Don't Ask—Don't Tell: Is It Working?

By J. F. Kelly Jr.
May 2000
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 ...
Portrait of author Patrck O'Brian

Requiem for a Sailor's Writer

By Captain Jim Stavridis, U.S. Navy
May 2000
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 ...

Lest We Forget

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

Congressional Watch

By Bradley Peniston
May 2000
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 ...

Naval Systems: Navy Has the Big Picture

By Edward J. Walsh
May 2000
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).The new office will ...

Notable Naval Books of 1999

By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2000
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
May 2000
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 ...

Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments

By Captain Floyd D. Kennedy, Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
May 2000
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 ...

The Coast Guard in Review

By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
May 2000
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 ...

The U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR
May 2000
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 ...

The U.S. Navy In Review

By Scott C. Truver
May 2000
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 ...

Dog Company Six at War

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
May 2000
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 ...

Export Missile Defense?

By Commander Paul James, USN
May 2000
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 ...

Network-Centric Concepts Can Guarantee Access

By Commander James R. Boorujy, USN
May 2000
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 ...

Powering the 21st-Century Fleet

By Lieutenant Commander Timothy J. McCoy, USN
May 2000
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

May 2000
"Why Single-Engine STOVL?"(See T. Herman, pp. 72-77, April 2000 Proceedings)Colonel Ross J. Hieb, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)—I was a Harrier pilot for 24 years. I trained in ...

It's More than a Trade

By Lieutenant Thomas R. Williams II, U.S. Navy
May 2000
Second Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay ContestTo man its complex and sophisticated weapon systems, the Navy needs officers with a high level of technical expertise. But if it wants to ...

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