Proceedings Magazine - December 1999 Volume 125/12/1,162

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On 3 June 1999, when Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig raised the prospect of women in submarines at the Naval Submarine League Symposium, I was in the audience. A silent, unbelieving gasp...



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  • Women Should Not Serve in Submarines
    By Richard Boyle

    On 3 June 1999, when Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig raised the prospect of women in submarines at the Naval Submarine League Symposium, I was in the audience. A silent, unbelieving gasp seemed to hang on the announcement. Subsequent fallout...

  • Too Late for Pearl Harbor
    By Stephen Budiansky

    Few genuine mysteries remain from what is probably the most exhaustively probed event in U.S. history—the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One that especially has nagged historians...

  • Coast Guard Is a Partner in Caribbean Security
    By Eric Miller

    Facing many of the same missions as its Caribbean counterparts, the U.S. Coast Guard—here, training with the Grenada Coast Guardis this nation's best tool for...

  • Why Not Plug-and-Play Naval Units?
    By J. H. Patton, Jr.

    All-star baseball games are marvelous—the best players from both major both leagues provide fans with a contest characterized by extraordinary professional excellence. All-star football games, on the other hand, can turn into disasters when...

  • Interview: Australian Operations in East Timor

    Proceedings' Fred Rainbow and Brendan Greeley interviewed Vice Admiral D. J. Shackleton, Australia's new Chief of Navy, while he was visiting Washington, D. C., on 4 November 1999. This excerpt on the Australian role in East Timor...

  • The IT-21 Advantage
    By Rear Admiral J. Cutler Dawson Jr., Commander James M. Fordice and Lieutenant Commander Gregory M. Harris, U.S. Navy

    On 6 November 1998, a naval warfare firs occurred, when the Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group sailed from Norfolk, Mayport, Earle, and New London for the initial Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT-21) deployment. This was the...

  • The Mirror Is Cracked, Not Broken
    By Commander Erik J. Dahl, USN

    Both sides are talking about a civil-military crisis, but the armed forces never have been a mirror of society. Nor should they be.

    In recent years, conventional wisdom has suggested that the post-Cold War U.S. military has...

  • No Silver Bullet in Missile Defense
    By Commander L. P. James, III, USN

    A new dimension in ballistic missile defense came closer to reality when the Theater High Altitude Air Defense System (THAAD) achieved its first successful test in June 1999. Even with THAAD and other systems, however, hunting down missile...

  • Does Mentoring Foster Success?
    By W. Brad Johnson, Jennifer M. Huwe, and Anne M. Fallow; Lieutenant Commander Rakesh Lall and Captain Elizabeth K. Holmes, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy; and William Hall

    A recent survey of retired flag officers points to the value of informal mentoring in career development.

  • Life-Saving Service Left in the Cold
    By Captain D. A. Goward, U.S. Coast Guard

    Although they are at the heart of the service's public identity, the Coast Guard's small boat stations and groups have taken a backseat to its deepwater cutters. Essentially an enlisted operation, these life-savers have been...

  • Whither the Lifesavers?
    By Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The image most civilians have of the U.S. Coast Guard is of a small white boat setting out from its station into a gale to rescue someone in distress. The more than 11 million registered boaters in this country probably would be shocked to learn...

  • The Lost Picture
    By Captain Vincent J. Colan, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    In spring 1939, the USS San Francisco (CA-38) was anchored at Long Beach, California. The San Francisco was the flagship of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander Cruiser Division 7. 1 had just purchased a Kodak...

  • It's Time for Patrol Boat Squadrons
    By Lieutenant Commander James A. Tabor, U.S. Coast Guard

    Patrol boat squadrons are the best solution to the problems created by the current fragmented command structure.

    The Coast Guard's 110-foot Island-class patrol boats (WPBs) consistently have demonstrated their value in...

  • Not My Port in a Storm
    By Christopher A. Cook

    The U.S. Coast Guard allowed the Cyprus-flagged Hollandic Confidence to enter San Francisco Bay only after determining that the ship, damaged during a storm, posed no danger to the port.

  • Haul Down the Subs!
    By E. D. McGee and Peter J. Hanway

    The International Submarine Races—now ten years old—are breaking new ground in submarine design and building materials.

  • Professional Notes

    Operation Shining Hope Owes Somalia

    By Commander Donald Hornbeck, U.S. Navy

    In less than two months, approximately one-and-a-half million Kosovars were forced to abandon their homes. More than 700,000 people were...

  • Book Reviews & Books of Interest

    Faith of My Fathers

    John McCain with Mark Salter. New York: Random House, 1999. 349 pp. Photos. Index. $25.00 ($22.50).

    Reviewed by Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    This is not an orthodox political...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Our Transfer Policy Works Against Us
    By Lieutenant Chris Button, USCG

    It is time the Coast Guard abandoned its present personnel assignment policy. The routine and arbitrary transfer of personnel every two-to-four years, while perhaps of some utility to the Department of Defense, is counterproductive to the Coast...

  • The U.S. Navy: Realistic ASW Training
    By Norman Polmar

    A small, determined group of naval officers—both active and reserve—is proposing that the U.S. Navy acquire a small number of nonnuclear submarines. Some of the proponents, mostly submarine junior officers, have written articles on...

  • Points of Interest: Reliance on Reserves Deepens
    By Tom Philpott

    The crew of a Navy C-130 aircraft on any real-world mission today is likely to be "mixed" in a way the services had not envisioned a decade ago, says Charles L. Cragin, principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs...

  • Oceans: Diving to the Edge of Creation
    By Don Walsh

    Last October, I dove nearly 8,000 feet to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean in the Russian research submersible Mir 1. The site was the Rainbow Vents on the mid-ocean ridge near the Azores. This area of hydrothermal vents is part of the 40...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The guided-missile patrol craft Saettia was completed in December 1985 as a private-venture sales demonstrator by Italy's Fincantieri but never found a buyer. Laid up during the early 1990s, the 170-foot, 40-knot craft originally had...

  • World Naval Developments: Debating the Test Ban Treaty
    By Norman Friedman

    In October the U.S. Senate voted down the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty—not a bad way to end a century marked by many futile attempts to ensure security by treaty. The vote may ultimately signal a more realistic U.S. approach to foreign...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Named for Anthony Smalley, a U.S. Navy hero of the Civil War, the USS Smalley (DD-565) was one of more than 100 Fletcher (DD-992)-class destroyers built during World War 11. Commissioned on 31 March 1944, one of her first...

  • Notebook
  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Navy Is the Best Thing That Has Happened to Vieques..."

    (See J. O'Neil, pp. 62-66, November 1999 Proceedings)

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