Proceedings Magazine - November 2002 Vol. 128/11/1,197

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Sea Shield will project defense beyond what any navy has been able to accomplish—i.e., deep inland against cruise and ballistic missiles. This Standard Missile III fired...



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  • Sea Shield: Projecting Global Defensive Assurance
    By Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi and Vice Admiral Mike Mullen, USN

    Sea Shield will project defense beyond what any navy has been able to accomplish—i.e., deep inland against cruise and ballistic missiles. This Standard Missile III fired from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70)...

  • Marine Corps Snaps
  • Sea Basing: What's New?
    By Colonel Art Corbett, USMC, and Colonel Vince Goulding, USMC (Ret.)

    "If we get this concept of seabasing right, it might well be one of the most transformational things the Department of Defense, and our naval forces, will ever do. We will, most importantly, offer our nation a truly...

  • The History of Sea Basing
    By Commander Paul Nagy, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Sea Basing has been a characteristic of navies since the first warships went to sea. The three most familiar examples of Sea Basing are for tactical air power, strategic nuclear deterrence, and Marine amphibious operations. Yet the Navy's...

  • One Team—One Fight
    By Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England

    In the year following the tragic attacks of 11 September, we have deployed more than 80,000 Sailors and Marines outside the United States in the war against terrorism. Thousands more have supported their efforts and provided security at home and...

  • Preparing for War Takes Study and Open Debate
    By Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, USMC (Ret.)

    When the U.S. military fails to confront a problem squarely, external powers often impose the solution. Ineffectual military efforts to improve "jointness" resulting in subsequent passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense (...

  • Lest We Forget: Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 333 (VMFA 333)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 333 (VMFA-333) was activated on 1 August 1943 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, as Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 333 (VMSB-333). The squadron’s SBD Dauntless dive bombers were posted to the garrison at...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Keep All Super Hornets at Oceana"

    (See D. Denneny, pp. 104-106, October 2002 Proceedings)

    Laura Henderson—As the wife of an active-duty Marine Corps officer, the daughter of a retired Air Force...

  • World Naval Developments: United States Must Deal with Iraq
    By Norman Friedman

    A year's distance offers some perspective on the events of 11 September 2001. It seems more and more likely that Osama bin Laden chose such spectacular attacks specifically to inspire Muslims worldwide to unite behind him, so that he could...

  • Marines Can Self-Deploy in Southeast Asia
    By Colonel Fred Wenger III, and Major Allen D. Broughton, USMC

    The Marine Corps always has been expeditionary and proud of the culture that goes with that capability. As our sister services become more agile, deployable, and expeditionary, we have been refining the art. Nowhere is expeditionary culture more...

  • Marine Corps Snaps
  • The Truth about Peleliu
    By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR

    During the afternoon of 23 September 1944, the hollow-eyed, scraggly, exhausted, numb survivors of the 1st Marines began to disengage from contact with the Japanese defenders on Peleliu, as the Army's 321 st Infantry relieved them. Since the...

  • Get More from Naval Test Pilots
    By Lieutenant Commander Mark A. Johnson, USN

    The Naval Military Personnel Command works hard to fill the highest-priority billets and meet the career-advancement requirements of all personnel. Still, traditional career paths do not always meet the needs of the service or its people. A new...

  • Eco Regs Endanger Combat Training
    By Captain Lee H. Rosenberg, USN

    What do California Least Terns, Southwestern Arroyo Toads, and 1st Marine Division amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) have in common? They are endangered species. Their habitat lies in the Southern California Coastal Zone, which largely has been...

  • NROTC Needs the Corps' Martial Arts Program
    By Major Scott E. Ukeiley, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) mission is to train and educate qualified young men and women for service as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. As the single largest source of Navy officers, the NROTC fills a vital need by...

  • Homeland Security Challenges DoD
    By Commander Lawrence K. Zelvin, U.S. Navy

    What a difference a year makes. After the tragic events of 11 September, a topic reserved largely for government and academic insiders exploded into the national debate over how best to preempt, prepare, and respond to attacks on the United...

  • Meteorology Must Play a Bigger Part in Planning
    By Rear Admiral Thomas Q. Donaldson V, U.S. Navy

    At a recent precision targeting workshop, a carrier air group (CAG) commander gave an impressive presentation on the manner in which his squadrons had conducted strike operations during a recent deployment off Afghanistan. I thoroughly enjoyed...

  • We Must Improve Tactical Aircraft Targeting
    By Arch Turner

    The United States has invested heavily to field the world's most capable tactical aircraft (TacAir) forces. Their state-of-the-art technologies deliver unequaled availability, reliability, and mission effectiveness. In addition to superb...

  • Five Steps For Retaining High-Tech Marines
    By Major Curtis E. Moore II, USMC

    Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay Contest

    Retaining those essential Marines with expertise in technical fields presents a unique challenge to Marine Corps leaders.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Surface Ships Need More Divers
    By Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Thomas Monaghan III, U.S. Navy

    Terrorists have targeted our ships in port and provoked warnings from our government about scuba-diver attacks. In wardrooms there have been heated discussions about how to respond to divers in the water close to our ships. The Navy has the...

  • Book Reviews

    Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines

    James Brady. New York: St. Martin's, 2002. 341 pp. $24.95 ($22.45).

    Reviewed by Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... SWOs at Sea Worked for Me
    By Ensign Megan H. Rich, U.S. Naval Reserve

    I was intrigued by a recent article on the revamped training pipeline for new surface warfare officers. These officers now will be sent directly to their ships for six to ten months before they attend a two-to-six-week streamlined Surface Warfare...

  • Naval Systems: DD(X) Pushes Electric Machinery
    By Ed Walsh

    The restart of the DD(X) surface combatant program following the General Accounting Office's August decision to deny General Dynamics' protest of the Navy's DD(X) contract award in April to the Gold Team will speed the pace of...

  • Points of Interest: Seriously Disabled Regain Priority Access to VA Care
    By Tom Philpott

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has adopted a two-phase program to restore priority access at its hospitals and clinics to severely disabled veterans. In recent years, these veterans have had to compete for care with veterans with far...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The French Navy's Georges Leygues-class destroyer Primauguet, here on 9 September, nears completion of the installation of broad hull strengthening strakes amidships, just below the upper deck level. Earlier this year,...

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