Proceedings Magazine - June 2002 Vol. 128/6/1,192

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On 5 April 2002, Rear Admiral Paul Sullivan (left), director of the U.S. Navy's Division of Submarine Warfare, presented Captain Charlie Rush with the Navy Cross at the...



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  • Submariner Receives Navy Cross
    Interview with Captain Charlie Rush, USN (Ret.)

    On 5 April 2002, Rear Admiral Paul Sullivan (left), director of the U.S. Navy's Division of Submarine Warfare, presented Captain Charlie Rush with the Navy Cross at the U.S. Naval Academy's Memorial Hall—for...

  • 'Open the Gates'
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, USMC (Ret.)
  • Keep the Military Neutral
    By Lieutenant Juan M. Garcia III, USN

    Politicians from both sides of the aisle have abused their relationship with the military—Admiral William Crowe raised eyebrows for his support of candidate Bill Clinton, and candidate George W. Bush found a useful link...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "We Can Fix Acquisition"

    (See D. Blair, pp. 48-52, May 2002 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Commander Mark Vandroff, U.S. Navy...

  • Cancel the Navy JSF
    By Lieutenant Commander Victor L. Vescovo, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The Navy Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a remarkable platform—and the Navy takes deserved pride in its carrier-based stealth strike capability. However, the Navy could use a combination of lower-cost programs that together would fulfill...

  • Fleet Commander Retires, 2030
    By J. F. Miskel, R. J. Norton, R. Ratcliff and D. A. Williams

    No doubt you expect me to use the occasion of my retirement as Commander of the Northern Fleet to convey my reflections after 30 years in the Navy and 10 years at the Northern Fleet. I will try to do so by highlighting the dramatic changes the...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Electronic Surveillance Becomes More Agile

  • Honoring Heroes, Remembering Victims
    By Commander Randy Bowdish, U.S. Navy

    In the aftermath of the tragic events of 9-11, with the nation still grieving over thousands of lives senselessly lost, a lone warrior silently passed away. Colonel William Barber died on 19 April 2002. Known for his gallantry at the Chosin...

  • Broaden the SSBN's Punch
    By Commander Ken Perry, USN

    For decades its nuclear capability has anchored U.S. defense policy and held nuclear-armed potential enemies at risk. Adding conventional weapons to the SSBN's payload would increase its deterrent effect against lower-scale conventional...

  • Subs Must Connect with the Fleet
    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., USN (Ret.)

    The submarine force needs to develop common communications capabilities with surface forces if it wants to be plugged in to today's naval operations. This new communications link should not, however, come at the cost of stealth.

  • Taking Command
    By Commanding Officers of Destroyer Squadron 23

    The shoulder boards, brass buttons, medals, and ribbons came out of the wooden case one after the other. The commander placed each item in its correct location almost without thought, rigging his uniform with a mechanical speed born of long...

  • Marching toward Athens?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley, USMC (Ret.)

    Dick Behrenhausen, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, was lobbing mortar rounds on the banks of the Severn River in Annapolis.

  • Midway Service and Sacrifice
    By Admiral Vern Clark, USN

    The Chief of Naval Operations pays tribute to the veterans of the greatest sea battle of World War II and draws parallels between the sacrifices of those men and the performance of today's sailors and Marines.

  • What Went Wrong at Midway
    By Lieutenant Commander Brian Falke, U.S. Navy

    Historians agree the Battle of Midway marked the turning point in the fight against a determined, war-hardened Japanese fleet. Despite the U.S. success, some mission failures resulted in loss of aircraft and lives. For the majority of the men...

  • Meeting the Need for Speed
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, USN

    High speed. Low cost. Multimission. Minimally manned. The high-speed wave-piercing catamaran Joint Venture could offer the agile, flexible response the Navy needs for the future.

  • 'There Are No Borders at Sea'
    By Admiral Toru lshikawa, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

    Japan committed naval forces outside its home waters for the first time since 1945 to support U.S.-led coalition operations in response to the 11 September terrorist attacks. Because there are no borders at sea, such multilateral naval...

  • Closing the Science-Sailor Gap
    By James E. Colvard

    More than 30 years ago, Proceedings published an article titled "The Bureaus Go On Forever." It traced the slow, steady rise and the stunningly swift demise of the Navy's material bureau system and showed clearly that the...

  • Technical Experts Are in the Reserves
    By Captain Nick Tredennick, USNR (Ret.)

    Technical reservists offer current commercial expertise and knowledge of commercial trends that may be otherwise inaccessible inside the Navy. For example, it is difficult for the Navy to retain active-duty engineering officers with advanced...

  • Handling the Arleigh Burkes - Part Three
    By Lieutenant Angus N. P. Essenhigh, Royal Navy, and Commander Michael T. Franken, U.S. Navy

    This note expands on the authoritative guidance in "Handling the Arleigh Burkes,” parts one and two, in the Proceedings of October 1994 (pp. 66-68) and July 2000 (pp. 85-86). The information here is new insofar as it...

  • Get the Right Technology to War Fighters
    By Brigadier General James M. Feigley, U.S. Marine Corps, Captain Robert B. Cook, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Colonel Gregory J. Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Superior technology increases the chances of victory on the battlefield, but winning or losing still depends on the ultimate smart weapon: people, such as infantrymen, who can take and hold ground. The Desert Storm and Kosovo campaigns sustain...

  • Arm Seahawks to Meet Low-Level Threats
    By Commander David Tyler, U.S. Naval Reserve

    A combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) fission is a highly complex evolution that requires detailed coordination. Fixed-wing assets in the CSAR team are capable of eliminating radar-guided missiles and enemy vehicles that recovery helicopters might...

  • Tactical Decision Support Subsystem Breaks with Navy Tradition
    By Operations Specialist Third Class Joel W. Inman, U.S. Navy

    After a successful maiden deployment, the USS Decatur (DDG-73) returned to home port in San Diego, California. Along with refitting that follows each deployment came a number of equipment changes, including one that would have a subtle...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Are We Really Getting Customer Service?
    By Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey, Barta, U.S. Navy

    Some of the greatest quality-of-life issues today involve the financial benefits of "staying Navy." A codicil to these issues focuses on the management and distribution of pay and service records through the personnel support detachment...

  • Book Reviews

    The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story

    John Laurence. New York: Public Affairs, 2002. 850 pp. Maps. $30.00 ($27.00).

    Reviewed by Jeffrey Record

  • U.S. Navy: Challenging Submarine Numbers
    By Norman Polmar

    After years of under funding, the [fiscal year] 2003 budget request ... represents a dramatic improvement for the Department of the Navy," Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England told the Senate Armed Forces Committee earlier this year. But...

  • Oceans: Two Weeks before the Mast
    By Don Walsh

    While one still can see "tall ships" at maritime museums and under way in occasional parades in seaports, most people believe the era of sailing merchant vessels ended in the late 1930s. Not true. It is alive and thriving, but instead...

  • Points of Interest: Ban on "Concurrent Receipt" to be Phased Out
    By Tom Philpott

    For decades, military retirees have complained to Congress about a 19th-century law that required their retired pay to be reduced, dollar for dollar, by the amount they received in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation for service-...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Mexican Navy Knox (FF-1052)-class frigate Mariano Abasolo (ex-USS Marvin Shields, FF-106 is seen this March during UNITAS exercises in the Caribbean displaying her new pennant number, assigned during a fleetwide...

  • Lest We Forget: USS Albany
    By Eric Wertheim

    The heavy cruiser USS Albany (CA-123) was the fourth U.S. warship to bear the Albany name. She was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company and launched on 30 June 1945, during the waning months of World War II, just in time for the...

  • Notebook
  • The Marines Have Quit Their Posts
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., USN

    Once again, this time in Afghanistan, "the Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand." Farther inland than they went to reach Mexico City in 1847, Marines again proved to be agile and capable instruments of national power....

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