Proceedings Magazine - January 2002 Vol. 128/1/1,187

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Given the religious component of so many of today's hostilities, chaplains can and should play a larger role in peace making and conflict prevention.



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  • We Neglect Religion at Our Peril
    By Dr. Douglas M. Johnston

    Given the religious component of so many of today's hostilities, chaplains can and should play a larger role in peace making and conflict prevention.

  • Are We Already Transformed?
    By Dr. Norman Friedman

    Despite the hand-wringing over transformation, the Navy’s history of dispersed operations has made it much more net-centric than the other services—as demonstrated by its ability to fire precision weapons such...

  • Asia: The Military-Market Link
    By Dr. Thomas P. M. Barnett

    China could be the world's largest auto market by 2020, increasing its oil needs by 40%. The Pentagon and Wall Street must understand their interrelationship: economic and political stability are crucial to reducing...

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144) originally was established as VA-116 on 1 December 1955 at NAS Miramar, California. Equipped with F7U-3M Cutlass fighters, VA-116 first deployed in April 1957 with Air Task Group Two on board the USS Hancock...

  • Are Sub Commanders Scapegoats?
    By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)

    The late Brazilian statesman Roberto Campos often said sarcastically, "It is less important to find solutions than scapegoats." This spirit seems to have informed some recent submarine force decisions involving...

  • Match Missile Defense and Tridents
    By Dean K. Vaughn

    The Navy has been reluctant to jump into the national missile defense fray—and for good reason. In an era of zero growth in force structure and the specter of decline in the budget out-years, a new mission would tax an already stretched...

  • World Naval Developments: The Revolution Arrives
    By Norman Friedman

    The war in Afghanistan has interesting implications for the ongoing development of network-centric warfare. The long-range U.S. air strikes, many of them prosecuted from carriers, exemplified the precision strike or long-range attack elements of...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "In Search of the Zero-Defects Monster"

    (See B. Hamblet, p. 48-49, October 2001 Proceedings)

    Midshipman P R. Buryk, U.S. Navy—I found Lieutenant Commander Hamblet's article reassuring. As a...

  • Net-Centric Is about Choices
    By Lieutenant Commander John D. Zimmerman, USN

    Network-centric warfare gives commanders the ability to operate along a continuum of command methods, from centralized to decentralized. Those commanders will make their choices in their combat information centers, such as this CIC of the...

  • V-22 Is Right for War on
    By Lieutenant General Keith Smith, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    I was a fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam. I knew that if I got shot down, a helicopter rescue force, which always was on standby, would operate to the limits of their capability to get me out. Consider today. If our pilots running bombing...

  • Seawolves Roll in Across the Mekong Delta
    By Commander David G. Tyler, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The labyrinth of rivers spilling onto the coastal flats of South Vietnam was a supply highway for the Vietcong. Mustered to curtail this traffic were U.S. Navy river patrol boats. But their vulnerability to enemy ambush called for support...

  • Military Presence in Asia Is Key
    By Colonel Drew A. Bennett, USMC

    U.S. military presence in Asia stands to be greatly reduced during the next quarter century. This will have extensive security implications throughout the region and will affect directly the readiness and warfighting capabilities of our joint...

  • Interview: David Shackleton

    Proceedings: How is the war in Afghanistan affecting your Navy, and how will your Navy play in its current phase?

    Shackleton: Our country is contributing to a coalition force in a package sense. The United...

  • Science and Innovation in the Arctic
    By Rear Admiral Jeffrey M. Garrett, U.S. Coast Guard

    After extensive ice trials, the nation's newest polar icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) ushers in a new era in science support and shipboard innovations.

  • New Command Unifies the Fleet
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy

    With the standing up of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Navy fleets on both coasts will be able to draw on a single organization to achieve standard training, tactics, and procedures, and to operate seamlessly around the world.

  • Streetfighter Is a Viable Response
    By Lieutenant Richard Arthur, U.S. Naval Reserve

    When terrorists attacked the Cole (DDG-67) in October 2000, they put out of action hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military hardware for a year. Such new threats to warships demand new approaches to fighting in the littorals; smaller...

  • All-Electric Ship: Sirloin or Just Sizzle?
    By Captain Pierre G. Vining, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    To take full advantage of the all-electric design's flexibility and power density, the Navy should consider a direct-current power grid with super-conducting, direct-current homopolar generators and propulsion motors.

  • Lessons from the Bridge Wing
    By Captain Keith J. Allred, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy

    'I left the bridge that day a better and stronger officer, as confident that I could conn the ship to the pier the next time as if I had successfully done so that day. I had learned by failing as much as I might have learned by succeeding...

  • Global Positioning System - Our Achilles' Heel?
    By John A. Hancock and Robin M. Pettit

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an incredible technology. It can provide location data to within a horizontal accuracy of 36 meters for civilian users and to within 15 meters for military users. During Operation Desert Storm, the world...

  • Simulation Systems Can Train Marines
    By Major John M. Manson, U.S. Marine Corps

    Few would dispute that training is the key to the Marine Corps' success in "every clime and place." However, there is considerable disagreement over how it should train to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Training technologies and...

  • Fleet Validates Joint Mission Force Concept
    By Vice Admiral James W. Metzger, U.S. Navy

    One reality of the post-Cold War political-military landscape is that U.S. military operations must be increasingly joint and combined to maximize scarce resources. Service and unified commanders have grappled for years with how best to integrate...

  • Approach Paperless Navigation with Caution
    By Lieutenant Commander Glenn NI. Hopson, U.S. Navy

    In a recent update to the fleet, the surface warfare leadership said the Navy plans to deploy two battle groups using certified electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) in 2002, and ensure the entire Navy can navigate "...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... The Navy Isn't Serious about Using UAVs
    By Lieutenant Commander Julie A. Fenimore, U.S. Naval Reserve

    "Go find targets!" That was the guidance given to the operators of one of six simulated Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during Fleet Battle Experiment India. Rather vague? One could come up with a number of different reasons...

  • Book Reviews

    Russia's Arms and Technologies, the XXI Century Encyclopedia, Vol. 3: Naval Weapons

    Nicholas Spassky, ed. Text in Russian and English. Moscow: Arms and Technologies, 2001. 631 pp. Photos. Charts. Index. $495.00. This...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Are Support Aviation Aircrews Left Behind?
    By Commander T. J. Block, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy is an interesting study in culture. I can say that now, having served for 27 years in submarines and with the surface forces, with NATO, and in two major naval aviation communities. Each group has its own rich traditions and history...

  • Naval Systems: Missile-Defense Combat System Gets Sea Test
    By Ed Walsh

    The Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops Island, Virginia, is collaborating with the Aegis shipbuilding and Navy area theater ballistic-missile defense (TBMD) program offices to prepare for an at-sea test in February 2002 that will measure...

  • Points of Interest: Transformation Chief Wants New Approach to Weapon Development
    By Tom Philpott

    Getting prototypes of new weapon systems into the hands of operators quickly is key to turning the U.S. military into a more efficient and effective fighting force, says retired Navy Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, the Pentagon's new...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Although the Blohm + Voss MEKO RMN design was selected in October 1997 for the hotly contested contract for up to 27 offshore patrol ships for the Royal Malaysian Navy, the construction contract for the first six ships was not signed until...

  • Notebook
  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Why Are Marines in Afghanistan?
    By Captain Bob Krumm, U.S. Army

    Does it bother anyone else that the Marines are the first "regular" forces in Afghanistan? Afghanistan has no littoral access, and yet operating in littorals is the Marines' bread-and-butter mission. Marine Corps doctrine states...

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