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
March 2000
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 ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2000
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 ...

Naval Systems: Technology vs. Numbers for ASW

By Edward J. Walsh
March 2000
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 ...

Book Reviews

March 2000
Canada's Navy: The First CenturyMarc 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 NavyIn this ...

The Name Game

By Commander Donald R. Bouchoux, USN
March 2000
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 ...

Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet

By Scott C. Truver
March 2000
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 ...

The Case for Anonymity

By An Anonymous Military Officer
March 2000
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 ...

America's Janissaries

By Colonel Michael R. Lehnert, U.S. Marine Corps
March 2000
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 ...

Command Is Not About You

By Captain Jeff Fullerton, USN
March 2000
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 ...

An Unmanned Revolution

By Lieutenant Commander Pete McVety, USN
March 2000
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 ...

British 'Gators Modernize

By Lieutenant Commander Neil J. Hall, Royal Navy
March 2000
HMS Ocean, with her embarked Sea King and Lynx helicopters and Royal Marines, gives the United Kingdom a modern amphibious warfare capability. By the sheer nature of its geography, the ...

Keeping a Fragile Peace

By Signalman Chief Timothy Scott Baxter, U.S. Naval Reserve
March 2000
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 ...

The Dragon Looks South

By Captain Anton Nugroho, Indonesian Armed Forces
March 2000
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 ...

Breaching the Great Wall

By Commander David W. Glazier, USN
March 2000
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 ...

Lessons from Liberia

By Lieutenant Commander Seth Appiah-Mensah, Ghana Navy
March 2000
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 ...

Enlisted Leaders Deserve Training

By Sergeant Major Robert W. Holub, U.S. Marine Corps
March 2000
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 ...

The Birth of the Ukrainian Navy

By Vice Admiral Mykhailo B. Yezhel, Ukrainian Navy
March 2000
Established around a core of former Soviet vessels the 21st-century Ukrainian Navy is looking westward for new partners and allies. On 24 August 1991, on the eve of the collapse ...

Should We Fear Third World Nuclear Submarines?

By Commander Leonam dos Santos Guimaraes, Brazilian Navy
March 2000
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 ...

A Legacy Presence

By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy
March 2000
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 ...

Don't Forget the Med

By Commander Michele Cosentino, Italian Navy
March 2000
First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay ContestThe U.S. Navy has a long history of protecting and promoting security in the Mediterranean with forward-deployed assets. As Mediterranean forces are diverted ...

No Room for "Nice to Haves"

By Rear Admiral Chris Bennett, South African Navy (Retired)
March 2000
Prize Winner, International Navies Essay ContestSouthern 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 ...

Comment and Discussion

March 2000
"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 ...

Gutless Giant?

By Jeffrey Record
March 2000
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 ...

Stop Mandatory Anthrax Vaccinations

By An Anonymous Military Officer
March 2000
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 the very least, program ...