We Neglect Religion at Our Peril

By Dr. Douglas M. Johnston
January 2002
Given the religious component of so many of today's hostilities, chaplains can and should play a larger role in peace making and conflict prevention.

All-Electric Ship: Sirloin or Just Sizzle?

By Captain Pierre G. Vining, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2002
To take full advantage of the all-electric design's flexibility and power density, the Navy should consider a direct-current power grid with super-conducting, direct-current homopolar generators and propulsion motors. The advantages ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
January 2002
Although the Blohm + Voss MEKO RMN design was selected in October 1997 for the hotly contested contract for up to 27 offshore patrol ships for the Royal Malaysian Navy, ...

Book Reviews

January 2002
Russia's Arms and Technologies, the XXI Century Encyclopedia, Vol. 3: Naval Weapons Nicholas Spassky, ed. Text in Russian and English. Moscow: Arms and Technologies, 2001. 631 pp. Photos. Charts. Index. ...

Approach Paperless Navigation with Caution

By Lieutenant Commander Glenn NI. Hopson, U.S. Navy
January 2002
In a recent update to the fleet, the surface warfare leadership said the Navy plans to deploy two battle groups using certified electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) in ...

Fleet Validates Joint Mission Force Concept

By Vice Admiral James W. Metzger, U.S. Navy
January 2002
One reality of the post-Cold War political-military landscape is that U.S. military operations must be increasingly joint and combined to maximize scarce resources. Service and unified commanders have grappled for ...

Simulation Systems Can Train Marines

By Major John M. Manson, U.S. Marine Corps
January 2002
Few would dispute that training is the key to the Marine Corps' success in "every clime and place." However, there is considerable disagreement over how it should train to meet ...

Global Positioning System - Our Achilles' Heel?

By John A. Hancock and Robin M. Pettit
January 2002
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an incredible technology. It can provide location data to within a horizontal accuracy of 36 meters for civilian users and to within 15 meters ...

Lessons from the Bridge Wing

By Captain Keith J. Allred, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
January 2002
'I left the bridge that day a better and stronger officer, as confident that I could conn the ship to the pier the next time as if I had successfully ...

Streetfighter Is a Viable Response

By Lieutenant Richard Arthur, U.S. Naval Reserve
January 2002
When terrorists attacked the Cole (DDG-67) in October 2000, they put out of action hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military hardware for a year. Such new threats to ...

Are We Already Transformed?

By Dr. Norman Friedman
January 2002
Despite the hand-wringing over transformation, the Navy's history of dispersed operations has made it much more net-centric than the other services.

New Command Unifies the Fleet

By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy
January 2002
With the standing up of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Navy fleets on both coasts will be able to draw on a single organization to achieve standard training, tactics, and procedures, ...

Science and Innovation in the Arctic

By Rear Admiral Jeffrey M. Garrett, U.S. Coast Guard
January 2002
After extensive ice trials, the nation's newest polar icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) ushers in a new era in science support and shipboard innovations. Scientific interest in the Arctic has a ...

Interview: David Shackleton

January 2002
Proceedings: How is the war in Afghanistan affecting your Navy, and how will your Navy play in its current phase?Shackleton: Our country is contributing to a coalition ...

Military Presence in Asia Is Key

By Colonel Drew A. Bennett, USMC
January 2002
U.S. military presence in Asia stands to be greatly reduced during the next quarter century. This will have extensive security implications throughout the region and will affect directly the readiness ...

V-22 Is Right for War on

By Lieutenant General Keith Smith, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
January 2002
I was a fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam. I knew that if I got shot down, a helicopter rescue force, which always was on standby, would operate to the ...

Net-Centric Is about Choices

By Lieutenant Commander John D. Zimmerman, USN
January 2002
Network-centric warfare gives commanders the ability to operate along a continuum of command methods, from centralized to decentralized. Those commanders will make their choices in their combat information centers, such ...

Comment and Discussion

January 2002
"In Search of the Zero-Defects Monster"(See B. Hamblet, p. 48-49, October 2001 Proceedings)Midshipman P R. Buryk, U.S. Navy—I found Lieutenant Commander Hamblet's article reassuring. As a future ...

World Naval Developments: The Revolution Arrives

By Norman Friedman
January 2002
The war in Afghanistan has interesting implications for the ongoing development of network-centric warfare. The long-range U.S. air strikes, many of them prosecuted from carriers, exemplified the precision strike or ...

Match Missile Defense and Tridents

By Dean K. Vaughn
January 2002
The Navy has been reluctant to jump into the national missile defense fray—and for good reason. In an era of zero growth in force structure and the specter of decline ...

Are Sub Commanders Scapegoats?

By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)
January 2002
The late Brazilian statesman Roberto Campos often said sarcastically, "It is less important to find solutions than scapegoats." This spirit seems to have informed some recent submarine force decisions involving ...

Lest We Forget: Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144)

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2002
Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144) originally was established as VA-116 on 1 December 1955 at NAS Miramar, California. Equipped with F7U-3M Cutlass fighters, VA-116 first deployed in April 1957 with Air ...

Asia: The Military-Market Link

By Dr. Thomas P. M. Barnett
January 2002
The global economy operates on trust, which ultimately comes from effectively processing risk. Wall Street and the Pentagon must better understand their interrelationship with respect to the Asian energy market.