Nobody Asked Me, But ... We Are Going to War with Iraq

By Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2002
Today, Iraq poses the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East. Iraqi weapon-development capabilities are a matter of record. Following the Gulf War, U.N. inspectors discovered an immense research-and-development ...

Tomcats Need Phoenix Missiles

By Lieutenant Brian Cepaitis, Lieutenant Erik Hess, and Lieutenant Commander J.J. Patterson, U.S. Navy
July 2002
Recently, there have been rumblings from Navy budget trimmers regarding a plan to retire the AIM-54C Phoenix air-to-air missile four years prior to the F-14's departure from service. Many of ...

JOs Can Help Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies

By Ensign Graham McAllister, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2002
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestPregnancies among junior enlisted sailors are a controversial issue; when unplanned, they can damage the effectiveness of any unit. Junior ...

Home Porting Subs Overseas Makes Sense

By Ensign Brian E. Ray, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2002
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestBecause the Frank Cable (AS-40)—with the Salt Lake City (SSN-716)—and other Navy assets already are in place at Guam, the ...

UAV: Unemployed Aviators Vanquished?

By Ensign Andrew Neil Winberry, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2002
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestArming reconnaissance drones or building unmanned combat aerial vehicles such as the X-45A allows these craft to compete for missions ...

The Brigade Is Closer Now

By Ensign Graham Plaster, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2002
Midshipman Ken Neptun was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at the end of his second-class year. He underwent several regimens of chemotherapy at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, and ...

Acting CO—King for a Day

By Lieutenant Commander Tom Evanoff, U.S. Navy
July 2002
I have had one of those days you put in your "top 10" category. For 24 hours I was the commanding officer (CO) of a major command: an Aegis cruiser ...

Nobody Asked Me, But ... Quit Tobacco Now

By Lieutenant Steven J. Escobar, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy
July 2002
A recent Department of Defense survey of health-related behaviors found 31% of U.S. naval personnel smoke cigarettes ( analysis/surveys/98survey/survey.html). Although this might appear to be a significant decline in cigarette ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
July 2002
The 45-knot patrol boat Achernar is one of 40 units of the Swedish-built Stridsbat-90H class delivered to the Mexican Navy during 2000 and 2001. Typed "Patrulla Interceptora," the 18.7-ton full ...

Really Put Humans First

By Robert Pine Jr.
July 2002
For decades the Navy has embraced the dogma that "people are our most precious resource." It is embedded in the phrase "quality of service," which encompasses both quality of life ...

Navy MH-53Es Can Support the Marines

By Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Buckingham, U.S. Navy
July 2002
Operational maneuver from the sea (OMFTS) requires new tactical concepts for amphibious operations that take advantage of emerging technology. The advent of the advanced amphibious assault vehicle, MV-22 Osprey, air-cushioned ...

'This Is Really Neat Stuff'

By John Flink
July 2002
In a few years, Navy recruits at Great Lakes will march into a completely revamped Battle Stations, boot camp's final exam. With help from the theme park industry, a "script" ...

Attack on the Cole: Medical Lessons Learned

By Captain Konrad E. Hayashi, Medical Corps, USN; Master Chief Raymond E. Bailey, USN; Chief Cliff Moser, USN; and Rear Admiral Bonnie B. Potter, Medical Corps, USN
July 2002
After the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, the Navy received a costly education in medical preparedness. To better protect all those who go in harm's way, these ...

Prepare for a Period of Consequence

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR, and CommaIder Stephen E. Flynn, USCG (Ret.)
July 2002
On 23 September 1999, then-Governor George W. Bush made a speech at The Citadel asserting that major course corrections were required to our approach to national security. He warned that ...

Secret Mission to Singapore

By Jerome M. O'Connor
July 2002
In August 1941 Churchill and Roosevelt drew up a secret plan to transport British troops to the Middle East in support of operations against Rommel. After the attack on Pearl ...

Lest We Forget: Patrol Bombing Squadron 63 (VPB-63)

By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)
July 2002
Patrol Bombing Squadron 63 (VPB-63) was established as Patrol Squadron 63 (VP-63) on 19 September 1942. The squadron was a PBY-5A Catalina unit planned for "Black Cat" antishipping operations in ...

Book Reviews

July 2002
The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign PolicyMitchell B. Lerner. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2002. 408 pp. Map. Photos. Index. $34.95 ($31.45).Reviewed ...

Comment and Discussion

July 2002
"'Open the Gates'"(See B. Greeley. pp. 52-60, June 2002 Proceedings)Lieutenant Commander Michael Collins, U.S. Naval Reserve—Congratulations to Colonel Greeley on his fascinating and comprehensive article. The U.S ...

It's the Right Thing to Do

By Captain Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)
July 2002
According to then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The right organization will not guarantee success. But the wrong organization will guarantee failure." Right now the U.S. government is organized for failure in ...

Submarines: Utility beyond Afghanistan

By Rear Admiral. W. J. Holland, USN (Ret.)
July 2002
Today, as in the past, each branch of the military will promote its programs in the context of the present crisis. In their budget submissions, each will emphasize those missions ...

It Must Lead, Inspire, and Excite

By Eugene R. Fidell
July 2002
The recent proposal for a Department of Homeland Security is among the boldest steps in the administration's response to 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States and the continuing ...

Let Squads Call Air Strikes

By F. J Bing West
July 2002
Among other lessons, the war in Afghanistan has demonstrated that a marked reduction in infantry casualties is possible with some tactical and organizational changes. In essence, there should be much ...

Give Terminal Control to the Grunts

By Colonel James J. Kuzmick, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
July 2002
Now that we have achieved full operational capability with global positioning system (GPS)- and inertial navigation system (INS)-guided weapons such as the joint direct attack munition (JDAM) and joint standoff ...

Catching Up with Migrant Smugglers

By Lieutenant Danny G. Shaw, USCG
July 2002
Like their drug-running counterparts, migrant smugglers have become smarter and faster. The Coast Guard needs to coordinate its assets, including deployable interceptor boats such as this one, to counter the ...

A Common Support Aircraft Is Possible

By Commander Michael Prosperi, USN
July 2002
The Navy needs a comprehensive, integrated plan for the future of support and surveillance aircraft-and the Common Support Aircraft could be the key. Over the past five years, naval aviation ...

Don't Forget the Antiship Missile

By Lieutenant Commander Douglas E. Eurom, U.S. Naval Reserve, and Lieutenant Mark Hughes, U.S. Navy
July 2002
Russian-made antiship missiles such as the SS-N-25 arm the navies of many potential adversaries. These ship killers—and the small, swift craft that carry them—remain significant threats that the U.S. Navy ...

Getting More Out of Training

By Commander Bruce J. Ricketts, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2002
After the field exercise is completed, training can continue if the data collected are accessible and useful. The Navy is following the lead of the corporate world in developing efficient ...

War on Terror Saps Globalization

By John Callaway
July 2002
Last year, a watershed event occurred in the international system: the burgeoning globalization movement was arrested. The catalyst was not the 11 September attacks, but President George W. Bush's response ...

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