Book Reviews & Books of Interest

November 1999
The Yard: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron WorksMichael S. Sanders. New York: Harper Collins, 1999. 236 pp. Photos. Index. $26.00 ($23.40).Reviewed by Rear Admiral John Morgan, U.S. ...

Comment & Discussion

November 1999
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"(See J. Graham, pp. 39-42, October 1999 Proceedings)Captain Richard S. Reade, Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—The mission of the military is to defend the ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 1999
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. ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
November 1999
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 ...

NATO Navies - MCM: A Route for Specialization?

By Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Royal Navy Director, Royal United Services Institute
November 1999
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 ...

Professional Notes

November 1999
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 ...

Rebalancing the Fleet

By Vice Admiral A. K. Cebrowski, USN, and Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., USN (Ret.)
November 1999
A turning point in naval warfare is upon us.

Orion Hunts Again

By Commander Jeffery G. Freeman, U.S. Naval Reserve
November 1999
The latest update to the P-3C Orion aircraft has given new life to a proven warrior. During the Cold War, P-3C Orion aircrews achieved dominance in undersea warfare (USW) by ...

You Gotta Want to Go to Sea

By Lieutenant John R. H. Callaway, U.S. Navy
November 1999
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 ...

'All Might Not Go As Expected'

By Donald Tyson
November 1999
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 ...

Can the Corps Afford First-Term Marriages?

By Major Pete Long, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 1999
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 ...

Belay Vertical Landing

By Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout, U.S. Marine Corps
November 1999
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 ...

Who's Afraid of the NETF?

By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy
November 1999
Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay ContestThe Naval Expeditionary Task Force would have integrated the carrier battle group directly into amphibious operations, but the concept stumbled over the dilemma ...

Picturing an Uncertain Future

By Captain Matthew G. Rau, U.S. Marine Corps
November 1999
First Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay ContestThe information age promises to revolutionize the military, if it can survive 1 January 2000. Joint Vision 2010, network-centric warfare, sensor-to-shooter, and ...

'Numbers Do Matter'

By Admiral Jay L Johnson, USN
November 1999
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 acceptable levels of risk.But ... ...

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