Interview: Joe Galloway

February 2002
The coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young and a 40-plus-year veteran journalist talks to Proceedings about the movie being made based on his book and ...

In Peril in New York

By Lieutenant James L. Degnan, USNR (Ret.)
February 2002
With the entry of the United States into World War II, the SS Normandie, "Pride of France Afloat," was turned over to the Navy Department for conversion to a ...

Space-Based Weapons Are Wrong

By Sean J. Coleman
February 2002
Current discussions advocating placement of antiballistic missiles and other types of weapons in space are ill advised because they will leave U.S. forces and their evolving methods of command and ...

Combat Fleets

By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 2002
The final unit of a class of 19 degaussing tenders ordered for the Soviet Navy, the SR-253 was left incomplete at Poland's Northern Shipyard, Gdansk, after the collapse of the ...

The DSRV System

By Norman Polmar
February 2002
Fourteen days after the USS Thresher (SSN-593) was lost on 10 April 1963, Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth established the Deep Submergence Systems Review Group to examine all naval ...

U.S. Navy: Updating Submarine Rescue

By Norman Polmar
February 2002
The U.S. Navy is in the process of updating its submarine rescue capability with procurement of the Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS). Despite its atrocious title, the system ...

Book Reviews

February 2002
U.S. Naval Aviation Edited by H. Hill Goodspeed and Rick Burgess. Southport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin, 2001. 353 pp. Photos. Index. $75.00 ($67.50).By Captain Rosario M. Rausa, U.S. Naval ...

Stop Rogue Merchant Ships

By Hamlin A. Caldwell Jr.
February 2002
Merchant ships pose a dangerous threat in the hands of terrorists. They are ubiquitous, easy to obtain and operate, and can serve as minelayers, floating bombs, bridge busters, and launching ...

Make Performance Evaluations Work

By Commander William Snyder, U.S. Navy
February 2002
I propose that the Navy revise the schedule of reporting dates for fitness reports and enlisted evaluations. The cycle should be reversed, so that juniors are reported on prior to ...

Coast Guard Needs Enlisted Intel Specialists

By Ensign Wallace L Cannon, U.S. Naval Reserve
February 2002
It is an exciting time for the U.S. Coast Guard, with new challenges for the men and woman of this heavily committed service. The tragic events of 11 September made ...

Urban Combat Is Complex

By Russell W. Glenn
February 2002
The likelihood of U.S. forces having to conduct combat in urban areas grows. Understanding critical points and density in urban warfare can mean the difference between success and failure—and between ...

When Mom Wears Steel-Toed Boots

By Commander Sheila A. Scarborough, USN
February 2002
Juggling a fast-track Navy career with the demands of a family requires a fine sense of balance . . . and learning to live with half a loaf more often ...

A Legacy of Bravery

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Michael Files, U.S. Naval Reserve
February 2002
In the past 60 years, the U.S. Navy has honored the memory of ten brave African Americans by christening vessels in their names. The stories of these men, and their ...

Faster "Street-to-Fleet" for Naval Aviation

By Captain Albert J. Gallardo, U.S. Navy, Commander Kenneth Ireland, U.S. Navy, Glenn J. Pittman, and Daniel J. Hampton
February 2002
At the beginning of fiscal year 1997, the Navy's Director of Aviation Manpower and Training initiated a study to assess the Navy's aviation manpower program. Dubbed the Health of Naval ...

Centralization: A Prescription for Failure

By Rear Admiral W.J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) and William P. Holland
February 2002
The Soviet system, an ultimate demonstration of centralized decision making, eventually ground to a halt—victim of its own lumbering bureaucracy. The centralization being espoused for the U.S. Department of Defense ...

U.S. and Indian Navies Close Again

By Second Lieutenant Scott A. Cuomo, U.S. Marine Corps
February 2002
After nearly 50 years of turbulence, U.S.-Indian relations are growing stronger as both nations recognize their overlapping security interests. Even before the tragedies of 11 September, U.S.-Indo relations had grown ...

Midnight in Baghdad

By Major Fred H. Allison, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
February 2002
Abdul Al-Shakuras thought it would be a good chance to take a smoke break and get some fresh air. The new guy on the desk seemed to have everything under ...

No More Catch Phrases, Please

By Chief Cryptologic Technician Interpretive James M. Murphy, U.S. Navy
February 2002
Second Honorable Mention, English Essay Contest A few years back, we all were introduced to total quality leadership (TQL), a slight modification to the total quality management (TQM) theories of ...

We Always Must Be Vigilant

By Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Ericka Robinson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
February 2002
First Honorable Mention, Enlisted Essay Contest When we join the armed services, we swear to protect our country from all enemies—foreign and domestic. We know it is possible our country ...

Comment and Discussion

February 2002
"Are Sub Commanders Scapegoats?"(See J. Byron, pp. 90-92, January 2002 Proceedings)Commander Philip L. Munck, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—Captain Byron's observations on the USS Greeneville's (SSN-772) 2001 grounding ...

Choosing the Chairman

By M. Staser Holcomb
February 2002
When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld returned to the Pentagon for a second tour as Secretary last January, he understood President George W. Bush's imperative to transform defense processes and ...

Warning to Navigators: Geodesy & Datums Are Here

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2002
Such wonders of modern technology as the Global Positioning System (GPS) have improved nautical navigation to an incredible extent, all owing mariners to navigate in real time (where am I?) ...
USS Monssen (DD-798) showing it's starboard bow

USS Monssen (DD-798)

By Eric Wertheim
February 2002
Commissioned on 14 February 1944, the USS Monssen (DD-798) was destined for a life of action. She began rehearsals for the Marianas campaign in May 1944 and, arriving off Saipan ...

It's Not about Fun

By Command Master Chief Mark Butler, USN
February 2002
In ships throughout the fleet, sailors are doing hard and dangerous work. What keeps sailors in the Navy and at the top of their game are the challenges they face ...

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