Proceedings Magazine - July 2001 Vol. 127/7/1,181

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We can and must shape our peacetime commitments—above, supporting operations in Bosnia and Kosovo—not only to provide assistance to those in need but also to...



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  • Making Peacetime Engagement Work
    By Brigadier General David L. Grange, USA (Ret.)

    We can and must shape our peacetime commitments—above, supporting operations in Bosnia and Kosovo—not only to provide assistance to those in need but also to enhance our military's readiness for war....

  • From Conscription to Subscription
    By Rear Admiral David P. Polatty, USN

    Here at Naval Training Center Great Lakes, where the Navy begins, it is difficult to look at the way we conduct business and not draw parallels to a manufacturing assembly line. Every day of the year, recruits arrive at our gates by bus—one...

  • Interview: Stephen Coonts

    In the 15th anniversary year of his first novel, the Naval Institute Press book, Flight of the Intruder, the prolific author talked recently in Annapolis about his craft with Naval Institute editor Fred L. Schultz....

  • Commentary: Toss the Coast Guard a Life Ring
    By Howard B. Thorsen

    According to Rear Admiral Ron Silva, the Coast Guard's Assistant Commandant for Systems, "doing the King's work with a peasant's toolbox" is an apt description of the Coast Guard's infrastructure. Maintenance funding for...

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Squadron 172 (VA-172)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Attack Squadron 172 (VA-172) originally was established as Bomber Fighter Squadron 82 (VBF-82) on 20 August 1945 at NAS Alameda, California. The squadron quickly switched from F6F Hellcats to F4U-4 Corsairs, and in January 1946 moved to NAS...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Consolidation Is the Game in Paris

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    Summer at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center is no time to kick back. Nearly half of the year's 54,000 recruits enter in June, July, August, and September-the "summer surge." Beginning on page 34, Great Lakes Commander Rear Admiral...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A New Blueprint for U.S. Defense"

    (See J. Maker, D. Goure, pp. 38-41, June 2001 Proceedings)

  • Is There a Better Explanation?
    By Paul Troy Wright

    On 9 February 2001, the nuclear fast-attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN-772) conducted an "emergency main ballast tank blow" in the Pacific Ocean near Honolulu, Hawaii. The final step of the maneuver was initiated by the...

  • Answering the Challenges
    By Frank W. Lacroix

    A cornerstone of the submarine force's excellence has been its ability to critically and objectively examine and correct its failures. The tragic collision of the USS Greeneville (SSN772) with the Ehime Maru and...

  • Teamwork Under Fire
    By John Plink

    Before they get to the Navy, recruits at Naval Training Center Great Lakes first must negotiate Battle Stations—a series of high-pressure scenarios that re-create real-world catastrophes and operations to test their teamwork, leadership...

  • Battle Stations--The Next Generation
    By John Flink

  • India's 12 Steps to a World-Class Navy
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett

    In February of this year, I had the pleasure of attending the Indian Navy's first-ever International Fleet Review in Mumbai, where I made a presentation to a symposium audience of 16 chiefs of naval staff and dozens of flag officers from an...

  • Naval Power Is Vital
    By Vice Admiral Timothy J. Keating, U.S. Navy

    The world's oceans continue to be the "great commons" that connect the United States to a maritime world—with the nation's freedom to operate and its commerce protected by the U.S. Navy, as has been the case for more than...

  • Missile Defense Is for the Real World
    By Commander William K. Lescher, USN

    Missile defense critics are committing a serious error when they underestimate the potential for nefariousness posed by the Saddam Husseins, Muammar Gadhafis, and Kim Jong-ils of the world. A missile attack may never come—but common...

  • Black Bags and Seagulls: Fostering Innovation
    By Bradd C. Hayes

    Innovation is hard, but with enough channels for creative thinking, a strong program of experimentation and prototyping, and a willingness to take risks, the Navy might wind up with a force structure different from—and better than...

  • Branding the Coast Guard
    By Captain D. A. Goward, USCG

    The Coast Guard has done a poor job of selling itself and its missions in the competition for federal dollars and support. If it is to survive, the service must focus on the diverse individual "brands" that fall under the single...

  • Still Warrior Friendly
    By Rear Admiral Len Picotte, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Captain Kendall King, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The design for the LPD-17 incorporates the ideas of hundreds of the sailors and Marines who will operate the ship in the future. This cooperative process has ensured that when the new amphibious warfare ship enters the fleet, she will be...

  • Building on a Proven Record
    By Commander Keith W. May, USN

    The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community has provided critical forward presence and combat support since the beginning of naval aviation, and its taskings and capabilities are only expanding.

  • The Legacy of the Black Cats
    By Comniander Keith W May, U.S. Navy

  • Tattletales and Bird Dogs
    By Commander Edward P. Stafford, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We have fallen into the comfortable conviction that wherever and whenever necessary, the U.S. Navy rules the seas. But in the not-too-distant past, our ability to "rule" was, by our own commanders' admission, in grave doubt....

  • Try the TEAM Principle
    By Captain Chris S. Richie, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Training, empowering, acknowledging, and mentoring are the tools that leaders must use to retain service members.

  • Carriers Aren't Sitting Ducks
    By Lieutenant Commander Tom Druggan, U.S. Navy

    U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are among the most survivable surface ships afloat today. They are built to withstand multiple hits and continue projecting firepower ashore. Yet a number of recent articles have charged that carriers are vulnerable to...

  • Reduce Decision-Making Timelines
    By William E. Howard III

    The timelines of decision making must be reduced to ensure success in planning, deploying weapons and sensors, collecting information, targeting, and assessing strikes. As planning and operations timelines differ from higher headquarters down to...

  • Is China Taking a Great Leap Forward in Shipbuilding?
    By Lieutenant Commander Wayne Hugar, U.S. Navy

    By steadily improving its ability to produce increasingly sophisticated commercial and naval ships, China is positioning itself to become a leading commercial shipbuilding nation within the next two decades. In 2000, China's Commission of...

  • The Emotional Impact of Email on Deployment
    By Barbara J. Ross

    The recent implementation of e-mail as a communication tool for sailors and their families during deployment has introduced a new variable to the dynamics of separation and maintaining relationships with loved ones. Anecdotal reports from both...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Another Assault on Accountability?
    By Lieutenant Patrick J. Burns, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For the past decade, our Navy has suffered through a seemingly unending sequence of scandals and embarrassments, often perpetuated by groups with political agendas that stood to benefit from discrediting the military. As a consequence, the Navy...

  • We Can Be Ready in Peacetime
    By Ensign Roland G. Backhaus, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    The cramped life of submariners should lead to stress and declining readiness—but it doesn't. The longer they're out at sea, the more ready they become...

  • Move Up—Not Out
    By Ensign Melissa Sullivan, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Keeping sailors from leaving ships is not just a job for policy makers in Washington. All junior officers need to know how and why they are on the front lines of...

  • Understanding the Gap
    By Second Lieutenant Timothy Strabbing, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Many members of the military find it easy to talk down to those on the outside when it comes to moral and social issues. Closing the civil-military gap, however,...

  • Has NATO Overstepped Its Bounds?
    By Ensign Ryan Vest, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    The anger of many Russians at the NATO bombing of Serbia and Kosovo in the spring of 1999 largely was ignored in the West. Such cavalier dismissals may become...

  • Baby Number One
    By Captain Ralph K. Brooks, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the summer of 1949, I reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Annapolis, Maryland. For the previous two years I had been stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Aiea Heights, and the Tripler Army Hospital, both in Hawaii. As an...

  • An Aerospace View of Urban Operations
    By John L. Berry and Joseph Ellis

    And the worst policy is to attack cities. Attack cities only when there is no alternative .... The general, unable to control his impatience, will order his troops to swarm up the wall like ants, with the result that one-third of them will be...

  • Book Reviews

    The Last Battle: The Mayaguez Incident and the End of the Vietnam War

    Ralph Wetterhahn. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001. 334 pp. Photos. Maps. Notes. Index. $27.00 ($24.30).

    Reviewed by Colonel Merrill L....

  • Naval Systems: Dahlgren to Showcase Sea Service War Fighting
    By Ed Walsh

    Groundbreaking Navy and Marine Corps land-attack technologies will be in the spotlight this month as the 2001 Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (JWID) kicks off in the second week of July. JWID 2001 will feature a three-weeklong series...

  • Points of Interest: Congress Not Keen on Forcing Disabled Retirees to Choose
    By Tom Philpott

    President George W. Bush's 2002 budget request, unveiled in early April 2001, calls on Congress to require all military retirees eligible for health care both through the military and Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals to "enroll...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Royal Australian Navy's third Anzac-class, German MEKO 200ANZdesign frigate, the Warramunga, was commissioned on 31 March 2001. The 3,600ton, 27-knot frigate is the first RAN ship to be equipped to launch the Evolved Sea...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Give Them a Sense of Pride, and They'll Stay
    By Pete Stevens

    I have spent the best part of 35 years as a deckplate research-and-development engineer and manager in surface antisubmarine warfare. I may not have as much total underway time, but I believe I have seen a much wider sample of ships than most...

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