Proceedings Magazine - February 2000 Vol. 126/2/1,164

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Admiral Elmo R Zumwalt, Jr., was a sailor who went in harm's way—both literally and figurativelyand changed...



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  • Hero and Heretic?
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, USN (Ret.)

    Admiral Elmo R Zumwalt, Jr., was a sailor who went in harm's way—both literally and figurativelyand changed the Navy in the process.

    In 1942,...

  • The Right Man at the Right Time
    By Ronald H. Spector

    Sidebar: Bring It All Back

    Editor's Note: General Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., died on 6 January 2000, of complications after recent surgery. The following is...

  • It's the Opportunity, Stupid
    By Senior Chief Navy Counselor Paul T. Pierce, USN

    Why should we expect sailors to stay in the Navy when we don't give them enough opportunity to advance?

  • What Kind of Transformation Do You Want?
    By H. W. Gehman, Jr.

    Some national security affairs authorities say that the number one issue facing the U.S. military is to transform itself to fight the next war rather than the last one. Participation in the debate through fora like Proceedings is not...

  • Why We Teach Leadership and Ethics at the Naval Academy
    By Captain Mark N. Clemente, U.S. Navy

    Not surprisingly in this era of intense scrutiny of public institutions, the ethics and leadership curriculum at the U.S. Naval Academy has attracted media interest. The majority of the recent coverage has been accurate, but a few editorials have...

  • A Z-Gram Too Far...
    By Colonel John G. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Within a few months of his leaving his assignment as Commander Naval Forces Vietnam in 1970, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt began making his presence felt around NAVFORV Headquarters again. In his new incarnation as Chief of Naval Operations, he began...

  • World Naval Developments: U.S. Army Goes Expeditionary
    By Norman Friedman

    In December, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki said that, given the lessons of numerous post-Cold War deployments, the Army would be transformed into a rapid-deployment force capable of placing a brigade anywhere in the world within...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Gender and the Civil-Military Gap"

    (See S. Lister, pp. 50-53, January 2000 Proceedings)

    T. O'Connell, U.S. Army—Your publication provides an essential service to its readers, and as a career...

  • Bring It All Back
    By Colonel John G. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The late General Chapman never tired of telling about his 1970 conversation with Brigadier General James R. Jones (no kin of the incumbent Commandant of the Marine Corps), while plans were being made to bring the Marines back from South Vietnam...

  • Chiefs Still Are the Linchpins
    By Master Chief Machinist's Mate James P. Russell, U.S. Navy

    The Navy's chiefs need to reestablish their role as the communications conduit between enlisted and officers—and stop the exodus of our sailors.

  • Pay Is a Problem: It Shouldn't Be
    By Master Sergeant Michael M. Green, U.S. Air Force

    Concern over money may not be the only problem affecting the military, but paying enlisted servicemembers fair wages will go a long way toward fixing retention and recruiting woes.

  • Readiness Is More Than Numbers
    By Admiral James M. Loy, U.S. Coast Guard

    A detailed look at a single operational community—the C-130 fleet—provides insight into the way parts shortages, personnel issues, aging assets, and high operational tempo compound the Coast Guard’s readiness problems....

  • 22 Questions for Streetfighter
    By Captain Wayne P. Hughes, USN (Ret.)

    Many design features have yet to be worked out, but modeled on the small coastal combatants of foreign navies-here, the Israeli Sa'ar 5-class corvette Eilat-Streetfighter will give the U.S. Navy new capabilities for the inshore battlespace....

  • Interview: U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff
    By Brendan Greeley

    Proceedings' Brendan Greeley interviewed General John M. Keane, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff, on 6 December 1999.

    Proceedings: You've said a lot about jointness. Where does that come from?

  • It's More Than E-Mail
    By Admiral Archie Clemins, USN (Ret.)

    Information technology is providing big returns for Navy battle groups, including improved situational awareness across theaters, less maintenance downtime, and the ability to conduct training and debriefings without flying personnel between...

  • Beyond the Rose-Colored Glasses
    By Lieutenant Commander Douglas A. Jenik, USN

    Can network-centric warfare deliver on all the promises its proponents have made? If it is to have a chance, the Navy must move past easy assumptions and focus on the details—from bandwidth to network reliability to security—that...

  • The Tyranny of Moore's Law
    By Ensign James A. Calpin, USNR

    Cutting-edge weapons such as the Army’s RAH-66 Comanche take decades to develop and produce, and may be obsolete by the time they arrive on the battlefield. Is our Byzantine procurement system permitting our enemies to get ahead of us...

  • Staying on Top
    By Vice Admiral George P. Steele, USN (Ret.)

    In the post-Cold War world, the United States must be diligent to ensure its military does not miss opportunities for improvement or focus on a single enemy. Continuous change must be institutionalized—as it is in today’s cutting-...

  • Breaking the Command Barrier
    By Commander John S. Andrews, USN

    Assignment to a support squadron should not squash a naval aviator's chance to make flag rank, but the data say that is exactly what is happening.

  • Arms Control Needs Overhaul
    By Leon Sloss and Benson D. Adams

    The Cold War has been over for ten years, but our arms-control regime still is stuck in the days of U.S.-Soviet confrontation. A new approach is needed, with the focus on reassurance rather than reduction.

  • The Skipper
    By Lieutenant Commander James W. Vernon, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    During a World War II strike on targets near Kure, Japan, an F6F Hellcat pilot watches as his skipper goes down.

    Several ominous puffs of dark debris had appeared around the tail section of the skipper's plane. I glanced away...

  • Jackie Fisher's Revenge
    By Thomas C. Hone

    At the turn of the 20th century, Admiral John Fisher launched a revolution in military affairs—introducing battle cruisers like HMS Lion—that could have turned navies on their ear. But it had a central familiar flaw: no...

  • Exploiting the Net to Fight the Drug War
    By Dr. Robert J. Bunker

    President Richard Nixon announced the start of the drug war in the summer of 1969. About the same time, politically based terrorism emerged to challenge Western perceptions of warfare, "Vietnamization" was being implemented to disengage...

  • The New Enlisted Distribution Management System?
    By Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, U.S. Navy, Commander David Ruedi, U.S. Navy, and Tony Cunningham

    It's 0500 on 15 May 2008 when the alarm clock goes Off and Yeoman First Class Mark Smith, on board a destroyer engaged in non-combatant evacuations off Fruitopia, wakes up. His first thought: "I wonder if my agent has found a job for me...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Are Chief Warrant Officers Oxymorons?
    By Chief Warrant Officer (W-3) Todd C. Knop, U.S. Navy

    If you only knew, would you still apply for the chief warrant officer program? If I had to do it all over again—yes, I would. My 16 years' service prior to commissioning, however, did not lead me to believe that chief warrant officers...

  • Book Reviews

    Return to Midway

    Robert D. Ballard and Rick Archbold. Washington, DC: National Geographic Magazine Press, 1999. 197 pp. Photos. Maps. Index. $40.00 ($36.00).

    Reviewed by Donald M. Goldstein

  • The U.S. Navy: Changing Edward Teller's Mind
    By Norman Polmar

    Physicist Edward Teller is one of the most brilliant men of our times. He participated in the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb, is credited with being the father of the hydrogen bomb, and was director of the esteemed Lawrence...

  • Oceans: Update: Sea Launch Gets First Bird into Space
    By Don Walsh

    Commercial launches of satellites have become big business. Companies in the United States, France, Russia, and China are competing hard to meet a market demand estimated to be S50 billion over the next few years. Sea Launch, using its Russian-...

  • Points of Interest: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Harass
    By Tom Philpott

    Defense Secretary William Cohen, a former Republican senator serving a Democratic administration, said he is determined to make "don't ask, don't tell" work by adding a third requirement—"don't harass."...

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

    The 14,335-ton (submerged displacement) Le Temeaire, second of a planned quartet of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines for the French Navy, was commissioned on 23 December 1999 to replace the 19-year-old Le Tonnant,...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The USS Sea Cat (SS-399) was a Balao-class submarine built by the Portsmouth Navy Yard and commissioned on 16 May 1944. Following a shakedown cruise, the Sea Cat traveled to the Souther China Sea to begin operation in a...

  • Notebook
  • Navy Cryptology Is Broken
    By Michael S. Loescher

    Over the past ten years the Naval Security Group Command (NavSecGruCom)—responsible for the Navy's cryptology—has become a costly burden to the Navy. Loescher examines the present state of the Command.

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