Transition: Time to Help the Recruiter

By Matthew P. Caulfield
July 1999
Rear Admiral Barbara McGann's comments on recruiting in April's Proceedings are on the mark in her assessment of the problem, her pride in Navy recruiters, and in her recognition that ...

Comment and Discussion

July 1999
"Within Striking Distance & Ready to Act"(See C. Krulak, pp. 50-52, May 1999 Proceedings)Major Michael T. Pierson, U.S. Marine Corps—Commandant Krulak correctly extols the virtues of the ...

"... put me through to the Commander-in-Chief"

By Commander Glenn Tierney, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 1999
When Admiral Harry Felt, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, asked Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to "put me through to the Commander-in-Chief" to authorize a rescue, he chose his words carefully. He "asked"—but ...

We're in the Enemy's Backyard

By Rear Admiral Rodney P. Rempt, U.S. Navy
July 1999
Against antiship cruise missiles, terrorist actions, and the proliferation of arms of all kinds, U.S. forces overseas, especially those ashore or in the near-land littoral, are vulnerable—as the attacks on ...

Foreign Cooperation Is Essential for Force Protection

By Captain George K. Hamilton, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 1999
The 30th anniversary of the NATO Sea Sparrow Project was celebrated at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in October 1998. Highlighting the international cooperation behind NATO's largest and most successful weapon ...

Making the Case for SSGNs

By Rear Admiral William P. Houley, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 1999
Beginning in 2002, the first four Ohio (SSBN-726)-class submarines are scheduled to be decommissioned. Rather than scrapping them, we could turn these large vessels into formidable Special Operations Forces/ offensive ...

The Power of e-Sailors

By Vice Admiral James R. Fitzgerald, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 1999
We have some new recruits—and they don't get seasick, don't need to eat or sleep, and never go on liberty. They capture events, monitor thresholds, notice anomalous occurrences, meticulously patrol ...

The Ups and Downs of Electric Boat

By Commander John D. Alden, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 1999
The Electric Boat Company was incorporated officially in 1899, but its technological and corporate roots go much deeper. John P. Holland, who had attained considerable public recognition for his earlier ...

Hell-Roaring Mike's a Hero

By Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard
July 1999
Hard-drinking and authoritarian, Captain Michael Healy had no friends in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, but his accomplishments as a law-enforcement officer, sailor, and humanitarian are rightly recognized in the ...

The Growing Threat of Modern Piracy

By Thomas B. Hunter
July 1999
Many years have passed since John Paul Jones attacked merchant shipping along the English coast and Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. Yet, although letters of marque and the Jolly Roger have ...

Seagoing Soldier

By George A. Hill
July 1999
Home from Vietnam, feeling confused and out of place, a young Marine connects with a merchant seaman and learns the meaning of "seagoing soldier."

Professional Notes

July 1999
The Enduring Curse of the Gentlemen CaptainsBy Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast GuardFederal attorneys within the Department of Commerce's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have upset and confused ...

Biological Warfare: The Threat of the Millennium

By Ensign Kerry Ann George, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 1999
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestBiological warfare is not purely a 21st-century concern. Evidence dating back to 1918 reveals the use of biological agents in World ...

Is the Navy Heading for a Crash?

By Ensign Michael Keehn, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 1999
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestThe growing use of commercial products in the Navy, with the inception of the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) program, has generated a need ...

The Battle for Hué City

By Second Lieutenant Andrew J. Lawler, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
July 1999
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestIn 1968 the North Vietnamese Communists launched their largest operation of the Vietnam War—the Tet Offensive, which included a battle unlike ...

What Are Your NCOs Talking About?

By Captain Roberta L. Shea, U.S. Marine Corps
July 1999
Getting to know your NCOs' concerns—and helping them to talk to each other—are reasons enough to make the time every week to communicate with them.

Book Reviews

July 1999
The Emperor's GeneralJames Webb. New York: Broadway Books, 1999. 401 pp. $25.00 ($22.50).Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Gary D. Solis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) Former Secretary of the Navy James ...

NATO Navies: No Frigate on the Horizon

By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy, Director, Royal United Services Institute
July 1999
In the margins of NATO's 50th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C., in late April, the lights went out on Project Horizon, the British-French-Italian Common New Generation Frigate. The project died ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
July 1999
Chinese Spied for DecadesLate in May the Clinton administration agreed to release a congressional report on Chinese espionage in the United States—and on its own failure to investigate some major ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
July 1999
The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Type 209/1200 submarine Chong Un is seen here on a marine railway at South Korea's giant Daewoo Shipyard at Okpo in March 1999, a ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 1999
Attack Squadron 76 (VA-76) was established on 1 June 1955 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The Spirits were initially equipped with the F2H-2 Banshee and later the F9F-8 Cougar ...

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