sector workers, which military leaders blame—in part—for a recent slide in force quality. The first way might be called the direct approach. It...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    South African Navy Modernizes

    In mid-November the South Africans announced a long awaited program to modernize their armed forces with four German MEKO frigates, three German-built submarines, four helicopters, and 28 Swedish-built...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Royal Australian Navy's last conventional steam-driven warship, the River-class frigate Torrens, was decommissioned on 1 September 1998; she is seen here during a final visit to Sydney in July. Only two nations now are building...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Rick Burgess

    Fighter Squadron One (VF-1), along with its sister squadron, VF-2, operationally introduced to the world the most capable naval interceptor ever built—the F-14 Tomcat. The F-14A was the only aircraft flown by VF-1 in the squadron's...


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