U.S. Navy: Seeking Heroes

by Norman Polmar
May 2001
On 9 March 2001, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) introduced a bill to authorize the President to promote posthumously Raymond Ames Spruance to fleet admiral of the U.S. Navy. "It ...

Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments

By David L. Parsons
May 2001
As this issue of Proceedings went to press, the new administration was involved in extensive review of Department of Defense (DoD) programs and had yet to put its imprint on ...

Congressional Watch

By Bradley Peniston
May 2001
For military-minded lawmakers, the month of March 2001 was a quiet one on Capitol Hill—far too quiet. Accustomed to receiving presidential defense budget proposals by late February, members of Congress ...

Notable Naval Books of 2000

By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2001
Reminders of military anniversaries appear month after month on our calendars. Independence Day, Veterans Day, VE Day, VJ Day—the list of holidays grows inexorably, all of them times to demonstrate ...

The Old Breed Passes: Tom Lea and Eugene Sledge

By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
May 2001
Two eminent chroniclers of the World War II combat experience—one an artist, both of them authors—passed away in 2001. Their legacies remain, however, for all time in paint and ink. ...

Nobody Asked Me, But ... Equal Work Demands Equal Pay

by Lieutenant James R. Lamar, U.S. Navy
May 2001
There are numerous earnings and leave inequalities between different military service branches—specifically the deployed forces of the Navy and Air Force assigned to the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility—that ...

The Coast Guard in Review

By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
May 2001
In transit off the mid-Atlantic coast, a former cruise shin radios for help. Manned by a skeleton crew of 34, one of her two engines has failed and water is ...

Combat Fleets

By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
May 2001
HMS Albion , the first of two long-awaited assault landing ships for Britain's Royal Navy, was launched by BAE SYSTEMS' yard at Barrow on 9 March for delivery in March ...

Confessions of a Reformed Revolutionary

By Bill Toti
May 2001
Reform ain't revolution. Last July, Proceedings published my article, "Stop the Revolution; I Want to Get Off," wherein I tried to make the point that many of the goals espoused ...

The U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
May 2001
The nation's premier force in readiness once again fulfilled its legislated role in the past year, serving in every clime and place, and meeting new expeditionary challenges. The Marines also ...
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Interview: George F. Will

May 2001
The civil-military gap isn't bad, says the syndicated columnist and news commentator, who talked recently in his Washington office with Naval Institute editor Fred L. Schultz.

We Have a Really Short Bench

By Thomas B. Fargo
May 2001
Defending our interests this century will mean dealing with unresolved wars, the proliferation of cruise missile, ballistic missile, and submarine threats, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, cyberwarfare, rising nationalism, and ...
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Punk's War

By Commander Ward Carroll, USN
May 2001
In this excerpt from the Naval Institute Press's new novel, a young lieutenant known as Punk and his backseater, Spud, wrestle with where to take their fuel-starved Tomcat after a ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman
May 2001
An investigation of what happened to the Navy's EP3-E and the resulting crisis with China, including an analysis of U.S. and Navy strategy toward China.

Lest We Forget: Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132)

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2001
Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) was established on 3 January 1984 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, as a unit of the newly established Carrier Air Wing 13 (CVW-13). VFA-132—equipped ...

Bridging the Civil-Military Divide

By Lieutenant Kenneth E. Harbaugh, U.S. Navy
May 2001
First Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Many ideas have been floated, but conspicuously absent is any plan to reinvest the military in society through domestic operations. The military is ...

Regaining the Trust

By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy
May 2001
Second Honorable Mention, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Officers and sailors throughout the fleet have the impression that their senior leadership no longer has the best interests of sailors, the Navy, ...

Publisher's Page

By Tom Marfiak
May 2001
Commander Ward Carroll autographed his new novel, Punk's War, at the recent Annual Meeting. Eerily relevant as world tensions increase, Punk's War, excerpted on pages 74-76, tells the inside story ...

The U.S. Navy In Review

By Scott C. Truver
May 2001
In Aden, the young man stood up for holy war and destroyed a destroyer feared by the powerful," Osama bin Laden said, reciting a poem in late February 2001. She ...

Comment and Discussion

May 2001
"A Public Relations Disaster" (See J. Byron, p. 2, April 2001 Proceedings ) Lieutenant William L. Sommer, U.S. Navy —Captain Byron's discussion of the Navy's mishandling of the USS Greeneville ...

Abandon Ship!

By Lorraine Naquin Tyler
May 2001
In the foreword and afterword to the fine new edition of Abandon Ship! (New York: Harpercollins, 2000) by Richard Newcomb, author Peter Maas refers to then-Captain Naquin's role as "pivotal ...

The Challenge of Prolonged Peace

By Captain Joseph F. Bouchard, USN
May 2001
Navy leaders have been making herculean efforts since the end of the Cold War to ensure that the Navy is provided adequate resources to carry out its many challenging missions. ...

Where Is China's Navy Headed?

By Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.)
May 2001
It is not at all clear what role China sees for its People's Liberation Army Navy. Will it remain merely a coastal naval force, or does China have ambitions of ...

Sea Change in Shipping

By John G. Fox
May 2001
Naval power has been associated closely with the protection of commercial shipping since before warships protected the growth of Athens's trading empire. For 400 years, the British Empire expanded according ...

Admirals Strike a Blow for the Press

By Elias P. Demetracopoulos
May 2001
A Greek journalist untangles an unsavory web, exposing a high-level plot to have him fired from one of the most respected newspapers in the United States. His offense: Publishing interviews ...