Make the SSGN Truly Transformational

By Captain James H. Patton Jr, USN (Ret.)
August 2002
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
August 2002
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 ...

Navy Women Celebrate 60 Years of Service

By Marie Bennett Alsmeyer
August 2002
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 ...

Book Reviews

August 2002
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 ...

The Fleet Needs Rotary-Wing UCAVs

By Lieutenant Commander Steven Wills, U.S. Navy
August 2002
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 ...

SWOs Should Be Specialists, Not Generalists

By Lieutenant Commander Michael L. Crockett, U.S. Navy
August 2002
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, ...

It's the Cartridge, Stupid—Not the Rifle

By Major Anthony F. Milavic, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
August 2002
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 ...

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
August 2002
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 ...

So You Want to Be a Department Head?

By Lieutenant Commander Fred W. Kacher, USN
August 2002
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 ...

Asymmetric Warfare—On Our Terms

By Commander R.V. Gusentine, U.S. Navy
August 2002
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 ...

Enough Marine Air on Carriers Already

By Captain Sean B. Garick, USMC
August 2002
Marine tactical aircraft have flown hundreds of sorties in integrated carrier air wings in the war on terrorism over Afghanistan. But there is a limit to how many squadrons the ...

Servicing Science Near the South Pole

By William Sutton
August 2002
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 ...

Jump-Starting Coast Guard History

By Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
August 2002
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 ...

History Is Part of Semper Paratus

By Master Chief William Wells, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
August 2002
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 ...

Ready to Surge

By Lieutenant David L. Teska, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
August 2002
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 ...

Deepwater Will Provide Homeland Security

By Rear Admiral Patrick Stillman, USCG, and G. Giddens
August 2002
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. Five ...

Comment and Discussion

August 2002
"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's look at the ...

Transforming Isn't Just Chanting Slogans

By David L. Grange
August 2002
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 ...

Life's Rules

By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2002
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 ...
Port bow view of the USS Menard (APA-201) underway, circa 1954, off Point Loma, San Diego, Californi

USS Menard (APA-201)

By Eric Wertheim
August 2002
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 ...

Coast Guard Is "Ready Now"—As Is

By Rear Admiral Sid Wallace, USCG (Ret.)
August 2002
Moving the Coast Guard to President Bush's new Department of Homeland Security should not include any restructuring of the service.

Constancy Amid Great Change

By Admiral Thomas H. Collins, USCG
August 2002
After 11 September, the Coast Guard focused on protecting the U.S. marine transportation system. Since then, some resources have been pulled back for more traditional missions, but it will never ...

It's All in the Family

By Rear Admiral Charles Hamilton and Rear Admiral Donald Loren, USN
August 2002
Complementing the existing highly capable Aegis fleet, the new family of surface combatants—DD(X), CG(X), and the Littoral Combat Ship—will bring access and forcible entry capabilities, long-range fires, and precision strike ...

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