Proceedings Magazine - November 1999 Volume 125/11/1,161

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The Navy of the 21st century will have to operate close to hostile shores—where large, expensive Aegis combatants may not be the best choice. Enter the small, stealthy,...



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  • A Combatant for the Littorals
    By Lieutenant Commander Dave Weeks, USNR

    The Navy of the 21st century will have to operate close to hostile shores—where large, expensive Aegis combatants may not be the best choice. Enter the small, stealthy, semisubmersible Guerrilla Warfare Ship.

  • Rebalancing the Fleet
    By Vice Admiral A. K. Cebrowski, USN, and Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., USN (Ret.)
  • How Will We Escort the MV-22?
    By Captain Phillip Tucker, USMC

    The MV-22 requires an attached escort platform capable of immediate close air support that can match its speed and range in all flight regimes—in other words, another V-22.

  • The Navy Is the Best Thing that Has Happened to Vieques . . .
    By Captain John E. O'Neil, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Sidebar: . . . and it's Not Time to Give it Back

    "Bridge, combat—we have an urgent fire mission for illumination and high explosive."

    "Bridge aye, are...

  • 'Numbers Do Matter'
    By Admiral Jay L Johnson, USN

    Since the last Quadrennial Defense Review, I've said—and believed—that a force of 305 ships—fully manned, properly trained, and adequately resourced—would be sufficient for today's requirements—within...

  • Picturing an Uncertain Future
    By Captain Matthew G. Rau, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    The information age promises to revolutionize the military, if it can survive 1 January 2000. Joint Vision 2010, network-centric warfare, sensor-to-shooter, and...

  • Who's Afraid of the NETF?
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    The Naval Expeditionary Task Force would have integrated the carrier battle group directly into amphibious operations, but the concept stumbled over the dilemma of who would...

  • Marine Corps Snaps
  • Belay Vertical Landing
    By Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout, U.S. Marine Corps

    The U.S. Marine Corps should abandon its vertical flight requirement for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), buy a short takeoff version of the JSF that Lockheed Martin and Boeing are competing to build (Lockheed Martin's carrier variant...

  • Can the Corps Afford First-Term Marriages?
    By Major Pete Long, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    It's a politically unattractive issue, but first-term enlisted Marines with families cost the Corps more money—money that could be put toward equipment or facilities—than their single counterparts. Cash incentives to encourage...

  • 'All Might Not Go As Expected'
    By Donald Tyson

    The first wave of Marines—of which the author was part—thought nothing could have survived the bombing and strafing and shelling from 16-inch naval guns prior to the World War II amphibious landing on Betio, Tarawa Atoll. But the...

  • You Gotta Want to Go to Sea
    By Lieutenant John R. H. Callaway, U.S. Navy

    If the Navy wants to stem the outflow of surface warfare junior officers, it should start by recruiting natural leaders and those who like to go to sea and follow up with more time to drive ships and more junior commands.

  • Orion Hunts Again
    By Commander Jeffery G. Freeman, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The latest update to the P-3C Orion aircraft has given new life to a proven warrior.

  • Professional Notes

    The Navy Is the Best Thing that Has Happened to Vieques . . .

    By Captain John E. O'Neil Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    "Bridge, Combat—we have an urgent fire mission for illumination and high explosive...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    The Yard: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron Works

    Michael S. Sanders. New York: Harper Collins, 1999. 236 pp. Photos. Index. $26.00 ($23.40).

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral John Morgan, U.S. Navy

    There is a lot packed...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Restore the Sanctity of Our Awards
    By Lieutenant Commander Dan F. Shanower, U.S. Navy

    Navy recruiters are now guaranteed a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for every three recruits they bring into the service. The U.S. Naval Academy even received the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for academic excellence. We have medals...

  • NATO Navies - MCM: A Route for Specialization?
    By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy Director, Royal United Services Institute

    NATO has lots of mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), and most of them are in the European navies. This is not surprising, since the concept of North American forces coming across the Atlantic to buttress the security of Europe still lies within...

  • Naval Systems: Navy, Marines Link Fire Support
    By Ed Walsh

    The Navy expects to take delivery next month of a Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems' study of approaches to developing a single system that integrates Navy sea-based and Marine Corps shore-based fires planning capabilities.

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    The first of two Russian-built Project 956A, Sovremennyy-class guided missile destroyers for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)—shown here in a composite photo—conducted trials in the eastern Baltic in mid-...

  • Points of Interest: It's More Than Just the Money
    By Tom Philpott

    The 2000 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress in September will mean bigger military pay raises, better retirement benefits, and even authority to begin a tax deferred military savings plan. But will it be enough to improve some...

  • World Naval Developments: Guns Firing Missiles?
    By Norman Friedman

    At the September 1999 British defense show at Chertsey, Marconi displayed a model of a possible Royal Navy Future Surface Combatant. This ship is to replace the Type 22 antisubmarine warfare frigate, but it is likely to be a very different type...

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

    Marine Bombing Squadron 612 (VMB-612) was activated on 1 October 1943 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, to fly the PBJ, a Marine Corps version of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. VMB-612's PBJ1Ds were armed with launchers for 5-inch rockets for...

  • Notebook
  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Is the Navy Sending the Right Message?
    By Lieutenant Christian Bonat, U.S. Navy

    While leafing through a weekly national sports magazine, I came across some recruiting ads that caught my eye—one for the Marine Corps and one for the Navy. Our advertising not only speaks to potential recruits but also communicates to the...

  • Comment & Discussion

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    (See J. Graham, pp. 39-42, October 1999 Proceedings)

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