Proceedings Magazine - October 2000 Vol. 126/10/1,172

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Each service stands to win—or lose—depending on what national security visions the new administration embraces. System visions favor air forces (an Air Force F-16 lines up to refuel...



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  • Force Structure Will Change
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett and Henry H. Gaffney Jr.

    Each service stands to win—or lose—depending on what national security visions the new administration embraces. System visions favor air forces (an Air Force F-16 lines up to refuel for a mission over Kosovo); nation-state visions...

  • A Plague on Both Your Houses
    By Andrew G. Webb

    Since 1992, Proceedings has devoted a great deal of ink to the subject of gay people being allowed to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. Most recently, retired Navy Captain James F. Kelly Jr. wrote a commentary on the current status...

  • They Must Be Sturdy
    By Ib S. Hansen

    Sensor, electronics, and weapons technologies have improved dramatically since 1945, making warships deadlier than ever. At the same time, however, combatants have become more susceptible to dramatic damage if hit today than...

  • What If Kursk Had Been Ours?
    By Norman Polmar

    When Russia lost its nuclear-propelled submarine Kursk, the U.S. Navy was engaged in a program to increase U.S. submarine escape capabilities and to reduce submarine rescue capabilities.

    The U.S. Navy has had both submarine escape...

  • Weinberger-Powell Doctrine Doesn't Cut It
    By Jeffrey Record

    Lots of folks are talking about the Weinberger-Powell Doctrine again—but what does it offer the United States today? Among other things, the Weinberger-Powell Doctrine is simplistic and flawed, and its proponents' distinction between...

  • World Naval Developments: What Happened to the Kursk?
    By Norman Friedman

    In August, the Russian Oscar 2-class (Project 949A) missile submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea during a naval exercise. She had just fired a missile (presumably an SS-N-19 cruise weapon). She was scheduled to fire a torpedo...

  • Take the Small Boat Threat Seriously
    By Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For my purposes, small boats comprise what Sir Julian Corbett called "the flotilla." In his analysis of naval tactics at the dawn of the 20th century, Some Principles of Maritime Strategy,1 Sir Julian...

  • Balancing Star Wars and Muddy Boots
    By Mr. Robert Wilkie

    For the fourth time in a century, the United States finds itself in an interwar period. But even with an awakening China and a nuclear India on the horizon, the American giant is swimming in a sea of minnows. As a result, today's military has...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Saving Naval Aviation"

    (See S. Rowe, p. 30, September 2000 Proceedings)

  • From the Sea ... to Cyberspace
    By Rear Admiral Dick Mayo, USN

    The Navy's activity in cyberspace already is showing promise in real-world operations—and it will play a major role in maintaining and promoting the strategic health of free nations as they conduct the international exchange of...

  • Turning Information into Knowledge
    By Captain Mark Tempestilli, USN

    The U.S. armed forces, through Joint Visions 2010 and 2020, have said that "superior information converted to superior knowledge" will transform 21 st-century military operations. JV 2010 and 2020 couple information superiority with the...

  • Lessons for Combined Rules of Engagement
    By Commander Mike Spence, USN

    Dealing with rules of engagement is hard enough when only one country's forces are in the field or at sea. Problems multiply, however, when rules of engagement must be developed for multinational forces. The U.S. experience in Kosovo is...

  • We Need a New Advancement System
    By Master Chief Machinist's Mate Mark Butler, USN

    Navy programs and policies have changed, and the Enlisted Advancement System must be updated to reward those who excel in the new environment.

    The Enlisted Advancement System as we know it has been in use—unchanged—...

  • Wake-Up Call in Kosovo
    By Dr. Milan Vego

    In the Kosovo crisis of 1999, the lessons of operational war fighting learned during the Gulf War were forgotten. The lack of focus on the proper centers of gravity allowed Serb forces such as this tank column to operate in Kosovo unharmed....

  • Launching the Real Maritime Security Force
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)

    The Coast Guard is working on a plan to field assets that ensure that the nation's fifth armed service can continue to operate 50 miles or more to sea. The Maritime Action Unit concept—in which major cutters, armed helicopters, and...

  • Presence with an Attitude!
    By Captain Kathy Dimaggio, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Freniere, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Commanders Mark Landers and Bill Mysinger, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commanders Pete McVety and Mark A. Becker, U.S. Navy

    There are many impressive potential new land-attack weapons on the horizon not just ships, weapons, and aircraft.

  • Navy Delivers the Armor
    By Senior Chief Engineman William Fagiola, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    With bridges bombed out and pontoon operations washed up, the Army calls on a World War II tank landing craft to lead the 1st Cavalry Division across the Yesong River—"one of the outstanding contributions by the Navy during the...

  • Outsourcing R&D—Panacea or Pipe Dream?
    By Michael L. Marshall and J. Eric Hazell

    Outsourcing is not a new idea. Over the years, the nation has swung regularly between faith in in-house defense research and development and contracting out. R&D for Sidewinder was largely an in- house effort, but most systems today are...

  • Before They Were Stars
    By Lieutenant Commander Fred Kacher, USN

    Second Co-Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Before they made admiral, the legends of naval command were leading the right way as captains and commanders. We should be learning from the habits of these...

  • Blue-on-Blue in the Falklands
    By Captain Michael C. Potter, Supply Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Was the missile streaking across the night sky toward HMS Penelope a mere illusion, or Was it friendly fire?

  • Naval Intelligence Must Focus on Time-Critical Targeting
    By Lieutenant Commander Dan Shanower, U.S. Navy

    Darkness settles across southern Iraq as two F/A-18C Hornets each release a Joint Standoff Weapon toward a surface-to-air missile (SAM) site. The bulky munitions glide in silently for a direct hit on a Global Positioning System coordinate chosen...

  • Reduced Manning and High-Tech Bridges Demand New Training Standards
    By Captain Brian Boyce, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the open sea, only one or two individuals usually man merchant ship bridges. The entire crew may be fewer than 20 crewmembers, including seamen, cooks, and engineers. Other than the master, there usually are only three officers (chief mate,...

  • A Mid-Course Correction for Team Coast Guard
    By Commander John Leonard, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    Today's competitive cost and flexibility requirements are driving organizations in the private and public sectors to increased use of part-time and temporary employees. The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the most experienced federal agencies at...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Isn't Junior Officer Retention Working?
    By Lieutenant Nicole Tonnessen, U.S. Navy

    The inability of the surface warfare community to meet the officer retention rate of 33-38% is not an unfamiliar issue. Junior officers (JOs) are trading their pressed uniforms for pressed suits and joining the civilian sector at increasing rates...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Don't Forget Our Other Recruiters
    By David P. Grady

    I received a letter not long ago from one of my troops who had left the Corps a few years back. Mike had been an outstanding Marine. He possessed courage that was admired by all who knew him.

    His reason for leaving the Corps had been...

  • Book Reviews

    The Abandoned Ocean: A History of United States Maritime Policy

    Andrew Gibson and Arthur Donovan. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2000. 384 pp, Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95 ($37.95).


  • Oceans: Sub Returns from Patrol - 136 Years Later
    By Don Walsh

    Just before 2100 on 17 February 1864 off Charleston, South Carolina, a tremendous underwater explosion ripped the stern of the USS Housatonic. She was torpedoed, the first combat sinking by a submarine in naval history. Sunk in 30 feet...

  • Points of Interest: With No SecDef Support, Elderly Still Score Healthcare Gains
    By Tom Philpott

    House-Senate conference committee meeting in early September 2000 to iron out differences in separate versions of the fiscal 2001 defense authorization bill agreed to a Senate plan to end "age discrimination" in military health care....

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The 32,780-ton Foch is to be replaced as France's only aircraft carrier by the much-delayed Charles de Gaulle and, under a $41 million contract, handed over to Brazil as the Sao Paulo in mid-November. After a short...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    The fourth U.S. warship to bear the name Atlanta (CL-104) was a light cruiser launched on 6 February 1944. She arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, after completing her shake-down cruise and by March 1945 was on her way to the Pacific to assist...

  • Notebook
  • Logistics Support Doesn't Work
    By Rowland G. Freeman, III

    In a recent article in Logistic Spectrum, Under Secretary of Defense Jacques S. Gansler (Acquisitions, Technology, Logistics) [USD (A,T&L)] said, before listing some improvements in our logistic system, "We have achieved...

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