Proceedings Magazine - August 1999 Volume 125/8/1,158

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A U.S. fighter pilot patrols the no-fly zone. Suddenly, a bogey pops up on his radarscope. Thirty miles apart, the two aircraft close at more than 20 miles a minute. They are seconds away from...



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    By Captain Philip A. Burdette, U.S. Marine Corps

    Second Co-Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Leaders must be able to stand behind their convictions—even if they differ from the majority. We must encourage this thoughtful dissent.

  • Land Attack from the Sea
    By Colonel James J. Kuzmick, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired) and Captain Christopher P. McNamara, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the next century, maritime land-attack capabilities will reach hundreds of miles inland, concentrating combat power on target. The precision, volume, and responsiveness of fire support will eliminate present-day distinctions among...

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  • Thou Shalt Not Fly
    By Commander Jeff Huber, USN

    A U.S. fighter pilot patrols the no-fly zone. Suddenly, a bogey pops up on his radarscope. Thirty miles apart, the two aircraft close at more than 20 miles a minute. They are seconds away from each other's standoff weapons' range. Should...

  • Truth in Kosovo: Is It Halftime?
    By J. D. Lynch, Jr.

    The war in Kosovo is over. At least that is what the media and politicians say. If it is indeed over, the public should be told that America can look forward to several decades of providing occupation troops called peacekeepers.

  • Nobody Asked Me But…Take Equal Opportunity Off the FitRep
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Tony Brock, U.S. Navy

    Why is equal opportunity a performance trait on the new Fitness Report (FitRep)? The new 5.0 scale FitRep for grades E-7 to 0-6 is a marked improvement over the old unchecked format of over-inflated scores. It identifies six performance traits...

  • Professional Notes

    Patrol Craft Can Maintain Littoral Sea Control

    By Lieutenant Richard C. Arthur, U.S. Navy

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest


    A. Scott Berg, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998. 562 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $30.00 ($27.00).

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Ned Hogan, U.S. Navy (Retired)

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    By Eric Wertheim

    The USS New York (BB-34) was the fifth U.S. warship to bear that name. Launched on 30 October 1912, the battleship was commissioned on 15 April 1914 with an armament of 1014-inch guns and 21 5-inch mounts.

  • Notebook
  • Comment & Discussion

    "A Tale of Two Cities"

    (See E. Wooldridge, pp. 28-32, July 1999 Proceedings)

    Commander John M. Pollin, U.S. Navy, congressional liaison, assigned to a Washington acquisition command—While I have...

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    By Captain Bruce R. Linder, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A lost manuscript, found literally in a closet sea chest, adds the final missing puzzle piece to the most climatic moments of the World War II Battle of Midway.

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    By Bruce Linder

    Stanhope Cotton Ring was born a Navy junior in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1902. His father, James Andrew Ring, had begun his naval service as a ship's clerk on board the frigate Guerrierre on the South American station in 1867 and rose to...

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  • Austerity Is Not Affordable
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    By Frank Colucci

    With different sensors, systems, and operating concepts, the H-60 series of Seahawk helicopters so important to the U.S. fleet also are serving the navies of Spain, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, and Thailand.

  • Let's Launch a Super COD
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    The fleet has relied on the dependable, capable—and venerable—2 Greyhound for decades to carry passengers, mail, and high-priority cargo throughout the world in support of U.S. Navy carrier battle groups (CVBGs). The C-2 provides the...

  • Save Room for the Reserves
    By Lieutenant Commander Douglas J. Dawson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    It's 0300 on a Saturday morning in 1994 when the alarm goes off. Still half-asleep, Boatswain's Mate Second Class (BM2) Helm jumps out of his bunk, gets dressed, and runs down to the boat dock. What will it be this time, he wonders. A...

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    Submarines have all but disappeared from the Navy's threat list, but the menace remains—only its nature has changed. The diesel-electric subs we will meet in the future are not invisible—they merely call for investments in a...

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    By Lieutenant Commander George S. Capen, U.S. Navy

    China's long-term strategic plans may have less to do with armed confrontation, and more to do with the slow, careful construction of power "by other means." An understanding of the Eastern philosophy of warfare and the mind of...

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    By G. H. Dodenhoff

    In the history of the U.S. Marine Corps, no naval aviator has ever been the Commandant.

    Over the decades since Alfred Austel Cunningham, Marine Aviator Number 1, soloed at the Burgess Plant, Marblehead, Massachusetts, in August 1912, not...

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    Real sailors do not cry. The tough decisions of command during a naval career that spanned more than 30 years...

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