Proceedings Magazine - March 2001 Vol. 127/3/1,177

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The tragic loss of the Russian Navy's Kursk has raised the old issue of what to do about waste from nuclear accidents at sea. One geologist's radical theory...



  • Lest We Forget: Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy established attack squadron 164 (VA-164) on 1 September 1960 as one of two light attack squadrons assigned to the Atlantic Fleet’s new Carrier Air Group 16 (CVG-16, later CVW-16). The Ghost Riders initially were equipped with the...

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  • The Kursk's Uneasy Legacy
    By Michael Schofield

    The tragic loss of the Russian Navy's Kursk has raised the old issue of what to do about waste from nuclear accidents at sea. One geologist's radical theory that nuclear waste could be stored safely in the deep...

  • It's About Acountability
    By Charles W. Nesby

    I have read the Chief of Naval Operations' all-Navy message regarding the Judge Advocate General's Manual investigation of the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67). While I agree on many points that Admiral Vern Clark makes in his remarks, I...

  • It's About Accountability
    By Charles W. Nesby

    I have read the Chief of Naval Operations' all-Navy message regarding the Judge Advocate General's Manual investigation of the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67). While I agree on many points that Admiral Vern Clark makes in his...

  • World Naval Developments: New Theories on the Kursk Disaster
    By Norman Friedman

    An intriguing new explanation for the loss of the Russian submarine Kursk has come to light. In the aftermath of the loss, the Russians explained that she had played the attacking unit in an exercise in which the large cruiser Pyotr...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Euro-Army May Replace NATO"

    (See N. Friedman, p. 6, February 2001 Proceedings)

    Commander Christopher S. Real, U.S. Navy, Staff Officer for European Security Defense Identity Issues, Supreme Allied Commander...

  • World Navies in Review
    By A. D. Baker III

    A surprisingly large number of new naval construction programs emerged during 2000, with major surface combatants, submarines, and amphibious warfare and sealift ships predominant. As in the past decade, there were few noteworthy developments...

  • Beyond the Horizon: Regional Security for Asia-Pacific
    By Lieutenant Commander Hiroshi Ito, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

    Prize Winner International Navies Essay Contest

    More than a decade has passed since the end of the Cold War. In the aftermath of the East-West reconciliation, European countries have struggled with seeking a purely European security system...

  • Small Navies Have a Future
    By Commander (Senior Grade) Kaj Toft Madsen, Royal Danish Navy

    First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    One of the greatest strengths of NATO's smaller navies is their mine-warfare forces. To continue to be viable parts of the alliance, however, small NATO navies must expand...

  • Protecting Bangladesh
    By Commander M. A. Razzak, Bangladesh Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest

    The Bangladesh Navy has come a long way since its formation in 1972. It's time to begin upgrading to a force that can protect the country's many maritime interests...

  • International Navies Photo Contest Winners
  • Maritime Partnership for Peace Seeks Interoperability & Stability
    By Captain Ingo Vormann, German Navy

    For nations seeking membership in NATO or a way to help shape European security, the Partnership for Peace program provides a chance to exercise with and learn from other navies.

  • Croatian Phiblex 2000 Storms New Ground
    By Captain Kenneth R. Kassner, U.S. Marine Corps

     On board the USS Austin (LPD-4) off the coast of Split, Croatia-"Green well! Green well!" the shin's intercom blared into the quiet Adriatic morning. The Austin's gray hull rang with urgency as the broadcast sent the...

  • Royal Australian Navy: On Course for the 21st Century
    By Commander Henry Pearce, Royal Australian Navy

    After a decade of increasing demands at home and abroad—including support to International Force for East Timor (Interfet) operations—the Royal Australian Navy is stretched thin. But with the recent release of a government defense...

  • Democracy and Sea Power in Nigeria
    By Commodore Olutunde A. Oladimeji, Nigerian Navy (Retired)

    With President Olusegun Obasanjo at the helm of a democractic government, the United States recognizes Nigeria's potential in Africa. A strong Navy will promote stability and peace on the continent.

    Nigeria's return to...

  • Russia's Waste: A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen?
    By Ensign Eric D. Johnson, U.S. Coast Guard

    An environmental disaster is brewing in the poorly protected storage facilities harboring Russia's naval nuclear waste. Aid from the West may help avert a meltdown.

  • Naval Trends in the 21st Century
    By Rear Admiral Thomas Kempf German Navy

    In the future, naval forces will play a decisive role in multinational partnerships. One model of cooperation would be a standing naval exercise force in the Baltic Sea structured like the one that participated in Exercise Baltops '93:...

  • Waging War on Germs in Korea
    By Allan R. Millett

    The "germ warfare" being waged by the United Nations Command during the Korean War was not against people. In fact, Lieutenant Gerald A. Martin saved the lives of many POWs and refugees by classifying and treating several forms of...

  • Don't Ignore Electronic Attack
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeff Ruth, USN

    While the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet have received upgrades in capability, the EA-6B Prowler has remained stagnant. Operation Allied Force proved that the electronic attack mission has been ignored for too long.

  • Marshaling for the Littoral Campaign
    By Colonel T. X. Hammes, USMC

    A specially manned, trained, and equipped staff, together with highly effective command ships, makes the fleet commander the ideal choice for leading littoral campaigns.

  • Swarm the Littorals!
    By Commander Joseph E. Skinner, USN

    A swarm—eight high-speed, fully networked patrol craft similar to the Pegasus (PHM-1)-class hydrofoils—would give a battle or amphibious ready group commander in the littorals more flexibility, battlespace awareness, and firepower...

  • Tall Tales of the Civilian World
    By Mark A. Lisi

    It might look like Eden from the outside, but as one former surface warfare officer found, the civilian world isn't always what it seems.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Restore Sea Duty to Preeminence
    By Senior Chief Navy Counselor Paul Pierce, U.S. Navy

    After more than ten years of draw down and drifting during which the Navy heralded virtually every type of duty except sea duty, our newest Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark, offered hope that a change of course might be in...

  • On a Bittersweet Adventure at Sea
    By Susan Percy

    During a Tiger Cruise with her Navy lieutenant daughter in the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), a Navy wife recalls the day she bid farewell to Lieutenant Barton S. Creed.

  • Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet
    By Scott C. Truver

    "The future is now ... The more things change, the more they stay the same .... Pigs will fly."

  • Book Reviews

    Big Red: Three Months On Board a Trident Nuclear Submarine

    By Douglas C. Waller. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. 336 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $27.50 ($24.75).

    Reviewed by Norman Polmar

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Clausewitz Is Dead
    By Commander Jeff Huber, U.S. Navy

    Many, including me, have been accused of misinterpreting Clausewitz. This German war thinker has been called many things: genius, sage, visionary, and philosopher are but a few. One thing you never will hear anybody call him, however, is a good...

  • Naval Systems: NavSea Interoperability Focuses on "Root Causes"
    By Ed Walsh

    The Naval Sea Systems Command's surface-ship technology program office (NavSea 53), sponsor of the nationwide distributed engineering plant (DEP) set up two years ago to measure the interoperability of combat systems of deploying battle...

  • Points of Interest: The Ex-Spouse Law - Can It Be Reformed?
    By Tom Philpott

    Question: What would be in a Defense Department report that Congress orders but does not care if it ever sees?

    Answer: Proposals to reform the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act.

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