Proceedings Magazine - June 2001 Vol. 127/6/1,180

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Why does a dog wag its tail? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail were smarter than the dog, the tail would wag the dog."



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  • Commentary: DoD's Tail Is Wagging the Dog
    By William J. Toti

    Why does a dog wag its tail? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail were smarter than the dog, the tail would wag the dog."

  • Address delivered at the U.S. Naval Institute's 127th Annual Meeting
    By David McCullough

    25 April 2001

    I want to say at the start how pleased and proud I am—and it came as a surprise to me—to find that I'm also speaking tonight to the [Naval Academy] class of 2001, the great class of 2001.

  • We Can't Let This Happen Again
    By Julian Schofield

    The collision between a U.S. Navy surveilance aircraft and this Chinese J-8—caught on film weeks before the accident—has made it clear that China and the United States must take steps to ensure such incidents do...

  • End the Silence of the Wardroom
    By Lieutenant Neil A. Wilson, USCG

    In the large town where the emperor's palace was, life was joyous and happy; and every day new visitors arrived. One day two swindlers came. They told everybody they were weavers and that they could weave the most marvelous...

  • U.S. Naval Institute 127th Annual Meeting

    Naval Institute members and friends gathered at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall on 25 April for the 127th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Naval Institute. Attendees celebrated the induction of new Golden Life (50-year) members and the...

  • Lest We Forget: USS Trumpetfish (SS-425)
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Balao (SS-285)-class submarine USS Trumpetfish (SS-425) was commissioned into service with the U.S. Navy on 29 January 1946. Though she missed the end of World War II by a matter of months, the Trumpetfish would go...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Improvements to Stealthy Radar

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    In April 1995, Herman Wouk made a rare public appearance at the Naval Institute's Annapolis Seminar. He spoke without notes, and the words he delivered, flawlessly, were captured by Naval History Editor-in-Chief Fred Schultz in his recent...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Network-Centric Warfare Meets the Laws of the Navy"

    (See S. Scarborough, pp. 30-33, May 2001 Proceedings)

  • Are Big Decks Still the Answer?
    By David A. Perin

    Compared to the alternatives, a large-deck carrier will give the nation more flexibility and growth potential to meet a variety of 21st-century challenges.

    In June 2000, the Defense Acquisition Board approved the Navy's plan...

  • Expeditionary Forces at the Crossroads
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The ability of naval expeditionary forces to accomplish their missions is dependent not only on strategy, concepts, and doctrine, but also on the equipment they have available.

  • A New Blueprint for U.S. Defense
    By James Blaker and Daniel Goure

    As the Defense Department prepares to release its comprehensive review of the U.S. military, it is clear that the force of the future—now of age after operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, where targets were blasted entirely from the air...

  • Advocate of 'Wooden Walls'
    By David McCullough

    In his new biography of John Adams, the award-winning author and historian credits his subject with being the first of the Founding Fathers to champion a navy. The following is an edited excerpt from the remarks he delivered at the U.S. Naval...

  • SEALs Need Dedicated Helo Support
    By Lieutenant Martha S. Dunne, USN

    Special warfare forces operate extensively with surface and subsurface assets that deliver them from the sea, but they lack the rotary-wing support they need to carry out their littoral missions on land.

  • Identifying Kaga
    By Jonathan Parshall, with Anthony Tully and David Dickson

    In September 1999, undersea explorers located some intriguing wreckage on the bottom of the Pacific near Midway Atoll. The question was, exactly what had they found? To answer that, a team of web-enabled historians was asked to help, and its...

  • Coast Guard Goes Expeditionary
    By Captain Wayne Gibson, Commander Tom Vitullo, and Lieutenant Commander Joe DiRenzo III, U.S. Coast Guard, and Captain Craig Peterson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    More and more the Coast Guard is deploying worldwide to support national objectives and international engagement—port security units, here practicing shiphandling, are a familiar sight in foreign harbors. An Expeditionary Operations...

  • International Port Security Standards
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael A. Edgerton, U.S. Coast Guard

    The terrorist attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden, Yemen, highlighted a problem that has been festering for years: the lack of internationally accepted port security standards. No international body has promulgated minimum port...

  • Navy Pay: What Message Are We Sending?
    By Commander Mark Gorenflo, USN

    It is time to revamp the Navy pay system so that it sends the right message: go Navy, stay Navy, and we'll take care of you and your family!

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... How Many "Communicators" Do We Need?
    By Senior Chief Electronics Technician Brian R. Stough, U.S. Navy

    C4I. What a nice, handy way to make our jobs sound important. Command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence—sounds impressive!

  • Submarine Escape Training--Are We Serious?
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Michael Yawn, U.S. Navy

    Since the loss of the Russian submarine Kursk and the subsequent rescue effort, there has been renewed interest in U.S. Navy submarine escape and rescue procedures, equipment, and capabilities. Because the various news broadcasts and other...

  • Buck Rogers Comes to Life in the 21st Century
    By Lieutenant Colonel C. Reid Nichols, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Commander Zdenka Willis, U.S. Navy

    Not long ago, building integrated and authoritative maps of the world's littorals was something done by Buck Rogers in the 25th century of science fiction-today it is reality. In harsh polar areas, the National Ice Center (NIC)/Naval Ice...

  • The All-MV-22 Fleet Is the Answer
    By Colonel Timothy C. Hanifen, U.S. Marine Corps

    The V-22 is a revolutionary joint common aircraft designed to meet validated requirements of the Marine Corps for 360 MV-22s, of Special Operations Command for 50 CV-22s, and of the Navy for 48 HV-22s. Its tilt-rotor technology offers great...

  • Protect Our Very Shallow Water MCM Force
    By Commander Jack B. James, U.S. Navy

    In any mine countermeasure (MCM) operation, assessments must be made to determine the time required to complete the task and to estimate the risk involved. At assessment level "Risk Directive Charlie," the primary concern is timely...

  • Do Smoking Hulls Measure Success?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gene Myers, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    For some time now there has been a debate raging in the popular press as well as the halls of the U.S. government and defense establishment about the alleged failure of aerospace forces to destroy many tanks during the war with Serbia. How many...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Command at Sea Isn't Everything
    By Commander Robert S. McKenna, U.S. Navy

    The fiscal year 2001 Commander Command Screening Board met from 12 December through 19 December 2000. Their commission, unknown to them, was to determine my fate-or so I believed.

  • Book Reviews

    In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

    Doug Stanton. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2001. 333 pp. Photos. Bib. Index. $25.00 ($22.50).


  • The Kursk Salvage Plan
    By Norman Polmar

    Preparations have begun for an effort to salvage the stricken Russian nuclear-propelled submarine Kursk, which was ripped open by explosions and sank in the Barents Sea last August. The massive operation, to be undertaken by an...

  • Oceans: Over the Top - Sailing the Northeast Passage
    By Don Walsh

    For nearly 500 years the conquest of the Northwest and Northeast Passages was the "holy grail" of exploration. Once charted, these sea routes across North America and Eurasia could reduce greatly the transit distances between East and...

  • Points of Interest: Today's Force Needs More Flexible Pay and Promotion Systems
    By Tom Philpott

    Military pay, promotion, and retirement systems are Cold War relics that do not fit "contemporary realities," according to a bipartisan panel of prominent Americans that, for two years, studied national security challenges. Unveiled...

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

    The fifth and final La Fayette-class frigate for the French Navy, the Guepratte, is seen on trials off Lorient in April. The 3,600-ton, 407-foot ship is to conduct an extended shakedown voyage this summer and is expected to...

  • Finding Leaders for the World They Never Saw
    By Frank Uhlig Jr.

    Some of the Navy's most senior officers and a few of its future senior officers were among those paying close attention as then-Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig began to speak at the Naval War College Current Strategy Forum in June 1999....

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