Proceedings Magazine - November 2001 Vol. 127/11/1,185

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When the terrorist incident occurred at the Pentagon, I had just finished breakfast with General James Jones, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I had left the building about ten minutes before...



  • How Ready Are We?
    By Commander James R. Knapp, USN

    The mismatch between readiness reporting methods and the fiscal realities of training causes readiness to be reported at lower levels than expected. Commanders-in-chief need a picture that synthesizes operational tasks and the real-world...

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  • Go After Them and Eliminate Them
    By James Webb

    When the terrorist incident occurred at the Pentagon, I had just finished breakfast with General James Jones, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I had left the building about ten minutes before the airliner hit it. When I reached my office,...

  • Cashiering Freedom for Security
    By J. Michael Brower

    The United States is engaged in a war of intimidation—as both victim of and avenging angel for the events of 11 September. As the price of security, Americans must be prepared to cashier some freedoms, much treasure, and many lives....

  • Who Are Our Quiet Warriors?
    By Major General David L. Grange, USA (Ret.)

    Battle cries like "Rangers Lead The Way," "Night Stalkers Don't Quit," "Who Dares Wins," and "Oppressor Libre" represent the special operations units that have become an increasingly critical part of...

  • Cowinner, Marine Corps Essay Contest Legion: Lessons for Today's Marines
    By Major William J. Bowers, USMC

  • Cowinner, Marine Corps Essay Contest: Warfighting Brought to You by . . .
    By Major Jeffrey L. Cowan, USAF

    . . . several people, but most notably, an unlikely source. The groundwork for the way the U.S. Marine Corps does business was laid by none other than a retired Air Force officer, the irascible John Boyd.

  • National Security Depends on Deepwater
    By Lieutenant Commander Gregory J. Sanial, USCG

    The U.S. Coast Guard, the nation's fifth armed service, faces an organizational crossroad. The key to its continued existence as an armed force may lie in the service's often-overlooked role in national security.

    The Coast Guard...

  • Lest We Forget: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) was activated at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, on 16 November 1942 as Marine Night Fighter Squadron 531 (VMF[N]-531), the Marine Corps’ first night-fighter squadron. A cadre of the squadron...

  • Needed: Civilian and Military Leaders
    By Frank G. Hoffman

    Former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig's August 2001 Proceedings review of Tom Ricks's A Soldier's Duty (New York: Random House, 2001) adroitly captured the major plot elements and accurately critiqued the...

  • World Naval Developments: Striking bin Laden
    By Norman Friedman

    The time that has elapsed since the 11 September attack on the United States provides some perspective. It now appears that Osama bin Laden intended the attack as catalytic. His medium-term goal apparently is to extend a Taliban-style rule (with...

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    We have embarked on a long and arduous voyage, one that will test our mettle as a nation and as a people. Each one of us, in uniform or out, young and old alike, has role a to play. While we must go on, we must not forget those who will never...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Publisher's Page"

    (See T. Marfiak, p. 2, October 2001 Proceedings)

  • Channeling Our Outrage
    By Perry M. Smith

    As a small boy, I was on the way to Sunday school in Honolulu and witnessed, from the back of an Army truck, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I have been very interested in that seminal event in world history and have studied the work of many...

  • The Fleet Is Ready
    By Admiral Robert Natter, USN

    Our response to the terrorist attacks on the United States will be directed against an enemy more elusive, devious, and inhumane than that confronted by any other generation of American fighting men and women. The defeat of this fanatical enemy...

  • Ready for the Campaign Ahead
    By Admiral Thomas Fargo, USN

    We have talked often in recent months about what it takes to defend our interests in the 21st century and to deal with unresolved wars, the proliferation of new and old threats, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, cyber-warfare, rising...

  • Coast Guard Answers 9/11 Call
    By Captain Joe Conroy, USCG (Ret.)

    Even as most Americans were just learning of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard already were springing into action, conducting rescue operations and protecting our ports and...

  • Homeland Security: Impossible?
    By Captain Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR

    Governor Tom Ridge's responsibilities as director of the Office of Homeland Security raises interesting questions about the federal government's preparedness for the 21st century. The terrorist attacks in New York and Virginia made it...

  • Actions We Must Take
    By Senior Chief Robert S. Lanham, USN

    As I see it, there are four key issues that must be addressed tin the war against terrorism:

  • The Dark Side of Globalization
    By Eloise Malone and Arthur Rachwald

    Like an earthquake, the 11 September attacks will be followed by aftershocks reverberating around the world with unexpected consequences. Abrupt and dramatic changes will result. Among the most compelling will be shifts in the patterns and pace...

  • Forces Fighting for Enduring Freedom
    By John D. Gresham

    More than most U.S. military actions since the end of the Cold War, Operation Enduring Freedom has been cloaked in a justifiable shroud of operational secrecy. So great has been the desire of the Bush administration to protect the details of this...

  • An Indian View of War on Terrorism
    By Commodore R. P. Khanna, Indian Navy (Ret.), and Lalit Sethi

    Indians share the grief and shock of the Americans over the gruesome attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 11 September 2001 that took more than 5,000 lives. We have been impressed by the American determination to wipe out terrorism...

  • The Faith behind the Terror
    By Lieutenant Commander David G. Kibble, RNR (Ret.)

    You should pray, you should fast. You should ask God for guidance .... Continue to recite the Qur'an. Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly matters.... You will be entering the happiest life, everlasting life." So read the...

  • We Must Win This New War
    By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)

    We are at war. Is our military prepared? Yes, if you are asking about readiness levels and willingness to fight. But the answer is less positive when we look at the suitability of our military planning, force structure, and operational...

  • Globalization Gets a Bodyguard
    By Thomas P. M. Barnett and Henry H. Gaffney Jr.

    Definitions of U.S. national security never will be the same after 11 September 2001. Americans now have a costly bodyguard in the form of a Homeland Security Council which could impact globalization on many fronts. Here, National Guard...

  • Reform Is Overdue
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeff Macris, U.S. Navy

    If anything good comes from September's World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies, let it be that the U.S. Navy—12 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall—finally will reorient its focus away from the Cold War and toward one that...

  • The Corps since Vietnam: Changed for the Better?
    By Steven J. Forsberg

    Second Honorable Mention, Marine Corps Essay Contest

    The Marine Corps has come a long way since 1971, when potential recruits were told brashly that the Corps wouldn't promise them a rose garden. Modern drill instructors...

  • All Bleeding Stops Eventually
    By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    Confidence in leadership directly affects operational success in war, and one facet of command responsibility that has a forceful impact on this confidence is the establishment of an effective medical support system. The significance of medical...

  • When Medical Support Falls Short
    By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    History provides less than sanguine evidence of the periodic neglect of medical support factors by combat arms leadership.


    As described by Colonel John L. Beeston of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps at Gallipoli...

  • The Air Force Is Disarming Itself
    By Colonel Everest E. Riccioni, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    As the price of platforms and weapons skyrockets, the number that can be acquired falls—and air superiority could be the real casualty.

  • A Debt of Blood
    By James Zumwalt

    In April 2000, North Korea's foreign minister, Paek Nam-sun, visited Vietnam. While traveling the country, he stopped to pay his respects at a cemetery in Bac Giang province that contains the graves of 14 North Koreans interred there more...

  • A Visit to Voi
    By Chuck Searcy

    My staff members Trung and Son agreed to come along for the excursion to Bac Giang and help me locate the North Korean veterans' cemetery. I had asked my friend Professor Nguyen Ngoc Hung for some guidance on locating the cemetery. He said...

  • Sensors Are the Missing Ingredient
    By Lieutenant Commander Barry Miller, U.S. Navy

    Today's combat environment dictates JL that battlefield management be oriented to precision force application, especially in surveillance, reconnaissance, and precision weapon delivery. Commanders and mission planners must consider the impact...

  • The Future Maritime Prepositioning Force
    By Major John M. Curatola, U.S. Marine Corps, and Lieutenant Commander Robert Bovey Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Marine Corps' expeditionary maneuver warfare concept includes use of sea bases to facilitate various operational functions as well as logistic support. The sea base will be composed of both the amphibious task force (ATF) and the future...

  • Dog Company Defends at Dawn
    By Captain Keith Kopets, U.S. Marine Corps

    First Lieutenant H. J. "Hog Jaw" Smith, commander of Dog Company, 5th Marines, gazed down from a ridgeline overlooking the Inchon-Seoul Highway and surveyed the terrain. After assaulting Inchon Harbor the day before and advancing six...

  • UAV 101
    By Commander William H. Johnson, U.S. Navy

    Recent events have thrust unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the national security debate. At least some of the resistance to them lies in a lack of understanding as to how they "work," especially when judged against assumptions that...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Force Protection Means Getting Back to Basics
    By Commander Joseph B. Thomas Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve

    It's a different world. We now talk about force protection for home ports and other places that seemed safe only a couple of months ago. In spite of that, the Navy remains a forward-deployed force, and our most challenging force protection...

  • Book Reviews

    Chesty: The Life and Times of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

    Jon Hoffman. New York: Random House, 2001. 696 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50).

    Reviewed by Captain Tim Bairstow, U.S. Marine...

  • The U.S. Navy: Transformation, Terrorism, and the QDR
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy is facing its most critical period since the end of the Cold War more than a decade ago. The coalescence of the Bush administration's transformation effort, the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the...

  • Naval Systems: Marine Corps Starts Air Command-and-Control Upgrade
    By Ed Walsh

    The command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) directorate of the Marine Corps Systems Command has kicked off an ambitious effort to develop and field a common aviation command-and-control system, or CAC2S, for the Corps...

  • Points of Interest: Reserve Families to See Better Medical Benefits
    By Tom Philpott

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in mid-October significantly improved TriCare benefits for the families of reservists activated for the war on terrorism. The changes were seen as a significant factor in a broader effort to ease the sudden,...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Royal Netherlands Navy's brand-new guided-missile frigate De Zeven Provincien will commission on 18 April 2002. Seen here on 3 September while on initial sea trials, the 6,048-ton ship is expected to be fully operational in...

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