Terrorism Strikes the U.S. Navy

By Norman Polmar
November 2000
A terrorist bomb ripped open the Aegis destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) while the warship was mooring in the port of Aden about noon on 12 October. The blast tore a ...

TriCare from the Inside & Out

By Dr. Lee D. Hieb
November 2000
TriCare always was one of the lowest and slowest paying insurance companies, but when it began routinely to deny coverage—and thus care—one orthopaedic surgeon (and Marine wife) decided it was ...

Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Should I Stay in the Navy?

By Chief Electronics Technician Joseph T. Monaghan, U.S. Navy
November 2000
Retention and recruiting are "hot button" issues in the Navy. I have watched on CSPAN as the Chief of Naval Operations delivered explanations for retention shortfalls to congressional panels. My ...

Lest We Forget

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2000
Marine Attack Squadron 331 (VMA-331) was activated at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina on 1 January 1943 as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 331 (VMSB-331). The squadron was stationed with its ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
November 2000
For years the Philippine Navy has been unable to purchase badly needed new ships and craft, but the Coast Guard has fared a bit better. Christened on 20 June, the ...

Book Reviews

November 2000
Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo Ivo H. Daalder and Michael E. O'Hanlon. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 2000. 343 pp. Photos. Notes. Index. $24.95 ($22.45). Kosovo: War and ...

SWOs Need More Hands-on Shiphandling Training

By Lieutenant Commander Michael L. Crockett, U.S. Navy
November 2000
Navy ships are incredibly expensive, especially those built with big, bulbous sonar domes that do not simulate Yokahama fenders very well. Our "small ships" (destroyers and frigates) are comparable in ...

Displacement Vessels for Our Atmospheric Ocean

By Richard G. Van Treuren
November 2000
Unfettered by the misconceptions stifling our government's utilization of lighter-than-air (LTA) technology, private enterprise is moving forward with pressure, semi-rigid, and rigid designs. The next few years will see more ...

The Missing Piece to the OMFTS Puzzle: The Quad TiltRotor (QTR)

By Major General Richard L. Phillips, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Lieutenant Colonel Mark J. Gibson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2000
This is an ambitious time for the Navy/Marine Corps team. Amphibious operations have never been performed from so far out to sea, with such closing speed to landfall as the ...

Combating Terrorism

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Rancich, USN
November 2000
As the United States makes itself less vulnerable to conventional attack, our enemies will seek unconventional means to strike us—as the attack on the Cole (DDG-76) has shown. But the ...

Only Total Victory

By Lieutenant Commander Llewellyn D. Lewis, USN
November 2000
The Kosovo crisis was just the latest in a series of cautious, halfhearted military solutions to international problems. If these Albanian refugees were worth fighting for, weren't they also worth ...

Did They Hear Me?

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Kenneth E. Harbaugh, USN
November 2000
I may have said too much. In remarks at the U.S. Naval Institute's Annual Meeting, I explained to the assembled admirals and generals why their best junior officers are leaving. ...

How Many Subs Do We Need?

By Rear Admiral Al Konetzni, USN
November 2000
To answer this question, we must look at two areas: war fighting and peacetime requirements. To fight a war—and win—we must evaluate the enemy and determine which submarine capabilities we ...

Strategic Vision Can Be Powerful

By Don DeYoung
November 2000
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. -Hab. 2:2 Why can the subject of strategic vision make even the ancients want ...

Marine Tanks See the Light

By Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth W. Estes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2000
The term "lightweight" rarely applies to anything involving the U.S. Marine Corps. But in this case, light weight—specifically with the Marmon-Herrington tank (offloading here in trials from a standard Navy ...

IT Doesn't Run By Itself

By Captain John V. Moloko, USMC
November 2000
Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest Information technology can increase efficiency and add value, but it requires a skilled workforce to keep it working properly. The Marine Corps must ...

Gapped Billets Exist—Deal With It

By Colonel Drew A. Bennett, USMC
November 2000
Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest Our warfighting spirit depends on small-unit leaders, but Fleet Marine Force units often find themselves trying to accomplish the mission with less than ...

Shots Fired from Outpost Hedy

By Martin Russ
November 2000
A Marine Corps Korean War veteran and distinguished author recounts—in vivid detail—the day his platoon commander "found blessed relief." I recall that the moon kept dodging in and out of ...

Don't Forget How to Fight

By Captain Calvert L. Worth, USMC
November 2000
First Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest Marines with significant combat experience are becoming a rare breed. The Marine Corps must put its troops back into realistic training that pushes ...

Digital Training Calls for Live Fires

By Captain Charles M. Andrews, USMC
November 2000
Prize Winner, Marine Corps Essay Contest The digital battlefield—the cornerstone of the revolution in military affairs—is the panacea that many hope will help the United States dominate the conflicts of ...

Comment and Discussion

November 2000
"Weinberger-Powell Doctrine Doesn't Cut It" (See J. Record, pp. 35-36, October 2000 Proceedings ) Colonel R. W. Strahan, U.S. Marine Corps, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center —I ...