Proceedings Magazine - March 2000 Vol. 126/3/1,165

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  • World Navies in Review
    By A. D. Baker III
  • International Navies Photo Contest Winner

    First Prize: Keesnan Dogger

    Audiovisual Service, Royal Netherlands Navy

    "What's Up?"


  • Stop Mandatory Anthrax Vaccinations
    By An Anonymous Military Officer

    Sidebar: A Case for Anonymity

    . . . the only prudent and ethical course of action is an immediate termination of the mandatory anthrax vaccination policy—or at...

  • Gutless Giant?
    By Jeffrey Record

    Record argues that the Clinton administration's performance during the Kosovo crisis earlier this year confirms a growing post-Cold War suspicion: America's military and political leadership lacks the guts to use force effectively...

  • World Naval Developments: The China Puzzle Continues to Baffle the West
    By Norman Friedman

    Friedman puts the current foreign policy questions regarding China in a historical context. The historical record suggests that China's vision for the future could have disastrous results.

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Gender and the Civil-Military Gap"

    (See S. Lister, pp. 50-53, January 2000; T. O'Connell, T. Romero, p. 16, February 2000 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher J. Lewis, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve...

  • No Room for "Nice to Haves"
    By Rear Admiral Chris Bennett, South African Navy (Retired)

    Prize Winner, International Navies Essay Contest

    Southern Africa's naval planners cannot afford to be carried away by the images of more powerful navies' top-of-the-line warships. The primary focus for all regional...

  • Don't Forget the Med
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    The U.S. Navy has a long history of protecting and promoting security in the Mediterranean with forward-deployed assets. As Mediterranean forces are diverted to other...

  • A Legacy Presence
    By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy

    Since the early days of 19th century, U.S. forces have been deeply involved in Mediterranean naval history.

    The first issue of U.S. concern in the Med was the renewed attacks against American shipping at the beginning of 1800 by the so-...

  • Should We Fear Third World Nuclear Submarines?
    By Commander Leonam dos Santos Guimaraes, Brazilian Navy

    Several Third World countries are contemplating the development of nuclear attack submarines to augment their diesel-electric fleets. Are nuclear submarines a first step toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons—or simply part of a...

  • The Birth of the Ukrainian Navy
    By Vice Admiral Mykhailo B. Yezhel, Ukrainian Navy

    Established around a core of former Soviet vessels the 21st-century Ukrainian Navy is looking westward for new partners and allies.

  • Enlisted Leaders Deserve Training
    By Sergeant Major Robert W. Holub, U.S. Marine Corps

    During my recent visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, with Lieutenant General Carlton Fulford, then-Commanding General of Marine Forces Pacific, a young Indonesian Marine officer saluted the general and announced the class and year he had attended the...

  • Lessons from Liberia
    By Lieutenant Commander Seth Appiah-Mensah, Ghana Navy

    Liberia's long and bloody civil war of the 1990s saw conflict on land and at sea. From dealing with refugees fleeing the fighting (at right), to escorting peacekeeping forces, a coalition of West African navies demonstrated a level of...

  • Breaching the Great Wall
    By Commander David W. Glazier, USN

    To understand where China and its Navy might be headed, it is useful to look at where they have been.

    Most of the world's navies share significant common ground, understanding each other better than ground or air counterparts...

  • The Dragon Looks South
    By Captain Anton Nugroho, Indonesian Armed Forces

    The tiny islands, reefs, and cays of the South China Sea hardly seem worth the attention—China raised protests in the Philippines by building several reinforced structures on Mischief Reef in the Spratlys—but their abundant...

  • Keeping a Fragile Peace
    By Signalman Chief Timothy Scott Baxter, U.S. Naval Reserve

    At odds for years—especially over the divided island of Cyprus, where U.N. soldiers have maintained a peacekeeping mission since 1964—Greece and Turkey are key to stability in the Aegean and beyond.

  • British 'Gators Modernize
    By Lieutenant Commander Neil J. Hall, Royal Navy

    HMS Ocean, with her embarked Sea King and Lynx helicopters and Royal Marines, gives the United Kingdom a modern amphibious warfare capability.

  • Breaking Out of the Death Spiral
    By Colonel Lewis C. Watt, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Lieutenant Colonel Gregory J. Vaughan, U.S. Marine Corps

    To maintain aging aircraft and equipment, naval aviation is mortgaging its future. Pulling into the squadron the multitude of technologies available that could reduce operations and support costs is the only practicable way to break the cycle...

  • An Unmanned Revolution
    By Lieutenant Commander Pete McVety, USN

    The integration of unmanned aircraft into the existing platforms of the battle group could enhance the combat power of manned platforms and bring more capability and flexibility to the warfare commander.

    Technologies now being...

  • Sea Dog Quiz #4
    by John Stewart
  • Command Is Not About You
    By Captain Jeff Fullerton, USN

    It is about developing the Navy's upcoming generation of sailors and junior officers—by fostering their dreams and helping them realize their potential.

    For those of us who have been in the Navy long enough to reach...

  • America's Janissaries
    By Colonel Michael R. Lehnert, U.S. Marine Corps

    Comparing the US armed forces personnel to the war fighting Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire, Lehnert argues that, while the military is better trained than ever, it is also less representative and must make efforts to expand recruitment and...

  • The Case for Anonymity
    By An Anonymous Military Officer

    This is the proper time and the appropriate forum in which to publish concerns about the mandatory anthrax vaccination policy, and it is a terrible shame that they must be expressed under a cloak of anonymity.

  • Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet
    By Scott C. Truver

    It was about time. As the Navy continued to experience difficulties in meeting operational readiness and interdeployment training requirements, Admiral Jay Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations, took a stand: "Our forward-deployed carrier...

  • The Name Game
    By Commander Donald R. Bouchoux, USN

    We have started naming our warships—particularly our most potent ones—after all the wrong things. To the nation at large, the Navy is known by its ships. Our choices, therefore, must be both judicious and appropriate.

  • Book Reviews

    Canada's Navy: The First Century

    Marc Milner. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. 310 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $45.00 ($40.50).

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Ian D. H. Wood, Canadian Navy

  • Naval Systems: Technology vs. Numbers for ASW
    By Edward J. Walsh

    An alliance of Navy, university, and industry laboratories is Laiming at a summer 2001 at-sea test for a reduced-manning, lightweight broad-band variable-depth sonar (LBVDS) for the DD-21 land attack destroyer.

    As scheduled, it will be the...

  • Points of Interest: Pentagon Stirs Pot for Better Retiree Health Care
    By Tom Philpott

    Army General Henry "Hugh" Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes military retirees deserve better medical benefits and that the Clinton administration and Congress should be willing to dip into budget surpluses to pay...

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

    Airborne Early Warning Squadron One (VW-1) was established on 18 June 1952 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where it flew the PB-1W. The PB-1W led the way for the WV-1 and WV-2 (later EC-121K) Warning Star, a modification of the Lockheed Super...

  • Notebook
  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Create More Command Opportunity Earlier
    By Lieutenant T. R. Williams, U.S. Navy

    The surface Navy's effort to improve junior officer (JO) retention by offering monetary incentives such as the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Continuation Pay is a very commendable policy that has been highly successful. But we can do more to...

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