Proceedings Magazine - September 2002 Vol. 128/9/1,195

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The Hornet and the Harrier are the Marine Corps' strike aircraft of today, but the next generation is on its way. With the weapon-carrying capacity and range of a...



  • One Year Later: Frozen in Time
    By Captain William J. Toti, USN

    Sidebar: 'I'm Alive!'

    Most Americans have images etched in their minds from the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. But relatively few can recall as...

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  • A Leatherneck JSF Is Just Right
    By Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Tomassetti, USMC

    The Hornet and the Harrier are the Marine Corps' strike aircraft of today, but the next generation is on its way. With the weapon-carrying capacity and range of a conventional aircraft—and the basing flexibility...

  • Justice Still Not Served in Bob Stumpf's Case
    By Commander Ward Carroll, USN (Ret.)

    The story has all the makings of a summer blockbuster: a clean-cut American boy realizes his lifelong dream of flying jets from aircraft carriers. He brilliantly answers his nation's call in a time of war and goes on to command his own...

  • Iraq—Let's Look before Leaping
    By Major Roger D. Carstens, USA

    With possible military action against Iraq looming, members of Congress are discussing the need for President George W. Bush's administration to submit its aims and strategy to a war resolution vote. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

  • Lest We Forget: Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 22 (VR-22)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 22 (VR-22) was established on 15 October 1984 at Naval Station Rota, Spain. The Medriders were formed as a separate squadron with personnel and four C-130F...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Enough Marine Air on Carriers Already"

    (See S. Garick, pp. 62-64, August 2002 Proceedings)

    Colonel John D. Jogerst, U.S. Air Force, Special Operations Chair, Air University—It's always good to...

  • Presidents and Nuclear Weapons
    By Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN

    President George W. Bush is taking flak from the media (and others) concerning the recent nuclear arms treaty with Russia that calls for significant reductions in the size of our strategic stockpiles. Thus, it would be useful at this point to...

  • World Naval Developments: Chinese Military Faces Obstacles to Modernization
    By Norman Friedman

    In June, television viewers in western China were surprised to find a Falun Gong propaganda program on the main satellite television channel. The broadcast went out on most of the ten channels of Central Television and on ten provincial channels...

  • USO Continues to Serve
    By Richard Weaver

    Ned Powell's corner office at the United Service Organizations (USO) World Headquarters at Washington, D.C.'s, historic Navy Yard sits just a short distance away from where he served as a yeoman attached to the administrative staff of the...

  • The Skyhawk Turns 50
    By Lieutenant Commander Roger Pyle, U.S. Navy

    On 13 September 2002, with no fanfare and little official recognition, the A-4 Skyhawk will achieve an unbelievable first in the history of U.S. naval aviation. On that date, the A-4, Ed Heinemann's Hot Rod, will mark its 50th year. Not an...

  • I'm Alive
    By Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer USN (Ret.)

    It started as a beautiful morning. As I drove from my home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to the Pentagon, I recall my mind wandering to a family fishing trip planned for later in September. I had been working on the staff of the Chief of Naval...

  • Small Ships and Future Missions
    By Commander Stephen H. Kelley, USN

    Why does the U.S. Navy build such large surface warships? Would it not be more prudent and cost-effective to build large numbers of smaller ships, especially when antiship cruise missiles are so common worldwide?

    These are reasonable...

  • Countering Attack Sub Shortfalls
    By Dr. Eric J. Labs

    In his November 2000 Proceedings article, then-Rear Admiral Albert Konetzni, then the commander of the Pacific Fleet's submarine force, asked the question: "How many nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) do we need?" Now, in...

  • Enduring Freedom: Making Coalition Naval Warfare Work
    By Captain Phil Wisecup and Lieutenant Tom Williams, USN

    The naval component that provided support to Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2001 to April 2002 was impressive in the sheer number of ships, aircraft, and nations involved. Yet the true significance of the coalition naval support effort...

  • Space-Based Radar Lets the Navy See It All
    By Gordon Roesler and Allan Steinhardt

    Dramatic changes are occurring in the Navy's roles and missions. New ships, planes, and weapons are being procured for the Chief of Naval Operations missions of sea strike, sea shield, and sea basing—delivering ordnance on target,...

  • Adventures in Hispaniola
    By Major Damon Fields, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Pope, U.S. Air Force, and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sharon, U.S. Army

    Lying at the northeast edge of the Caribbean Sea, Hispaniola is home to two very different nations—the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Today, the Dominican Republic prospers, with more than 35 years of relative political stability and a sound...

  • Exaggerating Threats Shortchanges the Future
    By Thomas J. Hirschfeld

    The assessment by U.S. military intelligence of the threat capability of potential adversaries drives the procurement process. But with the Cold War long over and with many potential security problems outside the strictly military realm,...

  • Handheld Computers Ease LSO Burdens
    By Lieutenants Kenneth W. Schneider and Michael C. LaPaglia, U.S. Navy

    Working in the trenches of naval aviation can be tough. Although the acquisitions process provides sophisticated aircraft and weapons, and the intelligence community strives to stay one step ahead of our adversaries, junior officers often have to...

  • Do Marine Air Planners Have What It Takes?
    By Captain Richard E. Petersen, U.S. Marine Corps

    To maintain the aerial combat advantage over future adversaries, the Marine Corps must be able to execute its observation, orientation, decision, and action loop faster than the enemy can counter it—and it must be able to communicate and...

  • Royal Navy's New Carriers Keep Options Open
    By Peter Almond

    With a measure of envy from the U.S. Navy, the British are well into designing two aircraft carriers that should considerably increase their naval strike capability—and Europe's—around the world. Unencumbered by legacy systems...

  • Upgraded ESM for Coast Guard Cutters
    By Fred Ilsemann

    As the Coast Guard's participation in homeland defense gains momentum, the service will need new and more powerful capabilities to fulfill its vital role in helping to ensure U.S. security. A model improvement program for enhancing the...

  • Use the Chiefs Mess
    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Having a solid chief petty officers (CPOs) mess is the difference between a good ship and a great ship. As an entity in a ship's company, the chiefs tend to run to extremes. They seem either to be running the ship or holing up in the mess and...

  • Aspire to Inspire
    By Lieutenant John R. H. Callaway, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest

    Whether completing underway replenishments or firing weapons, when it comes to leading as a division officer, rely on the basics and you will succeed.

  • F-14 Tomcats All the Way
    By Robert W. Freniere II

    Recently, my 12-year-old son wrote this letter to Vice Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, whom he met at a conference. Bobby, a "wanna-be" Naval Academy grad and future fighter pilot, is upset...

  • Book Reviews

    Black Aces High

    Robert K. Wilcox. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2002. 320 pp. Photos. Index. $24.95 ($22.45).

    Reviewed Commander R. J. Proano, U.S. Navy

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... A 21st-Century Draft Will Not Work
    By Chief Quartermaster Christopher Briem, U.S. Naval Reserve

    There is a growing movement for a new form of national military service. Some proponents see the draft as a sort of panacea for what is perceived to be a growing gap between military and civilian cultures. It is a knee-jerk reaction to a problem...

  • Naval Systems: Fleet Sensor Netting Debate Intensifies
    By Ed Walsh

    In July, the program executive office for theater surface combatants, through the Naval Sea Systems Command, awarded Solipsys a $21.5-million phase-three small business innovative research contract for development and testing of computer servers...

  • Points of Interest: State Laws Might Be Solution to Falling Draft Registration
    By Tom Philpott

    About one of every three American men turning 18 this year will fail to register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their birthdays, and therefore will be in technical violation of federal law.

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    Used as an example of the multipurpose Littoral Combat Ship in recently released U.S. Navy concept illustrations, the 239-foot, 38-knot Visby was delivered to the Swedish Ministry of Defense on 10 June and is seen here while on initial evaluation...

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