Proceedings Magazine - October 1999 Volume 125/10/1,160

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 1. Submitted for your review is this summary report of the origins of the all-electric Navy study.

 2. In general, neither technical nor engineering aspects created the greatest...



  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell…
    By Janice M. Graham

    And don't expect it to hold up in court. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused for the fifth time to consider a legal challenge to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, to determine whether it...

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  • Origins of the All-Electric Navy
    By Scott C. Truver

     1. Submitted for your review is this summary report of the origins of the all-electric Navy study.

     2. In general, neither technical nor engineering aspects created the greatest challenges in the transition to the all-electric...

  • Breaking Naval Aviation's Glass Ceiling
    By Commander Dailey

    Tactical carrier aviators from the support communities (EA-6B, E-2C, S-3B, H-60) do not select for major operational command and subsequently flag officer at the same rate as their F/A-18 and F-14 counterparts. That’s a fact.

  • Command and Control: The Navy Way Over Kosovo
    By Commander Wayne D. Sharer, USN

    The guidance we received prior to getting under way was critical to proper execution. What some might now characterize as flaws looked all right to us at the time. Of course, at the time, we thought we were headed for the Persian Gulf.

  • Coast Guard Helos: A Call to Arms
    By Commander Mike Emerson, USCG

    Winner, Coast Guard Essay Contest

    The Commandant of the Coast Guard is considering a change in policy to permit the use of force from aircraft to stop drug smugglers. Armed with innovative new vessel-stopping technologies and traditional...

  • The Sinking of the Indy & Responsibility of Command
    By Commander William J. Toti, USN

    The 1945 sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) by the Imperial Japanese submarine 1-58 has been called the last, great naval tragedy of World War II. It is the stuff of legend: after delivering the atomic bombs to Tinian, the...

  • Round-the-Clock, On-Demand Ordnance
    By Captain John W. Mullarky and Lieutenant Commander David A. Schnell, U.S. Navy

    Just-in-time ordnance delivery can extend a carrier battle group's ability to conduct strike sorties. Using vertical replenishment methods, helicopters transfer ordnance from a nearby combat support ship to the carrier, where it is...

  • The 1700 Community Is Worth It
    By Lieutenant Kecia A. Dilday, USN

    The Navy's fleet support officer community faces a stormy and uncertain future while a panel of senior community officers decides whether or not to send its members elsewhere. This study, scheduled to take six months, may merely be...

  • Sailors' Time Isn't Free
    By Rear Admiral John M. Luecke, U.S. Navy and Rear Admiral Kenneth L. Fisher, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Three decades of highly prescriptive programs and the inevitable inspections that result have placed an overwhelming burden on the sailors who must implement them. A new initiative from the Chief of Naval Operations to reduce workload by 25%...

  • Invade Brazil?!
    By Michael Gannon

    On 22 February 1942, two-and-a-half months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States invaded and occupied Northeast Brazil. After 12 days of steaming from Hampton Roads, Virginia, U.S. Navy gunfire support ships—...

  • Professional Notes

    Teaching Military Ethics Within a "Moral Operating System"

    By Lieutenant Commander John P. Patch, U.S. Navy

    We arranged the classroom desks in a circle to avoid any semblance of a traditional old-school...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution

    Nicholas Lambert. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. 410 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95 ($37.95).

    Reviewed by Jon T. Sumida

  • Special Tailhook '99 Report: "They Looked OK When They Went by Me"
    By Captain Richard Linnekin U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In another time, another place, before the word "Tailhook" became part of the American vocabulary, I attended a professional gathering that became known throughout the land as the Tailhook Convention of 1991. I was dismayed at the way...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... It's Time to Return Vieques
    By Lieutenant Commander Rafael E. Matos, U.S. Navy

    As an active-duty Navy officer and a full-blooded native Puerto Rican, I identify deeply with the situation on our beloved island of Vieques. During my 14 years of naval service, I have visited Vieques on several occasions for naval fire support...

  • The U.S. Navy: On the Prowl(er)
    By Norman Polmar

    The most important Navy-Marine Corps contribution to the air war over Yugoslavia—Operation Allied Force—probably was the EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft. Navy and Marine Prowlers provided protection for allied strike and...

  • Pennant Race
    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard

    I was not quick-witted as an ensign—and maybe never became so—but at least one time I did manage to close up my thought processes to a high state of readiness.

  • NATO Navies - Kosovo: What the Navies Did
    By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy, Director, Royal United Services Institute

    The campaign over Kosovo between March and June of this year was all about the projection of power through and from the air. But it was not all about air forces—a substantial amount of that power projection came from the sea. The major...

  • Oceans: New Code of Ethics Strikes Balance Between Archaeology and Salvage
    By Don Walsh

    Today, undersea technology permits the location and recovery of almost anything lost on the seafloor—if cost is no object, that is. Sometimes, cost is not a major constraint in high- priority search-and-recovery operations, such as the...

  • Points of Interest: A Tough Choice: Redux or High-3?
    By Tom Philpott

    The most difficult decision for service members used to be whether to stay in the military until retirement. Soon, however, a more difficult choice could be the selection between retirement plans.

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    In a rare instance of an older warship losing a guided missile launch capability, the Cameroon Navy's 308-ton, 26-knot Bakassi had facilities to launch up to eight MM 40 Exocet antiship missiles deleted during a major refit completed...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    China, Spies, and Other Dragons

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Launched on 26 August 1937, the Brooklyn-class light cruiser USS Honolulu (CL-48) was the second U.S. warship to bear that name. The Honolulu was moored at Pearl Harbor Naval Station when the Japanese attacked on 7...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Sell It - Don't Give It Away
    By Senior Chief Radioman David G. Deane, U.S. Navy

    Three of the armed services (the Army, Navy, and Air Force) are projected to fall well short of their enlistment goals this year, and none will retain the numbers required to support their missions. The experienced sailors and soldiers who know...

  • Notebook
  • Comment & Discussion

    "Gotta Get the Go-Fast"

    (See R. Watts, pp. 84-87, September 1999 Proceedings)

    Charles M. Fuss, Jr., author of Sea of Grass (Naval Institute Press, 1996)—Lieutenant Commander Watts notes that...

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