Proceedings Magazine - April 1999 Volume 125/4/1,154

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  • With the Marines at Tarawa
    By Peter Neushul and Second Lieutenant James D. Neushul, U.S. Marine Corps

    Numerous books and articles have explored every detail of the World War II assault on Tarawa, a battle that ranks alongside Iwo Jima and Okinawa as one of the most significant in the history of U.S. amphibious warfare. For many Americans,...

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  • Why I Will Leave the Navy
    By Melanie C. Butler

    I do not want to leave the Navy, but I will. I know this, even as I discuss—with my husband on a weekly basis—the possibility of staying at least through my department head tour. Even though I truly love being a surface warfare...

  • We're Recruiting Another Great Generation
    By Barbara McGann

    Tom Brokaw's runaway best-seller The Greatest Generation recounts the story of the World War II generation of Americans who met the challenge of a threat as severe as any faced by this nation. Today, our challenge is to recruit the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "End of the Continental Century"

    (See R. Fry, pp. 40-43, March 1999 Proceedings)

    James H. Hughes—Brigadier Fry's article contains many insights into military strategy, but misses our future for the...

  • Masters, Martyrs & Spectators
    By Lieutenant Commander Clay Harris, USN

    The establishment of the all-volunteer force marked the beginning of the end for most families' connection with or contribution to the military, and today it risks permanently dividing America's citizenry. The revival of Selective Service...

  • Reflections on the 1979 Fastnet Race
    By Captain Ned Shuman, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 11 August 1979, the U. S. Naval Academy yacht Alliance crossed the starting line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, on the biannual Fastnet Race. Alliance was a 56-foot aluminum sloop. On board...

  • Desert Fox: The Third Night
    By Major Ross Roberts, USMC

    This first-hand account of an Operation Desert Fox carrier strike reflects the lessons naval aviation learned from Desert Storm; this time around, air crews had the laser-guided bombs (being loaded, below), the FLIRs, and the designators required...

  • Mined Beaches: If You Can't Avoid 'em, Breach 'em
    By Captain Roni Meyerhoff, U.S. Marine Corps

    Despite the best intentions of the Ottawa Convention, the day when the world is rid of landmines will be a long time in coming. Today, the multipurpose air cushion craft offers one of the few good ways for amphibious forces to clear lanes...

  • There Are Limits on Sea-Based NMD
    By Commander John M. Pollin, U.S. Navy

    Pursuing a capability to counter ballistic missiles is an excellent idea, but the course to a seabased national missile defense is not quite as simple, quick, or cheap as some would have the nation believe. Open, informed debate on both the...

  • A "National Fleet" for America
    By Vice Admiral Thomas Fargo, U.S. Navy and Rear Admiral Ernest Riutta, U.S. Coast Guard

    The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have worked together to conduct maritime interdictions in the Persian Gulf before, during, and after Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Such cooperation must increase to make both services optimally effective...

  • A Snapshot of Pyongyang
    By Major General W. C. Gregson, U.S. Marine Corps and Captain Bruce Lemkin, U.S. Navy

    On 25 June 1950, Kim II Sung's forces invaded the Republic of Korea. This was a rude shock to the United States, confident of its military superiority founded on air power and our atomic weapons monopoly. Three years later, the opposing...

  • Absence of Purpose
    By Captain Wade R. Sanders, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Marines have a strong sense of community and purpose, and a personal connection with their leaders—things that appear to be missing in the Navy. Therein may lie the answer to the Navy's recruiting and retention crisis.

  • Can a Minimum-Manned Ship Survive Combat?
    By Captain Pierre Vining, U.S. Navy

    Sustaining the ability to fight on after suffering heavy damage must be a primary goal as designers and decisionmakers envision the combatants of tomorrow.

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Maintain Our Corps' Values
    By Captain Kelly P. Houlgate, U.S. Marine Corps

    Standards-based qualities such as discipline, uniformity, physical fitness, professionalism, and competency are but a few of the qualities associated with the United States Marine Corps. Nearly everything about the Corps is centered around...

  • Professional Notes

    Ethics for Those Who Go Down to the Sea in Ships

    By Dr. Nancy Sherman

    It's the Monday morning after Christmas break, the first day of lecture in NE 203, a required ethics course for youngsters (sophomores) at the U.S. Naval...

  • The U.S. Navy: Satellites from the Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    An idea more than 50 years old soon will come to fruition—the sea launch of satellites. The multinational Sea Launch system is expected to begin placing large commercial satellites in orbit later this year. Launching these payloads from...

  • Book Reviews

    Hitler's U-boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945

    Clay Blair. New York: Random House, 1998. 909 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $45.00 ($40.50).

    Reviewed by Axel Niestle

    Readers of naval history are fortunate indeed...

  • Oceans: ROVing the Seas, Lands and Space
    By Don Walsh

    A "remotely operated vehicle" (ROV) usually is defined as a tethered, unmanned submersible. That is not entirely correct. Man is still in the loop, but on board a surface support vessel rather than in the vehicle. Here the "pilot...

  • Points of Interest: The Fight for S-4
    By Tom Philpott

    In late February, on a bipartisan vote of 91 to 8, the Senate passed the Soldiers', Sailors', Airmen's, and Marines' Bill of Rights Act of 1999, the most robust military compensation package in a generation.

    The "core...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Why Are We Going Into the Balkans?

    ATO intervention in Kosovo, strongly supported by the United States, raises an interesting and troubling policy question, which may have important implications for the U.S. military. Until Kosovo,...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The first Arleigh Burke (DDG-21) Flight IIA-class guided missile destroyer, the Oscar Austin (DDG-79), is seen here at Bath Iron Works just after launch on 7 November 1998. Two sisters also are now in the water, the Ingalls-...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The USS Perch (SS-176) was a Porpoise (SS-172)-class submarine commissioned on 19 November 1936. In 1939, the Perch sailed for the Philippines and became a division flagship. In the summer of 1940, she sailed to...


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