Proceedings Magazine - December 2002 Vol. 128/12/1,198

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Sea Strike focuses on the offensive. It uses both lethal and nonlethal effects to attack key enemy targets. It involves not only strike aircraft (here, the Joint Strike...



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  • Sea Strike: Projecting Persistent, Responsive, and Precise Power
    By Vice Admiral Cutler Dawson, USN, and Vice Admiral John Nathman, USN

    Sea Strike focuses on the offensive. It uses both lethal and nonlethal effects to attack key enemy targets. It involves not only strike aircraft (here, the Joint Strike Fighter) and cruise missiles, but also Marines,...

  • Put a Swat Team on Every Ship
    By Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mullin, USA, and Lieutenant Jon Bartee, USN

    In the war on terror, the force protection and maritime interdiction missions are becoming more important—and more dangerous. Every ship needs a well-armed tactical team trained to successfully and safely handle these...

  • 'Look Truth Right in the Eye': Interview with Colonel David H. Hackworth, USA (Ret.)

    The highly decorated U.S. Army veteran, prolific journalist, television commentator, and author of several books, including his latest, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts (New York: Rugged Land LLC, 2002), talked recently with...

  • Scuds Against Al Jubayl?
    By Adam B. Siegel

    In February 1991, a single Iraqi Scud splashed harmlessly into the waters of the Arabian Gulf 150 meters from the massive commercial pier at Al Jubayl in Saudi Arabia. Had this missile landed on the ammunition-laden pier, or...

  • Lest We Forget: USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656)
    By Eric Wertheim


    Launched on 19 December 1943, the Fletcher (DD-445)-class destroyer USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656) was commissioned on 2 August 1944. On 27 October 1944, she transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Iwo Jima on 19...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Countering Attack Sub Shortfalls"

    (See E. Labs, pp. 46-50, September 2002 Proceedings)

  • Junior Officer Retention Weighing the Options
    By Rear Admiral Richard E. Brooks, U.S. Navy

    During my career, I've spent many hours on junior officer retention. Like most senior officers, I've spoken with scores of junior officers in an attempt to better understand the issue and to come up with solutions. The bottom line,...

  • Enemy Combatants Should Worry Us
    By Gary D. Solis

    We should be concerned about the al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Naval Base. Almost 600 prisoners are held there because of their alleged status as illegal combatants in Afghanistan. Significantly, their Cuban location puts them...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Disarmament Poses Difficulties

    Marx wrote that history repeats as farce rather than as drama (he had Louis Napoleon, who became Napoleon III, in mind, with Napoleon himself as the subject ot the original historical drama...

  • In Command in the Gulf
    By Commodore James Goldrick, Royal Australian Navy

    It was just before midnight on a June evening in the north Arabian Gulf when I entered the combat information center of the USS Cushing (DD-985). As I expected, the night was getting busy. The Cushing's commanding officer...

  • Brokering the Coast Guard's Resources
    By Vice Admiral James Hull, U.S. Coast Guard

    In his annual message to Congress in December 1862, Abraham Lincoln recognized, "The dogmas of the tranquil past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, subsequently we must rise with the occasion....

  • JSF & UCAV Aren't the Answer for the Navy
    By Lieutenant Commander Richard K. Harrison, U.S. Navy

    A stealth vehicle traveling through hundreds of miles of heavily defended enemy territory to deliver a single weapon on a tactical target—the concept behind both the Joint Strike Fighter and the unmanned combat aerial vehicles—is...

  • Finding the Moral High Ground in Iraq & Beyond
    By Lieutenant Commander David G. Kibble, Royal Naval Reserve (Retired)

    International opinions remain mixed about whether military action is appropriate to counter Saddam Hussein’s buildup of weapons of mass destruction. Increasingly, countries must make clear that their motives and strategies for conflict...

  • 100 Years Ago: T.R. Averts Crisis
    By Lieutenant Commander Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy

    From 8 to 18 December 1902 the future of U.S., British, German, and Venezuelan relations hung in the balance as the U.S. Navy established itself as the nation’s preeminent instrument of diplomatic influence. At the helm of this push for...

  • Driving the Aegis Cruiser
    By Commander K. S. J. Eyer, U.S. Navy

    Having served in five cruisers, I like to imagine that, while not an artist by any means, I have developed a facility for handling these ships. Being a commanding officer (CO) certainly has compelled me to get much better at it than I was before...

  • The Corps Takes Aim at Maintenance Overhead
    By Major Chris Wagner, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marine Corps has undergone many changes in missions, tactics, equipment, and personnel, but one thing has remained the same—percentages of mission-capable equipment are used to measure and improve equipment readiness. Although this is...

  • Silence Often Is Misconstrued as Consent
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Darrin R. Mullins, U.S. Navy

    It started as a great flight from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Lakehurst, New Jersey. We were flying north to work with an old diesel submarine that was pulled out of mothballs so we could test a...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Defense Efficiency Is at Stake
    By Lee Gaillard

    The defense budget has received boosts for two years running—by $48 billion in 2002 and $34 billion more for 2003. The problem? None of these funds has been earmarked for long-term basic research and development, for interim replacement of...

  • Book Reviews

    Stormchasers: The Hurricane Hunters and Their Fateful Flight into Hurricane Janet

    David M. Toomey. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002. 314 pp. Photos. Bib, Index. $25.95.

    Reviewed by Commander Edward P. Stafford, U.S...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Seaman to Admiral: Don't Add to the Red Tape
    By Commander Mark Gorenflo, U.S. Navy

    Enterprising Navy leaders have many avenues by which to promote the advancement of their charges. One of these is the Seaman to Admiral program. In its most recent manifestation, this dates from the tenure of Admiral Mike Boorda as Chief of Naval...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The German Navy's five remaining Type 148 guided-missile patrol boats have been sold to Egypt, along with the Type 760 ammunition transport Odenwald and the Type 701E underway replenishment ship Glucksburg. The first of the...

  • Oceans: Lewis and Clark II: To Explore America's Coastal Oceans
    By Don Walsh

    At the turn of the 19th century, France's vast province of Louisiana was equal in size to the United States. It encompassed the lands between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. First Consul Napoleon intended that this would be his...

  • Points of Interest: Tuition Help Still Varies by Service
    By Tom Philpott

    The Department of Defense announced in November 2001 that tuition assistance for active-duty members seeking off-duty education would rise and that reimbursement rates would be made uniform across all branches of service. The uniformity is...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

     'Tis the Season for Giving

    We thank all the supporters whose gifts and pledges have strengthened the Naval Institute in 2002. Among other projects, their generosity fortified the essay and photo contests, made...

  • Notebook
  • See the World Through Their Eyes
    By Bradley C. Hosmer

    Before the British invented the Enigma decoding device and began reading the other fellow's mail, the term intelligence—at the national level—called up a different idea than it does today. Earlier practitioners of intelligence...

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