Proceedings Magazine - September 1999 Volume 125/9/1,159

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Sidebar: The Mission Must Be Worth The Risk

After three months, the war between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and...



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  • Dark Victory
    By Dr. Michael Evans

    Sidebar: The Mission Must Be Worth The Risk

    After three months, the war between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Yugoslavia over Kosovo ended in a victory for the West....

  • Gotta Get the Go-Fasts
    By Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Watts, U.S. Coast Guar

    With sophisticated technology and small, oceangoing speedboats, smugglers have changed the drug war to a tactical-level struggle. The next step for law enforcement must be to create a permanent joint tactical organization that...

  • F-22 Lessons Can Save the Carrier—and the Land-Attack Destroyer
    By J. P. Stevenson

    A certain smugness is apparent within naval aviation where planners are watching their F/A-18E/F catch an appropriations three wire while the U.S. Air Force's F-22 hangs on by its nose wheel. But the F-22's recent near mid-air with...

  • Learning the Lesson We Want to Learn?
    By Franklin C. Spinney

    The lessons learned in Kosovo will take a long time to digest, but one already is becoming clear: the miscalculations at the war's beginning prove that the unholy marriage between coercive diplomacy and limited precision bombardment is a...

  • The Mission Must Be Worth The Risk
    By Dr. Scot Macdonald

    Since the Vietnam War, the "casualty law" has dominated discussions of the use of U.S. military forces in regional contingencies from Central America in the 1980s to Kosovo. The law states that as soon as U.S. casualties begin to mount...

  • 21 Minutes to Belgrade
    By Lieutenant Colonel Phillip C. Tissue, U.S. Marine Corps

    U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18Ds armed with laser-guided bombs and Sidewinders proved a deadly combination during Operation Allied Force. The two-seat crew concept was one of the keys to flexibility as the squadrons adapted to various missions....

  • Where Is the Peace Dividend Now?
    By Admiral Archie Clemins, USN

    We don't have enough ships, aircraft, submarines, sailors, and Marines to go around. We have to prioritize missions to allocate support, meaning that some missions are falling through the cracks.

  • Asian Crisis Spurs Navy TBMD
    By Captain Gary W. Schnurrpusch, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When the Bunker Hill moved into the Strait of Taiwan to patrol and to detect and track any Chinese ballistic missile tests she not only signaled U.S. resolve but also provided vital information to the Navy's theater ballistic missile...

  • These Ensigns Today
    By Lieutenant Fred W. Kacher, U.S. Navy

    When I attended Department Head School two years ago, conversation often centered on the new officers who recently had emerged from our various commissioning sources. As an aide and public policy student at a civilian university, I had missed...

  • One JO Can Make a Difference
    By Lieutenant Stephen F. Shedd, USN

    My reason for staying in the Navy is simple. I love leading sailors—not businessmen, factory workers, or other professionals, just sailors. They deserve good leadership and people who are dedicated to solving our Navy's complex issues...

  • Nothing Is Ensignproof
    By Lieutenant Commander James W. Vernon, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Landing on an aircraft carrier during the day was hazardous enough. The prospect of landing at night contained no element of romance for me. My infatuation with aviation suffered a temporary cooling when, on Maui in February 1945, our carrier air...

  • The Business behind War Fighting
    By The Honorable Jerry MacArthur Hultin

    U.S. combat forces are becoming more flexible, agile, and network-centric, but the Department of the Navy's business practices still are fighting the Cold War. Big changes are needed.

    The Department of the Navy needs a...

  • Radars Can Detect the Periscope
    By Pete Stevens

    The Navy's existing surface search radars cannot deal with the incredibly small radar horizons for diesel-electric submarines and small combatants operating in the littorals. But fleet testing supports development of surface management...

  • How Can We Save Ships with Small Crews?
    By Lieutenant Commander David R. Klain, U.S. Navy

    Reductions in manning are possible without compromising damage control, but it will require fundamental changes—such as replacing this typically tiny escape scuttle with access shafts that can accommodate firefighters in full gear....

  • The Generals Need to Say No
    By Major J. A. Craft, U.S. Marine Corps

    Honor, courage, commitment, and selflessness—these are the values that have made the Corps great. They are the bedrock and very heart of our character, and we in the Marine Corps love to talk about them. We memorize leadership traits and...

  • Scout from the Sea
    By Commander Harry E. Wedewer, USN

    With the surveillance system upgrade, the S-3B Viking will allow the real-time targeting of all the weapons that carrier battle groups and amphibious ready groups bring to the fight.

  • A Revolting Development
    By Lieutenant Commander Andrew L. Lewis, USN

    October 1949 congressional testimony, specifically from senior Navy officials, sent a shock wave across the entire country. The proposed carrier United States had been cancelled on 23 April, the B-36 bomber was cast as the primary...

  • Keeping the Peace Jointly
    By Master Sergeant Michael M. Green, USAF

    First Honorable Mention, Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

    Peacekeeping operations have increased dramatically as has the pressure they place on combat readiness. A joint peacekeeping directorate and dedicated...

  • A Ship for All Reason
    By Commander Sam Tangredi, USN

    Second Honorable Mention, Colin L. Powell Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

    A joint littoral supremacy ship—with a well deck, flight deck, and vertical launch tubes—that brings together the gators and the cruiser-...

  • The Lost Virtue of Leadership
    By Captain Daniel R. Wagner, USMC

    Humility is an act of sacrifice for an ideal—a cause greater than oneself. Our Marines deserve leaders who embody this characteristic.

  • Professional Notes

    Pearl Pilot: The Future of Navy Ship Maintenance

    By Captain Jeffrey D. Conners, U.S. Navy

    Declining defense budgets, the end of the Cold War, and changes in the size and shape of our Navy are reality. In an effort...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea, 1950

    Martin Russ. New York: Fromm International, 1999. 542 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $27.50 ($24.75).

    Reviewed by Colonel Allan R. Millett, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired...

  • Boost Sea Pay for Enlisted Sailors
    By Captain Carlton W. Meyer, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Sailors assigned to ships work twice as many hours as most servicemen. Navy ships make routine six-month deployments. Even during their time at home, sailors must operate mess halls, provide 24-hour security, keep everything "ship shape,...

  • Join the Team
    By Rear Admiral Jack Natter, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For the past two years, all new officers—regardless of source—have received reserve commissions. Some of our enlisted men and women—regardless of personal desires—join the Navy as reservists. In walking along any...

  • Points of Interest: The Anthrax Controversy
    By Tom Philpott

    Since the military's mandatory anthrax inoculation program began last year, more than 300,000 service members have begun a series of shots to protect against the deadly virus.

    About 240 members have declined the shots, most out of fear...

  • Naval Systems: Sea Services Move on Intranet
    By Ed Walsh

    The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command expects to receive comments from industry this fall on a much-awaited draft request for proposals, released this month, marking the start of a campaign to develop a Navy-Marine Corps intranet (N/MCI)....

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Royal Navy’s 20,710-ton Invincible-class vertical/short takeoff and landing (VSTOL) aircraft carrier Illustrious was alerted between July 1998 and March 1999 to gain an 8% increase in flight deck parking area to...

  • World Naval Developments: Sub Problems Down Under Continue
    By Norman Friedman

    Late in June, the Australian Defence Ministry released a report on the status of the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarines, the largest current Australian defense procurement project. It was damning.

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

    Heavy Photographic Squadron 61 (VAP-61) began as Patrol Squadron 61 (VP-61), flying PB4Y-1P Liberator aircraft out of Miramar, California, on 20 January 1951. VP-61 was assigned the mission of worldwide aerial photographic reconnaissance and...

  • Notebook
  • Comment & Discussion

    "Parting with the Prowler"

    (See L. Bonzo, pp. 36-38, August 1999 Proceedings)

    Brian F. Hussey, Sr.—The Prowler has proven to be an exceptionally good asset, even beyond Marine usage, but on a very...

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