Proceedings Magazine - April 2002 Vol. 128/4/1,190

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  • Early Lessons from Enduring Freedom
    By Frank G. Hoffman

    Operation Enduring Freedom represents a remarkable victory. Clear direction from the top and operational excellence under difficult conditions are producing decisive results. The opening conflict of the 21st century has generated insights as to...

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  • Interview: Christiane Amanpour

    She has been visible most recently for her coverage of the war crimes tribunal of former Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic, her exclusive interview of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharref (pictured right), and...

  • Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet
    By Scott C. Truver

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Cargo Ship Whitley (AKA-91)
    By Eric Wertheim

    Launched on 22 June 1944, the attack cargo ship Whitley (AKA-91) was commissioned into service on 21 September 1944. She soon sailed with cargo for Hawaii, arriving there on 27 November. She took part in amphibious training exercises for...

  • Capture the Vision
    By Vice Admiral Mike Mullen, USN

    A testament to adaptability, the Navy-Marine Corps team led the joint campaign in landlocked Afghanistan—here, a Navy F-14 and F/A-18s en route to al Qaeda targets refuel with an Air Force KC-10 and Marines from the 15th Marine...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    British Acquire Air-to-Air Missile

  • Comment and Discussion

    "'We Were Great': Navy Air in Afghanistan"

    (See J. Nathman, pp. 94-96, March 2002 Proceedings)

    Captain Jim Conn, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—As timely as this article is, and as...

  • Fighter Pilots Face New Threat
    By Commander Charles Conners, USN

    Some top defense officials are pushing for an unmanned revolution that will take pilots out of the cockpit and change U.S. air power forever. A balance of manned and unmanned aircraft, however, may be the best recipe for the tactical missions...

  • An "E" Not Aimed
    By Lieutenant Commander Tim Unrein, USN

    Sometimes, good things happen when you're not looking for them.

    The captain rarely announced anything over the 1MC while the ship was under way, so we were surprised 'to hear his voice coming from the wardroom's...

  • For Those in Harm's Way
    By Major Stanton S. Coerr, USMCR

    In February 1995, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Anthony C. Zinni, then commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, came ashore in Mogadishu, Somalia, as commander of Operation United Shield. His mission was to oversee a safe and controlled...

  • 'We Stand by You'
    By Commanders of Six Navies

    Our presentation of responses from the commanders of the world's navies, begun in last month's Proceedings, continues with more answers to the question: "What is your Navy doing about the threat of international terrorism?...

  • We Are Lifesavers, Guardians, and Warriors
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The Coast Guard exists so that the United States may use the seas safely, fully, securely, and wisely. Rather than a straight forward humanitarian focus, the Coast Guard has a complex purpose from which all its maritime roles and mission flow...

  • Whipsawing the Service
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Nowhere is the lack of agreement over the Coast Guard's essence more discernible than with each Commandant who brings his own interpretation to the job. A comparison of some policies of two recent Commandants—Admiral Paul A. Yost (1986-...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... John F. Kennedy: Where Were the Chiefs?
    By Senior Chief Sonar Technician Robert K. Jackson, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After failing her Board of Inspection and Survey review, the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) underwent extensive last-minute repairs to get her ready for deployment to the Middle East, and her commanding officer was relieved.

  • The China Sailors' Homer
    By Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    His best-selling novel was set in the decade before, but Richard McKenna's later gunboat experience nonetheless qualified him to write about Navy life on the Yangtze River. Here, in "Far Yangtze Station," artist Tom Freeman...

  • Inside The Sand Pebbles
    By Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Read Richard McKenna’s nonfiction and you will find that he seemed to go out of the way to find the unusual person. While at Guam, for example, he met a very old man by the name Henry Millechamp, who “was the first child born in a...

  • Tomorrow's U.S. Fleet
    By Scott C. Truver

    President George W. Bush wants to put in place the most significant increase in defense spending since the first Reagan administration: $379 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2003, a $48 billion increase. Considerable sums will go to prosecute the war...

  • Marines Designate Antiterrorism Brigade
    By First Lieutenant Charles C. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps

    The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) was reactivated 29 October at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Shortly after the attacks on 11 September, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones, directed its designation as an...

  • When Precision Weapons Are Ballast
    By Lieutenant Commander Fred Turner, U.S. Navy

    As demonstrated by today's naval presence in the northern Arabian Sea, the Navy-Marine Corps team is the U.S. military's premier expeditionary and forward-presence force. The Navy is executing precision strikes from the sea, but its...

  • Targeting Systems Are Critical in Mountain Ops
    By Lieutenant Colonel Price T. Bingham, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    Airborne systems that use radar to detect, track, and target vehicles moving within a large area of the earth's surface provide extraordinary capabilities. Their use can make obsolete the assumptions regarding information on the location of...

  • Accelerate Transformation
    By Timothy W. LaFleur

    The debate over the need for and pace of transformation in he armed forces ended on 11 September with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. With stunning and tragic clarity, the terrorists brought to light the national security...

  • Book Reviews

    The Destruction of the Bismarck

    David J. Bercuson and Holger H. Herwig. New York: Overlook, 2001. 385 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50).

    Reviewed by Tim Mulligan

  • This Naval Flight Officer Has Come a Long Way
    By Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After just a few minutes of conversation, you know you are in the presence of a warrior. His dialogue stresses people, weapon systems, and how to get hits on a target. He is reminiscent of Admiral William Sims, who was more concerned about...

  • Oceans: 'Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink'
    By Don Walsh

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 18th-century Rime of the Ancient Mariner described a vast empty sea where its fictional sailors had no fresh water. Now, in the 21st century, this phrase aptly describes a spreading global water shortage.

  • Points of Interest: Despite Growing Pains, TriCare for Life Delivers Savings
    By Tom Philpott

    Donald R. Green, a 79-year-old retired Navy chief in Bremerton, Washington, says TriCare for Life (TFL) is saving him and his wife a combined $250 a month in health insurance premiums.

    Rosie McVeigh of Long Beach, Mississippi, the widow of...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Libyan Navy's amphibious landing ship Ibn Harissa is seen undergoing a refit at Croatia's Kraljevica Shipyard during 2001. The yard, which previously had repaired Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's yacht, is reported to have...

  • Notebook
  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Bring Back the Privateer
    By Lieutenant Commander David Douglas Winters, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We have a security problem. We cannot stop the import of illegal drugs. We cannot stop illegal immigration. And now we know we cannot stop terrorists. Much like our Revolutionary War forefathers, we do not have the assets we need to protect...

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