Proceedings Magazine - August 2001 Vol. 127/8/1,182

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The Navy has a long history of experimenting with (and rejecting) vertical/short take-off and landing fighters. With the advent of Joint Strike Fighter (hovering at left is...



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  • Up, Up and Away
    By Captain Charles H. Brown, USN (Ret.)

    The Navy has a long history of experimenting with (and rejecting) vertical/short take-off and landing fighters. With the advent of Joint Strike Fighter (hovering at left is Boeing’s demonstrator), it is time for the Navy...

  • Thanks, R.G.
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, USMC (Ret.)

    You could walk into any club on any Naval or Marine Corps air station from Breezy Point to Cubi and it would be there: that unforgettable image.

    If it was your airplane or your ship—wonderful. But no matter. It was somebody’s...

  • DD-21: Another Seawolf?
    By Captain David Lewis, USN

    The full repercussions of canceling the Seawolf (SSN-21) submarine program are just now being felt in the fleet. Can the Navy afford the consequences if DD-21 follows the same path?

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Vieques: Get Over It
    By Captain John L. Byron, USN (Ret.)

    God Bless Gordon England! In the new Secretary of the Navy's first noteworthy decision, he directed the Navy to abandon its weapons range at Vieques within two years and find a new place to train. In doing so, he got the Navy off a horribly...

  • Lest We Forget: USS Salamaua (CVE-96)

    USS Salamaua (CVE-96)

    Originally named Anguilla Bay (ACV-96), the USS Salamaua (CVE-96) was reclassified as an escort carrier on 15 July 1943, receiving the name Salamaua in November 1943 for...

  • Book Reviews

    Waging Modern War

    General Wesley K. Clark. New York: Public Affairs, 2001. 479 pp. Map. Photos. Index. $30.00 ($27.00).

    Reviewed by Admiral Charles S. Abbot, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Transformation Is a Trap
    By Merrick Carey

    Few people have looked in detail at what the high priests of transformation actually are advocating. With the world awaiting the study by Andrew Marshall, now might be a good time to do so.

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Consolidation Is the Game in Paris

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marflak

    The late aviation artist R.G. Smith was one of only a few civilians-- among them Jimmy Doolittle-awarded the distinction of being named as an Honorary Naval Aviator. Through the years, 32 Proceedings covers featured R.G.'s art.

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Another Assault on Accountability?"
    (See P. Burns, p. 87, July 2001 Proceedings)
    "Interview: Stephen Coonts"
    (See F. Schultz, pp. 68-70, July 2001 Proceedings)
    Lieutenant Christopher Krus, U.S. Navy—...

  • Naval Close Air Support Should Be a Priority
    By Major Tim J. MacKenzie, USMC

    Close air support is an important job that should receive more attention from the Navy. Facilities at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada provide effective training, but more-sophisticated ranges—such as for urban warfare training—...

  • Commanding NATO Operations from the Sea
    By Vice Admiral Mike Mullen, USN

    Capitalizing on the flexibility and mobility of their headquarters on board the Mount Whitney (JCC-20), the staff of NATO's Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic, stands ready to respond to alliance tasking.

  • Never Give Up in the War for People
    By Master Chief Anthony A Evangelista, USN

    There's a war on—for the hearts, minds, and labor of today's sailors. Senior leaders have engaged the retention issue—now the fight shifts to the leaders at the tactical and operational levels to win the war for the right...

  • It's Time to Think as One Navy
    By Commander Mark Hagerott, USN

    The current personnel system is incapable of evolving beyond the traditional warfare communities—read platforms. A new personnel system needs to build the Navy's brains of the future by making room for new knowledge areas and the...

  • EC-121 Down!
    By Commander Richard A. Mobley, USN

    One of the lingering mysteries of the Cold War is the 15 April 1969 North Korean shoot-down of a U.S. Navy EC-121M aircraft from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) 90 miles off North Korea's shores. This unusual incident was costly...

  • Dead Man Walking
    By Lois Gruendl

    Dead man walking. That is how my brother described my situation during a brother-sister "how's it going" chat. Yes, I know it is not original, but I really liked its applicability to my current situation, and I have adopted it for...

  • Use Spot 7 on Carriers
    By Commander Anthony Vanaria, U.S. Navy, and Amy Hunger

    When the angled deck was introduced in the early 1950s, naval aviation witnessed a leap in capability as well as a fundamental change in carrier flight operations. For the first time, the carrier could concurrently launch and recover fixed-wing...

  • Real-time Targeting: Myth or Reality?
    By Anthony R. Wells

    The U.S. Navy's Fleet Battle Experiments Alfa and Bravo in 1997 set the stage for what may prove to be as decisive a shift in naval capabilities as introduction of the submarine, battleship, and aircraft carrier. However, unlike these...

  • Loss of Numbers Was a Punishment
    By Lieutenant Commanders Eugene and Jay Fidell, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Retired)

    Until 1999, when President Bill Clinton abolished it, "loss of numbers" was a permissible court-martial sentence in the sea services. Although this historical footnote may appear to be just "inside baseball" for military...

  • Deepwater or Deep Trouble
    By Thomas S. Hoback

    Creating a national security cutter could be more demanding than building the much-vaunted DD-21 guided-missile destroyer. The U.S. Coast Guard "asked for the moon" in its Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) replacement project, which...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Want to Fix Retention? Start by Fixing Tri-Care
    By Captain Bill Toti, U.S. Navy

    I recently got an eye exam. Nothing remarkable, you say? I disagree. In fact, I am amazed I got in at all.

    It was a five-month trek to obtain medical care. I knew I needed bifocals. I was having trouble reading, I was getting headaches,...

  • The Foglights of War
    By Captain Daryl Grissom, USMC

    Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest

    Professional reading is vital for illuminating the dark corners of the world of war.

    World War II Army General George S. Patton once said:

  • There but for the Grace of God
    By Captain Dick Couch, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Senator Bob Kerrey's revelations earlier this year about his experiences in Vietnam shocked the nation, but he was not alone in witnessing the brutality of that war. For those who were SEALs like then-Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerrey,...

  • U.S. Navy: Carrier Conundrum Continues
    By Norman Polmar

    One of the major issues facing the Bush administration's defense team is the future course for aircraft carriers.

  • Oceans: Seeking the Bismarck
    By Don Walsh

    She was the pride of the German Navy and the most powerful battleship in the world when commissioned in 1940. With a displacement of 53,000 tons, she carried eight 15-inch guns in four turrets and a secondary battery of twelve 6-inch guns in six...

  • Points of Interest: Rumsfeld Team Retrieves Reins of Military Medicine
    By Tom Philpott

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his senior staff have rejected a push by the Joint Chiefs to create a joint medical command or some other military-led entity to control what uniformed leaders worry are runaway TriCare costs.

    Not only...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Indian Navy offshore patrol ship Subhadra, seen here as a presidential reviewing platform during the February 2001 naval review off Mumbai, was modified last year to serve as a launch platform for the 250-km-ranged Dhanush ballistic...

  • Lest We Forget
    By Eric Wertheim

    Originally named Anguilla Bay (ACV-96), the USS Salamaua (CVE-96) was reclassified as an escort carrier on 15 July 1943, receiving the name Salamaua in November 1943 for the New Guinea town liberated by Allied forces...

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