Proceedings Magazine - August 2002 Vol. 128/8/1,194

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The information age has revolutionized the way we fight wars, make decisions, and gather information—allowing leaders such as Vice Admiral Michael Mullen, then-...



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  • Leadership Is More Valuable Than Technology
    By Lieutenant Martha Dunne, USN

    The information age has revolutionized the way we fight wars, make decisions, and gather information—allowing leaders such as Vice Admiral Michael Mullen, then-Commander Second Fleet, to conference with President...

  • Enough Marine Air on Carriers Already
    By Captain Sean B. Garick, USMC

    Marine tactical aircraft such as this VMFA-251 F/A-18 in afterburner launching from the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) have flown hundreds of sorties in integrated carrier air wings in the war on terrorism over...

  • It's All in the Family
    By Rear Admiral Charles Hamilton and Rear Admiral Donald Loren, USN

    The new Surface Combatant Family of Ships, that is. Complementing the existing highly capable Aegis fleet, the DD(X), CG(X), and Littoral Combat Ship will bring access and forcible entry capabilities, long-range fires, and...

  • Constancy Amid Great Change
    By Admiral Thomas H. Collins, USCG

    After 11 September, the Coast Guard focused on the enormous task of protecting the U.S. marine transportation system—here, the Midgett (WHEC-726) steams past a merchant vessel. Since then, some resources have been...

  • Coast Guard Is "Ready Now"—As Is
    By Rear Admiral Sid Wallace, USCG (Ret.)

    The U.S. Coast Guard is an amalgam, formed over two centuries from multiple agencies of varying character but each fundamentally related to the sea. The service has been tempered and shaped by challenging missions in war and peace. Its...

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Transport Menard (APA-201)
    By Eric Wertheim

    Launched on 11 October 1944, the attack transport Menard (APA-201) was commissioned on 31 October 1944. The Menard arrived in mid-March 1945 at Leyte Gulf, where she prepared for the upcoming invasion of Okinawa and set sail for...

  • Life's Rules
    By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    What follows is a compendium of axioms and aphorisms sure to bring glory and happiness to naval officers who seek out their wisdom.

    On the Profession & One's Posture as a Naval Officer

    1. Justice will triumph, right prevail...

  • Transforming Isn't Just Chanting Slogans
    By David L. Grange

    Transformation is not a buzzword for a future state of readiness, but a continuous process of preparedness for handling the battlefield of today and forecasting what will be on the battlefield tomorrow. Plans and actions are adjusted constantly...

  • World Naval Developments: Coast Guard Prepares for Larger Role with Deepwater Funding
    By Norman Friedman

    Late in June, the Coast Guard awarded the Integrated Coast Guard Systems consortium a multiyear contract for its transformation under the Deepwater project. The total value of the contract, in current dollars, is $16.95 billion, including $11.04...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "UAV: Unemployed Aviators Vanquished?"

    (See A. Winberry, pp. 84-85, July 2002 Proceedings)

    Commander Sean Clark, U.S. Naval Reserve, Strike Fighter Squadron 201—While I appreciate Ensign Winberry...

  • Deepwater Will Provide Homeland Security
    By Rear Admiral Patrick Stillman, USCG, and G. Giddens

    Conceived as an innovative approach to Coast Guard procurement, Deepwater's emphasis on interoperability of communications and data sharing also will provide the maritime domain awareness vital to homeland security.

  • Ready to Surge
    By Lieutenant David L. Teska, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    Coast Guard reservists put their lives on hold to respond to natural disasters such as floods and manmade threats such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With the prospect of more of both kinds of disasters (including a biochemical attack), much...

  • History Is Part of Semper Paratus
    By Master Chief William Wells, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The U.S. Coast Guard is bound tightly to the best, and worst, elements of the naval, military, maritime, and political history of the United States. No one can deny Coast Guard history is difficult to untangle. It is a complex mix of cross-...

  • Jump-Starting Coast Guard History
    By Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    The near-total lack of a meaningful program to document and record U.S. Coast Guard history (aside from the World War II years) is obvious. And my personal experience supports this inescapable fact. After cadet "swab summer"...

  • Servicing Science Near the South Pole
    By William Sutton

    Coast Guard icebreakers are always a welcome site at McMurdo Station, situated just 850 nautical miles from the South Pole on Ross Island. The main U.S. station in Antarctica, it was constructed in 1956 in the prelude to research conducted across...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Flag List
  • Asymmetric Warfare—On Our Terms
    By Commander R.V. Gusentine, U.S. Navy

    The conventional wisdom on the asymmetric threat posed by terrorist groups such as al Qaeda portrays the United States as a lumbering giant and the terrorists as a nimble swarm of bees we can neither defend against nor target successfully. While...

  • Make the SSGN Truly Transformational
    By Captain James H. Patton Jr, USN (Ret.)

    President George W. Bush's statements on transformation of the U.S. military rarely are associated with specific programs, with two exceptions—the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle and the conversion of Ohio (SSBN-726)-class...

  • So You Want to Be a Department Head?
    By Lieutenant Commander Fred W. Kacher, USN

    Surface warriors aspire to command ships, not serve as department heads. Department heads are sometimes viewed as the Navy's middle managers, a prejudice with consequences that do not serve the Navy well. First, the job's reputation...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Get the Blimps into the Game
    By Captain William G. Armstrong Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve

    In the current state of heightened awareness, it is comforting to think that on board the big blimp over your stadium, beaming images of a ball game to television viewers, there could be a security officer in direct contact with command centers...

  • The Coast Guard Needs Better Tactical Intel
    By Captain Wayne Gibson, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Joe DiRenzo III, U.S. Coast Guard

    To be successful at both homeland security and law enforcement missions while balancing the needs of many other missions—such as search and rescue and maintaining aids to navigation—the Coast Guard will have to make radical changes in...

  • It's the Cartridge, Stupid—Not the Rifle
    By Major Anthony F. Milavic, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The Marine Corps is considering a change in service rifle from the M-16A2 to either the M-16A4 Rifle or the M-4 Carbine. Unfortunately, all three weapons suffer from a common shortcoming: the impotent 5.56-mm NATO cartridge. Merely changing...

  • SWOs Should Be Specialists, Not Generalists
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael L. Crockett, U.S. Navy

    You are commanding a warship in a combat zone and responsible for the lives of 300 crewmembers and millions of dollars' worth of equipment. While executing a sensitive high-priority mission, you find yourself alone and under attack by an...

  • The Fleet Needs Rotary-Wing UCAVs
    By Lieutenant Commander Steven Wills, U.S. Navy

    In the late 1950s the U.S. Navy began experimenting with weapon-carrying drone helicopters as a means of upgrading the undersea warfare capabilities of Gearing (DD-710)- and Allen M. Summer (DD-692)-class destroyers. Many of...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Friendly Fire Kills Allies and Support
    By Frank Morgret

    On the evening of 17 April 2002, "A" Company of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, while conducting a night live-fire exercise in Afghanistan, was struck by a 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bomb dropped...

  • Book Reviews

    The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Spy Ship

    A. Jay Cristol. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 2002. 320 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $27.50 ($24.75).

    Reviewed by Rear Admiral Paul...

  • U.S. Navy: Small Surface Combatants: Another Try
    By Norman Polmar

    After several years of avoiding the subject, the Navy is givng serious attention to the construction of a class of small surface combatants, currently referred to as littoral combat ships (LCSs). The Navy is negotiating with the Titan Corporation...

  • Points of Interest: Veto Warning Shadows Gains on Concurrent Receipt
    By Tom Philpott

    Despite a veto threat from the Bush administration, Congress moved this summer to restore full retired pay to some, if not all, career military retirees who draw tax-free veterans' disability compensation for service-related injuries or...

  • Oceans: Exploring the Deepest Oceans: The 3% Solution
    By Don Walsh

    The deepest place in the World Ocean is 35,840 feet (nearly seven miles). This is the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. It was here in January 1960 that the U.S. Navy's bathyscaph...

  • Navy Women Celebrate 60 Years of Service
    By Marie Bennett Alsmeyer

    A young Navy WAVE in her new Mainbocher uniform and just out of storekeepers school in Bloomington, Indiana, was assigned to duty in Bremerton, Washington, where she learned that the reception awaiting women in the Navy was less than enthusiastic...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Chartered by the U.S. Navy along with her crew and attached to Special Boat Squadron Two at Little Creek, Virginia, until September, the 260-ton Royal Norwegian Navy rigid-sidewall surface-effect guided missile patrol craft Skjold (...

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