Up, Up and Away

By Captain Charles H. Brown, USN (Ret.)
August 2001
Although the Navy has experimented with short take-off/vertical landing aircraft in the past, now is the time to move toward a STOVL Joint Strike Fighter to complement big-deck carriers.

Use Spot 7 on Carriers

By Commander Anthony Vanaria, U.S. Navy, and Amy Hunger
August 2001
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 ...

Lest We Forget

By Eric Wertheim
August 2001
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
August 2001
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 ...

Oceans: Seeking the Bismarck

By Don Walsh
August 2001
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 ...

U.S. Navy: Carrier Conundrum Continues

By Norman Polmar
August 2001
One of the major issues facing the Bush administration's defense team is the future course for aircraft carriers. The modern aircraft carrier is the most capable and flexible warship afloat. ...

There but for the Grace of God

By Captain Dick Couch, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
August 2001
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 ...

The Foglights of War

By Captain Daryl Grissom, USMC
August 2001
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 ...

Deepwater or Deep Trouble

By Thomas S. Hoback
August 2001
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) ...

Loss of Numbers Was a Punishment

By Lieutenant Commanders Eugene and Jay Fidell, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Retired)
August 2001
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 ...

Real-time Targeting: Myth or Reality?

By Anthony R. Wells
August 2001
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 ...

Dead Man Walking

By Lois Gruendl
August 2001
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 ...

Thanks, R.G.

By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, USMC (Ret.)
August 2001
R.G. Smith was an extraordinary naval aviation artist whose mechanical engineering background added authenticity and detail to his paintings. His death in May 2001 marked the end of an accomplished ...

EC-121 Down!

By Commander Richard A. Mobley, USN
August 2001
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) ...

It's Time to Think as One Navy

By Commander Mark Hagerott, USN
August 2001
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 ...

Never Give Up in the War for People

By Master Chief Anthony A Evangelista, USN
August 2001
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 ...

Commanding NATO Operations from the Sea

By Vice Admiral Mike Mullen, USN
August 2001
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. ...

Naval Close Air Support Should Be a Priority

By Major Tim J. MacKenzie, USMC
August 2001
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

August 2001
"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—As a former ...

Publisher's Page

By Tom Marflak
August 2001
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, ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
August 2001
Consolidation Is the Game in Paris One of the more striking features of the recent Paris Air Show was the amalgamation of nearly all European missile systems under the single ...

Transformation Is a Trap

By Merrick Carey
August 2001
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 ...

Book Reviews

August 2001
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) Retired Army ...

Lest We Forget: USS Salamaua (CVE-96)

August 2001
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 ...

DD-21: Another Seawolf?

By Captain David Lewis, USN
August 2001
The submarine construction community finds itself in an intractable situation as a result of the cancellation of SSN-21. Could the same thing happen with DD-21 and the shipbuilding infrastructure?