Proceedings Magazine - May 2000 Vol. 126/5/1,167

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First Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

The classic theories of war don't work like they used to. Nine years after "winning" the Gulf War, U.S. war...



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  • On War—It's Not Just a Military Affair Anymore
    By Commander Charles W. Laingen, U.S. Navy

    First Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    The classic theories of war don't work like they used to. Nine years after "winning" the Gulf War, U.S. war planes still are patrolling the skies over Iraq,...

  • It's More than a Trade
    By Lieutenant Thomas R. Williams II, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    To man its complex and sophisticated weapon systems, the Navy needs officers with a high level of technical expertise. But if it wants to keep those officers, the service...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Why Single-Engine STOVL?"

    (See T. Herman, pp. 72-77, April 2000 Proceedings)

  • Life after DoDth or: How the Evernet Changes Everything
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett

    The relevance of DoD has declined steadily since the end of the Cold War. Coming to grips with its passing won't be easy, but the Navy is working through the five stages of grief and toward a future in cyberspace.

  • Powering the 21st-Century Fleet
    By Lieutenant Commander Timothy J. McCoy, USN

    Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced to the press on 6 January 2000 that the Navy's newest surface combatant, DD-21, will be built with an integrated power system. Here's why:

  • Network-Centric Concepts Can Guarantee Access
    By Commander James R. Boorujy, USN

    A simple sea mine put this hole in the Tripoli (LPH-10) during Operation Desert Storm. Network-centric concepts, along with new technology, like the Airborne Mine Neutralization System (opposite), can open up the littorals.

    The U....

  • Export Missile Defense?
    By Commander Paul James, USN

    The United States is not the only country threatened by ballistic missiles from rogue states like North Korea—our allies in Asia would be on the frontline of a future conflict or crisis. Can we afford to export ballistic missile defense...

  • Dog Company Six at War
    By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A trickle of muddy water ran along the bottom of the ditch. Some of Dog Company, thirsty from the long march in the heat of the afternoon, filled their canteens. The careful ones added halazone tablets from their C ration accessory packets....

  • The U.S. Navy In Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    The flexible and scalable nature of U.S. naval power as an instrument of national security policy was shown by the operations conducted during 1999," Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig emphasized in his Department of the Navy 2000 Posture...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR

    For the nation's Corps of Marines, 1999 was a year of transition, marked by both the onrush of the millennium and by the quadrennial change of leadership. The Corps moved forward confidently into the 21st Century on a new foundation shaped by...

  • The Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    All who have worn the uniform with a shield insignia on the sleeve or shoulder board proudly relate to the motto Semper Paratus. "Always Ready" embodies the spirit of the men and women who comprise the deceptively small Coast Guard....

  • World Naval Developments: Fixing the Collins Class
    By Norman Friedman

    About 15 years ago, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ordered what it described as a most advanced conventionally powered submarine—quiet, with a sophisticated sonar and a very advanced combat system.

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch

    The end of the millennium—a time to look back as well as forward. No nation has changed more significantly in this century than has the United States, and perhaps no sector has seen its fortunes ebb so dramatically as has the U.S. maritime...

  • Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments
    By Captain Floyd D. Kennedy, Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    U.S. military forces are stretched to the limit, hardware is wearing out much faster than planned, and weapons inventories are dropping as a result of the series of operations short of war launched by the Clinton administration on a routine basis...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Bradley Peniston

    Sailors, not ships, were Topic A in discussions between lawmakers and Navy officials throughout 1999.

    The reason was simple: plummeting personnel retention seemed to threaten the ability of the former to man the latter properly.


  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... We Must Stop Treating People Like Cattle
    By Commander Steve Guse, U.S. Navy

    I am tired of seeing great sailors leave the Navy because of preventable and unfair "people" issues.

    I have a warrant officer who is the best I have seen. He hasn't been on board long, but he is an impact player who has done...

  • Notable Naval Books of 1999
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Wars and rumors of war, small clashes and major conflicts—the long catalog of man's belligerence runs on with no end in sight. Historians mine the past for new insights into old battles; novelists reconstruct past fights and speculate...

  • References
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  • Information Sources
  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
    By Samuel Loring Morison
  • Naval Systems: Navy Has the Big Picture
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Vice Admiral George P. Nanos Jr., commanding the Naval Sea Systems Command, will head a joint-service systems engineering initiative to support a single integrated air picture (SIAP).

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

    The Wasp (LHD-1)-class helicopter-carrying dock landing ship Iwo Jima (LHD -7), launched on 4 February 2000 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, probably will be the last conventional steam-turbine-powered warship built for the U.S. Navy if...

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

    Strike Fighter Squadron 161 (VFA-161) spent most of its 27-year service as Fighter Squadron 161 (VF-161). The Chargers were established on 1 September 1960 as one of two VF squadrons in Carrier Air Group 16 assigned to the USS Oriskany (...

  • Notebook
  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Can't We Build Quality Software?
    By Lieutenant Commander Albert J. Desmarais, U.S. Navy

    The recent emergence of rapidly developing information technologies is challenging traditional Navy acquisition methods. This is causing a significant delay in bringing these advances to the sailors who will benefit from them the most. The Navy...

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  • Don't Ask—Don't Tell: Is It Working?
    By J. F. Kelly Jr.

    The "Don't ask-don't tell" policy regarding sexual orientation has been in effect in the military for eight years. First proposed by former Senator Sam Nunn and endorsed by the military leadership, including General...

  • The Fall and Rise of Naval Forward Presence
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, USN

    Naval forward presence—here, the Enterprise (CVN-65) in Souda Bay, Crete— just may be the most cost-effective means of preserving America's security in the 21st century. The problem is, the Navy hasn...

  • Anthrax and the Internet
    By Colonel Mark F. Cancian, USMCR

     "After three years of study it was found that vaccination was the safest way to protect a highly mobile military against a threat of anthrax spores that are 99% lethal for unprotected persons."

  • Burke Speaks Out on Korea
    By Rear Admiral Arleigh Burke, USN

    When the Korean War erupted on 25 June 1950, Captain Arleigh Burke was serving as the Navy Secretary at the Defense Department Research and Development Board in Washington. In late August, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral...

  • Requiem for a Sailor's Writer
    By Captain Jim Stavridis, U.S. Navy

    How does one say goodbye to an author who has accompanied so many of us to sea on hundreds of voyages, whose dog-eared paperbacks have sat by the captain's chair on the bridge of so many warships for long days and nights in the Mediterranean...


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