Proceedings Magazine - May 2001 Vol. 127/5/1,179

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Network-centric warfare is supposed to help us achieve a "revolution in military affairs," a technological transformation of the U.S. Navy. The power of information technology is going...



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  • Network-Centric Warfare Meets the Laws of the Navy
    By Commander Sheila Scarborough, USN

    Network-centric warfare is supposed to help us achieve a "revolution in military affairs," a technological transformation of the U.S. Navy. The power of information technology is going to increase our awareness of both enemy and...

  • Interview: George F. Will

    The syndicated columnist and commentator on ABC’s Sunday morning news program This Week talked recently in his Washington office with Naval Institute editor Fred L. Schultz about several topics relating to...

  • Change Is Possible & Imperative
    By Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN

    Those of us who have been involved in the requirements and design of the armed forces have the feeling that the way we have done this business over the past 40 years has about run its course. Fundamental changes in geopolitics...

  • Punk's War
    By Commander Ward Carroll, USN

    In this excerpt from the Naval Institute Press’s new novel, a young lieutenant known as Punk and his backseater, Spud, wrestle with where to take their fuel-starved Tomcat after a jet crashes into the aircraft carrier...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    This satellite image taken on 4 April shows the Navy EP-3E parked on a taxiway of the Lingshui military airfield on the southeastern coast of Hainan.

  • Lest We Forget: Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) was established on 3 January 1984 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, as a unit of the newly established Carrier Air Wing 13 (CVW-13). VFA-132—equipped with the new F/A-18A Hornet strike fighter...

  • Bridging the Civil-Military Divide
    By Lieutenant Kenneth E. Harbaugh, U.S. Navy

    First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Many ideas have been floated, but conspicuously absent is any plan to reinvest the military in society through domestic operations. The military is an ideal starting point...

  • Regaining the Trust
    By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

    Officers and sailors throughout the fleet have the impression that their senior leadership no longer has the best interests of sailors, the Navy, and the nation at heart....

  • We Have a Really Short Bench
    By Thomas B. Fargo

    Defending our interests this century will mean dealing with unresolved wars, the proliferation of cruise missile, ballistic missile, and submarine threats, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, cyberwarfare, rising nationalism, and failing...

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    Commander Ward Carroll autographed his new novel, Punk's War, at the recent Annual Meeting. Eerily relevant as world tensions increase, Punk's War, excerpted on pages 74-76, tells the inside story of no-fly-- zone missions. Pictured with...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A Public Relations Disaster"

    (See J. Byron, p. 2, April 2001 Proceedings)

  • Abandon Ship!
    By Lorraine Naquin Tyler

    In the foreword and afterword to the fine new edition of Abandon Ship! (New York: Harpercollins, 2000) by Richard Newcomb, author Peter Maas refers to then-Captain Naquin's role as "pivotal in the loss of the Indianapolis...

  • The Challenge of Prolonged Peace
    By Captain Joseph F. Bouchard, USN

    Navy leaders have been making herculean efforts since the end of the Cold War to ensure that the Navy is provided adequate resources to carry out its many challenging missions. Despite those efforts, they have had only limited success in gaining...

  • Where Is China's Navy Headed?
    By Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.)

    It is not at all clear what role China sees for its People's Liberation Army Navy. Will it remain merely a coastal naval force, or does China have ambitions of building a blue-water fleet with aircraft carriers and other power-projection...

  • Sea Change in Shipping
    By John G. Fox

    Naval power has been associated closely with the protection of commercial shipping since before warships protected the growth of Athens's trading empire. For 400 years, the British Empire expanded according to the maxim "trade follows...

  • Admirals Strike a Blow for the Press
    By Elias P. Demetracopoulos

    A Greek journalist untangles an unsavory web, exposing a high-level plot to have him fired from one of the most respected newspapers in the United States. His offense: Publishing interviews with three senior naval officers. All three—...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Whither the National Fleet?
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    In his keynote speech at the Surface Navy Association in January 2001, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark agreed with his predecessor that "numbers have a quality all their own," and that the Coast Guard should work with the...

  • The U.S. Navy In Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    In Aden, the young man stood up for holy war and destroyed a destroyer feared by the powerful," Osama bin Laden said, reciting a poem in late February 2001. She was a ship of "injustice that sailed to its doom" along a course of...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    The nation's premier force in readiness once again fulfilled its legislated role in the past year, serving in every clime and place, and meeting new expeditionary challenges. The Marines also extended their historical record as innovators....

  • The Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    In transit off the mid-Atlantic coast, a former cruise shin radios for help. Manned by a skeleton crew of 34, one of her two engines has failed and water is flooding uncontrollably. Two HH-60 helicopters and two HC-130H airplanes are launched...

  • World Naval Developments: Confronting the Chinese
    By Norman Friedman

    On 1 April, a U.S. Navy EP-3E electronic surveillance aircraft flying in international airspace over the South China Sea was crashed into by a Chinese Navy J-8 fighter. The damaged U.S. airplane then landed on the Chinese island of Hainan. The 24...

  • The U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Robert H. Pouch

    The U.S. maritime industry continued along its relentless path of consolidation and mergers during 2000, while at the same time responding to growth forces in all sectors of international import and export trade. So, while the number of companies...

  • Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments
    By David L. Parsons

    As this issue of Proceedings went to press, the new administration was involved in extensive review of Department of Defense (DoD) programs and had yet to put its imprint on the defense budget submission to Congress for fiscal year (FY)...

  • Congressional Watch
    By Bradley Peniston

    For military-minded lawmakers, the month of March 2001 was a quiet one on Capitol Hill—far too quiet.

    Accustomed to receiving presidential defense budget proposals by late February, members of Congress instead held their breath while...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2000
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Reminders of military anniversaries appear month after month on our calendars. Independence Day, Veterans Day, VE Day, VJ Day—the list of holidays grows inexorably, all of them times to demonstrate national pride. Banks close; postmen take...

  • The Old Breed Passes: Tom Lea and Eugene Sledge
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Two eminent chroniclers of the World War II combat experience—one an artist, both of them authors—passed away in 2001. Their legacies remain, however, for all time in paint and ink.

    The artist from Texas was covering...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Equal Work Demands Equal Pay
    by Lieutenant James R. Lamar, U.S. Navy

    There are numerous earnings and leave inequalities between different military service branches—specifically the deployed forces of the Navy and Air Force assigned to the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility—that must be...

  • U.S. Navy: Seeking Heroes
    by Norman Polmar

    On 9 March 2001, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) introduced a bill to authorize the President to promote posthumously Raymond Ames Spruance to fleet admiral of the U.S. Navy. "It is doubtful," wrote Senator Lugar, "any other...

  • Naval Systems: Common Command and Decision Battles for Systems Interoperability
    By Ed Walsh

    The team of Navy and industry managers working to develop a common command and decision (CCD) system for surface combatants, large-deck amphibious warfare ships, and aircraft carriers is scheduled to meet in July 2001 for the second session of a...

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

    HMS Albion, the first of two long-awaited assault landing ships for Britain's Royal Navy, was launched by BAE SYSTEMS' yard at Barrow on 9 March for delivery in March 2003. The 16,981-ton (full-load displacement), 18-knot ...

  • Changes In U.S. Naval Forces
    by Samuel Loring Morison
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  • Confessions of a Reformed Revolutionary
    By Bill Toti

    Reform ain't revolution.

    Last July, Proceedings published my article, "Stop the Revolution; I Want to Get Off," wherein I tried to make the point that many of the goals espoused by the revolution in...

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