Proceedings Magazine - May 1999 Volume 125/5/1,155

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  • U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Developments
    By Floyd D. Kennedy Jr.


    Defense critics constantly complain that the military does nothing but prepare for the last war—never the next one. One need only look at Marine Corps development of amphibious warfare capabilities and Navy...

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  • Nobody Asked Me, But … The Recruiting Problem We Don’t Talk About
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Strother, U.S. Navy (Retired)
  • References
  • Organization
  • Information Sources
  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
    By Samuel Loring Morison
  • Notebook
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  • Who Should Have Tried Captain Ashby?
    By John H. Cushman

    On 4 March 1999, a U.S Marine Corps court-martial at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, found Marine Captain Richard J. Ashby—who on 3 February 1998 had been flying an EA-6B Prowler lower and faster than rules permitted when it severed gondola...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "We're Recruiting Another Great Generation"

    (See B. McGann, p. 6, April 1999 Proceedings)

    "Why I Will Leave the Navy"

    (See M. Butler, p. 2. April 1999 Proceedings)

  • Driving Bill and Madeleine Bananas
    By Franklin C. Spinney

    The grand strategic stakes began spiraling wildly upward in the Balkans late in March. The Serb offensive in Kosovo that threatened to destabilize Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro opened a rift with Russia and put NATO's credibility—...

  • Human-Centric Warfare
    By Commander Alan D. Zimm, USN (Ret.)

    Winner, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    New technologies offer the services the prospect of collecting and distributing massive amounts of data, but unless the needs and limitations of the human users at the end of the chain are...

  • War Fighting . . . and More
    By Commander David W. Glazier, U.S. Navy

    First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    War fighting is the Navy's primary mission, but to focus on it exclusively is to ignore fully two-thirds of the taskings—from humanitarian relief to Arctic research...

  • Where Will All the Admirals Go?
    By Rear Admiral W. J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    New technologies force changes—in force structure, equipment designs, and operational processes. For the Navy, one effect of the shift to the network-centric/information age...

  • 'It's All a Matter of Perspective': An Interview with General Anthony Zinni, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command, leader of Operation Desert Fox (December 1998) and ongoing operations against Iraq, talked recently at the Pentagon with the Naval Institute’s Fred L. Schultz.


  • Mastering and Controlling Change
    By General Dennis J. Reimer, U.S. Army and Colonel R. J. Dunn III, U.S. Army (Retired)

    To prepare for future conflicts, we must change the way we change. Joint experimentation offers the opportunity to give our forces the right answers for upcoming challenges.

  • Within Striking Distance & Ready to Act
    By General Charles Krulak, U.S. Marine Corps

    With the world's ocean traffic serving swollen coastal populations and transiting vital sea lines of communication—manifest in a snapshot of recent global electronic intercepts—the ability of U.S. naval forces to maneuver from...

  • Steaming Into a New World
    By Norman Friedman

    The Cold War was a war for national survival. It demanded sacrifices that lesser conflicts cannot justify. In the post-Cold War world, the United States faces numerous but unrelated conflicts. An example of the new challenge is...

  • December 7, 1999: The Second, Silent Attack on Pearl Harbor
    By Lieutenant Commander Pietro Marghella, MC, USN

    Mustafa bin Nidal had an obscene sense of history. Throughout the many months of planning for their strike against the Great Satan, he had insisted that the attack be carried out on the anniversary of the most infamous defeat ever suffered by the...

  • In Pursuit of 'the Real Navy'
    By Bradley Peniston

    The author of an upcoming Naval Institute Press book takes us around the world—from aircraft and carriers to submarines and surface ships—with the U.S. Navy.

    "This ain't the real Navy," said the salvage...

  • One Special Ship
    By Lieutenant Commander Bryan McGrath, U.S. Navy

    The chemistry of the wardroom of the USS Thomas S. Gates in 1990 and 1991 convinced at least one officer to stay in the Navy. Can this atmosphere be recreated?

  • Retention: What works for DesRon 21?
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael Crockett, U.S. Navy

    The commanding officers and command master chiefs of the six ships of Destroyer Squadron 21 recently participated in an open forum on retention.

    The discussion provided many innovative and exciting ideas that already have...

  • The U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    A "book-end" year—that is what 1998 was for the U.S. Navy. Chronic crisis in the Arabian Gulf flared as the year dawned, and the United States massed its largest naval force since the 1991 Gulf War to respond to repeated Iraqi...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    The times and faces change, but the mission and the ethos endure. As the rest of the country sat glued to television sets watching bowl games, or the latest political combat in the nation's capital, a visitor encountered a lone Marine sitting...

  • The Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    "Tomorrow ends a very difficult month for the U.S. commercial fishing fleet. Ten boats sunk. Eleven people missing or known dead."

    Admiral James Loy, Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered these sobering remarks...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Serbian Air Defenses Take on Stealth

    Early in the attacks on targets in Kosovo and Serbia, the U.S. Air Force lost an F-117A stealth fighter (actually a light bomber)—raising the question of just how effective stealth...

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch

    In the late 1800s, led by Britain's Cunard Lines, steamship liner operators serving the colonial India to Europe textile and jute trades established the world's first organized liner conferences, to set common freight rates and publish...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Bradley Peniston

    Call it the year the rose-colored glasses came off. Between last spring and this one, lawmakers probed and prodded and listened in amazement as Navy officers and officials admitted reluctantly that the fleet was bow-on to shoal water.

  • Notable Naval Books of 1998
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    All too often, too many books earn too few readers; their destiny becomes a library shelf where they wait for belated discovery by academic researchers or the occasional browser. And all too often that can mean valuable information is being...

  • Naval Systems: Navy Seeks Funds for Sensor-Detecting Laser
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Applied Optics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is betting that the Marine Corps will want its landing craft equipped with a laser system that senses enemy electro-optical observation devices and indicates whether the landing...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    On 24 April 1998, Halter Marine Group received one of the largest patrol boat orders won by a U.S. yard in many years—a dozen 79-foot units for the Venezuelan Navy's Coast Guard Command and ten 54-foot search-and-rescue patrol boats for...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Rick Burgess

    Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Nine (HS-9) was established at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, on 4 June 1976, equipped with the SH-3H Sea King. The Sea Griffins carried on the traditions of an earlier HS-9, which served from June 1956...


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