Proceedings Magazine - December 2001 Vol. 127/12/1,186

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In the maritime war on drugs, one question haunts the Coast Guard: How can we stop the go-fast? These high-speed vessels, ranging from 30- to 50-feet long and boasting two or more powerful...



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  • The Need for Big Speed
    By Commander Jim Howe, USCG

    In the maritime war on drugs, one question haunts the Coast Guard: How can we stop the go-fast? These high-speed vessels, ranging from 30- to 50-feet long and boasting two or more powerful outboard engines, have been the prime means for smuggling...

  • Are We Really at War?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gary D. Solis, USMC (Ret.)

    President George Bush declared that the United States is at war in his 20 September address to Congress. This "war on terrorism" in response to the 11 September attacks raises questions about the meaning of the term...

  • If It's War, Treat It That Way
    By Captain Michael C. Farkas, USAR

    From the moment we were subjected to the horrors of 11 September, few have disagreed with President George Bush's call for swift and decisive "justice." It is perhaps safe to assume that most Americans—myself included—...

  • Kamikazes, Q-Ships & Carrier Defense
    By Colonel Martin N. Stanton, USA

    Lacking a significant blue-water capability with which to counter U.S. striking power, potential opponents might turn to unconventional means. Protecting U.S. naval combatants in port, at sea, and in restricted waters will...

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Transport Sheridan (APA-51)
    By Eric Wertheim

    Built by the Moore Dry Dock Company in Oakland, California, the attack transport Sheridan (APA-51) was acquired from the Maritime Commission and entered service with the Navy on 31 July 1943. On 20 November 1943, the Sheridan...

  • The Pendelton Rescue
    By Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard

    It has been 50 years since First Class Boatswain's Mate (BM1) Bernard Webber and his volunteer crew of three took their 36-foot wooden motorized lifeboat out over the Chatham, Massachusetts, bar in 60-foot seas and 70-knot winds and rescued...

  • "Transformation" Is an Old Game
    By Terry J. McKearney

    Despite official claims that transformation remains a primary goal, the tragic events of 11 September and subsequent military operations aimed at terrorist organizations have moved the George W. Bush administration's plans for restructuring...

  • World Naval Developments: Fighting Far from the Sea
    By Norman Friedman

    The United States has not been involved in a shooting war like the current one since 1945. That was the last time we fought an enemy who, unchecked, wanted to destroy us. It also was the last time we fought what amounted to an unlimited war. When...

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    The Naval Institute was honored by a recent visit from Australia's Chief of Navy Vice Admiral David J. Shackleton, right, a Naval Institute member since 1989. His interview in Beach Hall discussing Australia's contribution to the war on...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Corps since Vietnam: Changed for the Better?"

    (See S. Forsberg, pp. 65-67, November 2001 Proceedings)

  • Keep the Pressure on the Bad Guys
    By Captain Dan Moore Jr., USN

    The Hunter Network—linking the shooters with real-time intelligence on the ground—gives the United States the capability to make kill decisions measured in minutes. F/A-18 Hornet shooters from Strike Fighter Squadron 86, launching...

  • This Afghan War Is Different
    By Michael Radu

    Early analysis of the U.S.-British military actions against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan seemed to accept that the prospects for military success in that country were poor. The major premises of this conventional wisdom, however, were...

  • They Underestimated the Americans
    By Augustine H. Kobayashi

    America's enemies have a tendency to underestimate the United States and its people. One of the initial reactions to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., was to say that it was a second Pearl Harbor. Those who said...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Pentagon versus the Media: Still at War?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    The President, the op-ed warriors, the talk-show pundits, everyone who manages to publicize his opinion, all keep reminding us that our response to terrorism really is a new and different kind of war. They are right, of course. But there is a...

  • Too Tired to Tell?
    By Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard

    First Honorable Mention, Coast Guard Essay Contest

  • Unless There Was a Death
    By Dr. Dennis L. Noble, Senior Chief Marine Science Technician, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Second Honorable Mention, Coast Guard Essay Contest

    From 1915 until the end of World War II, there were two U.S. Coast Guards: the cutter branch and the lifesaving branch. In general, headquarters tended to leave the lifesaving...

  • Interview: John Lehman

    Proceedings: Where were you, and what was your reaction, on 11 September?

    Lehman: I was in Washington for [former Commandant of the Marine Corps General] P. X. Kelley's 50th anniversary party on the...

  • Air Defenses After Kosovo
    By James Hasik

    Before reflecting yet again on the brilliant success of NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia, think back to a campaign of almost 30 years ago. The 1973 Arab-Israeli War produced very different tactical results—if similarly ambiguous...

  • On Condition of Anonymity
    By Lieutenant Commander Bill Hamblet, USN

    What are sailors and junior officers learning from flag officers' off-the-record criticisms of the Vieques decision? Anonymous expressions of outrage to the press send a message that it is not safe to disagree openly and that it is...

  • Stealth Means Survivability
    By James H. King

    Approaches to reducing a surface ship's signatures range from evolutionary alterations to ships' structures to revolutionary designs that could change completely our concept of the warship. To achieve the latter, stealth must be part...

  • Pearl Harbor's Lost Hero
    By Thomas O'Brien

    Countless acts of bravery on 7 December 1941 helped save the lives of many. Sixty years later, the material symbol of one man's courage on that day remains unclaimed.

    Pearl Harbor was one of the greatest disasters in U.S....

  • 'A Terrible Resolve'
    By Lawrence H. Suid

    Even with its lack of dramatic tension and its surplus of wooden, two-dimensional characters, the film Tora! Tora! Tora! was reasonably accurate in its portrayal of the 7 December 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. To be sure...

  • Professional Notes

    Building Coast Guard Leaders

    By Lieutenant Commander William J. Wolter, U.S. Coast Guard

    I have the best job in the Coast Guard. I lead my service's future officers through the shoal waters of the Coast Guard...

  • The USO Still Serves

    The USO continues its tradition of entertaining deployed American troops. Launching this year's holiday season, a number of entertainers and officials joined the new Chairman of the USO's Celebrity Circle, Wayne Newton-here, in his Navy...

  • Book Reviews

    War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals

    David Halberstam. New York: Scribner, 2001. 543 pp. Bib. Index. $28.00 ($25.20).

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Paul G. Johnson, U.S. Naval Reserve (...

  • U.S. Navy: What Happened to DD-21?
    By Norman Polmar

    On 1 November 2001, the Navy announced the end of the DD-21 program that was initiated almost a decade ago to develop a specialized land-attack destroyer. In its place, the Navy has established a new DD(X) program "to more accurately reflect...

  • Oceans: Commission on Ocean Policy: Just Another Committee?
    By Don Walsh

    By any measure the United States is the world's greatest sea power, yet this is a nation that has no real strategic plan for its ocean future—a plan that would facilitate coordination, prioritization, and funding of the national...

  • Points of Interest: Bank's Refusal to Drop Loan Rate Seen as Violating Reservist's Rights
    By Tom Philpott

    A federal judge in Monroe, Louisiana, has cleared the way for an unprecedented court showdown next year between a multibillion-dollar bank and a reserve Army officer. The officer claims his business failed after his nine-month deployment to...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Royal Saudi Navy frigate Al Riyadh began sea trials this September. To be delivered next July by France's DCN, Lorient, the 4,650-ton, 25-knot, diesel-powered ship is not scheduled to enter active service until April 2003. Also ordered in...

  • Always Test History for Relevancy
    By Adam B. Siegel

    Historical analogies often serve as tools to explain the world we confront today or expect for tomorrow. In foreign affairs, the pre-World War II "appeasement of Munich" provides one of the most powerful images. For the U.S. military,...

  • Notebook
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  • Kursk Bodies and Missiles Emerge
    By Norman Polmar

    The Russian Navy has begun removing bodies, missiles, and equipment from the submarine Kursk. Following her remarkable salvage in early October, the Kursk, suspended under the heavy-lift ship Giant 4 and supported by...


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