Proceedings Magazine - July 1999 Volume 125/7/1,157

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  • The Academy Could Learn a Thing or Two from the Ivies
    By Steve Cohen

    Sidebar: What the Ivy League Can Learn

    "Now hear this: Your new wingmen are Ted Turner and Jane Fonda." Relieved that this is...

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  • Transition: Time to Help the Recruiter
    By Matthew P. Caulfield

    Rear Admiral Barbara McGann's comments on recruiting in April's Proceedings are on the mark in her assessment of the problem...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Within Striking Distance & Ready to Act"

    (See C. Krulak, pp. 50-52, May 1999 Proceedings)

    Major Michael T. Pierson, U.S. Marine Corps—Commandant Krulak correctly extols the virtues of the...

  • A Tale of Two Cities
    By Captain E. Tyler Wooldridge III, USN

    In today's Navy, the power and emphasis have shifted from the fleet to Washington, and more and more officers are scrambling to get back to duty inside the Beltway. But although the lure of the Pentagon is strong, sea duty...

  • The Ship-Air Wing Team: Match Game or the Odd Couple?
    By Lieutenant Commander Frank Morley, U.S. Navy

    The carrier and her embarked air wing generate amazing combat power, but only through strong mutual understanding can they perform together at peak efficiency.

  • "... put me through to the Commander-in-Chief"
    By Commander Glenn Tierney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When Admiral Harry Felt, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, asked Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to "put me through to the Commander-in-Chief" to authorize a rescue, he chose his words carefully. He "asked"—but would...

  • Should the Corps Be Concerned About Retention?
    By Major David A. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps

    To date, the Marine Corps has not experienced the same mid-career attrition as its sister services, but it might just be that the problem has been slower in reaching the surface in the Corps.

  • We're in the Enemy's Backyard
    By Rear Admiral Rodney P. Rempt, U.S. Navy

    Against antiship cruise missiles, terrorist actions, and the proliferation of arms of all kinds, U.S. forces overseas, especially those ashore or in the near-land littoral, are vulnerable—as the attacks on the Khobar Towers in Saudi...

  • Foreign Cooperation Is Essential for Force Protection
    By Captain George K. Hamilton, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The 30th anniversary of the NATO Sea Sparrow Project was celebrated at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in October 1998. Highlighting the international cooperation behind NATO's largest and most successful weapon project, the celebration focused...

  • Making the Case for SSGNs
    By Rear Admiral William P. Houley, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Beginning in 2002, the first four Ohio (SSBN-726)-class submarines are scheduled to be decommissioned. Rather than scrapping them, we could turn these large vessels into formidable Special Operations Forces/ offensive strike platforms as...

  • Network-Centric: Is It Worth the Risk?
    By Commander William K. Lescher, USN

    Network-centric warfare is more than just technology. It's the massing of the effects of accurate long-range fire rather than the massing of forces. Making it work, and staying ahead of our adversaries, requires a focus on...

  • The Power of e-Sailors
    By Vice Admiral James R. Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We have some new recruits—and they don't get seasick, don't need to eat or sleep, and never go on liberty. They capture events, monitor thresholds, notice anomalous occurrences, meticulously patrol envelopes of acceptability,...

  • The Ups and Downs of Electric Boat
    By Commander John D. Alden, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Electric Boat Company was incorporated officially in 1899, but its technological and corporate roots go much deeper. John P. Holland, who had attained considerable public recognition for his earlier submarines, won the U. S. Navy's 1888...

  • Hell-Roaring Mike's a Hero
    By Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard

    Hard-drinking and authoritarian, Captain Michael Healy had no friends in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, but his accomplishments as a law-enforcement officer, sailor, and humanitarian are rightly recognized in the naming of the...

  • The Growing Threat of Modern Piracy
    By Thomas B. Hunter

    Many years have passed since John Paul Jones attacked merchant shipping along the English coast and Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. Yet, although letters of marque and the Jolly Roger have been relegated to history, piracy on the high...

  • Seagoing Soldier
    By George A. Hill

    Home from Vietnam, feeling confused and out of place, a young Marine connects with a merchant seaman and learns the meaning of "seagoing soldier."

    In and around Houston, beer joints were not called bars or taverns—...

  • Professional Notes

    The Enduring Curse of the Gentlemen Captains

    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Why Stay in the Seagoing Profession?
    By Commander Robert P. Girrier, U.S. Navy

    We recently have been reading quite a bit about what is wrong with our seagoing profession, why officers and sailors are leaving, and what we can do to make it better. Certainly, there is plenty of room for improvement, and it is obvious that the...

  • Biological Warfare: The Threat of the Millennium
    By Ensign Kerry Ann George, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Biological warfare is not purely a 21st-century concern. Evidence dating back to 1918 reveals the use of biological agents in World War I.

  • Is the Navy Heading for a Crash?
    By Ensign Michael Keehn, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    The growing use of commercial products in the Navy, with the inception of the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) program, has generated a need for people to maintain the...

  • The Submarine: Outdated Menace or Force Multiplier?
    By Ensign Jeb Scott Lyne, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    At a NATO maritime tactics course in Halifax, Nova Scotia . . . the aviators submariners and surface warriors from all countries represented agreed that defeating...

  • The Battle for Hué City
    By Second Lieutenant Andrew J. Lawler, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    In 1968 the North Vietnamese Communists launched their largest operation of the Vietnam War—the Tet Offensive, which included a battle unlike anything the U.S....

  • What Are Your NCOs Talking About?
    By Captain Roberta L. Shea, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Getting to know your NCOs' concerns—and helping them to talk to each other—are reasons enough to make the time every week to communicate with...

  • Book Reviews

    The Emperor's General

    James Webb. New York: Broadway Books, 1999. 401 pp. $25.00 ($22.50).

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Gary D. Solis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Former Secretary of the Navy James Webb has...

  • NATO Navies: No Frigate on the Horizon
    By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy, Director, Royal United Services Institute

    In the margins of NATO's 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C., in late April, the lights went out on Project Horizon, the British-French-Italian Common New Generation Frigate. The project died with a whimper, and the three governments...

  • Naval Systems: Labs Team for Systems Testing
    By Ed Walsh

    A team of ten Navy laboratories planned early in June to start a six-week sequence of tests to be carried out entirely via nationwide telecommunications lines, for the combat systems of the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Battle...

  • Points of Interest: Congress Fashions Stronger Benefits Package
    By Tom Philpott

    By early June 1999, the House was moving only a step behind the Senate in approving the most significant overhaul of military compensation in two decades. Not since the Reagan administration has a defense authorization bill contained as many...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Chinese Spied for Decades

    Late in May the Clinton administration agreed to release a congressional report on Chinese espionage in the United States—and on its own failure to investigate some major incidents at the Los Alamos...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Type 209/1200 submarine Chong Un is seen here on a marine railway at South Korea's giant Daewoo Shipyard at Okpo in March 1999, a year after the 1,285-ton (submerged displacement), German designed boat was...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Attack Squadron 76 (VA-76) was established on 1 June 1955 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The Spirits were initially equipped with the F2H-2 Banshee and later the F9F-8 Cougar before receiving the nuclear-weapons-capable F9F-8B in April...


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