A Leatherneck JSF Is Just Right

By Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Tomassetti, USMC
September 2002
Its combination of range, payload, and flexibility make the short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B the perfect Marine Corps aircraft.

Exaggerating Threats Shortchanges the Future

By Thomas J. Hirschfeld
September 2002
The assessment by U.S. military intelligence of the threat capability of potential adversaries drives the procurement process. But with the Cold War long over and with many potential security problems ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
September 2002
Used as an example of the multipurpose Littoral Combat Ship in recently released U.S. Navy concept illustrations, the 239-foot, 38-knot Visby was delivered to the Swedish Ministry of Defense on ...

Book Reviews

September 2002
Black Aces High Robert K. Wilcox. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2002. 320 pp. Photos. Index. $24.95 ($22.45).Reviewed Commander R. J. Proano, U.S. NavyRobert Wilcox's Black Aces High is ...

F-14 Tomcats All the Way

By Robert W. Freniere II
September 2002
Recently, my 12-year-old son wrote this letter to Vice Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, whom he met at a conference. Bobby, a "wanna-be" Naval Academy grad ...

Aspire to Inspire

By Lieutenant John R. H. Callaway, U.S. Navy
September 2002
Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Leadership Essay ContestWhether completing underway replenishments or firing weapons, when it comes to leading as a division officer, rely on the basics and you ...

Use the Chiefs Mess

By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
September 2002
Having a solid chief petty officers (CPOs) mess is the difference between a good ship and a great ship. As an entity in a ship's company, the chiefs tend to ...

Upgraded ESM for Coast Guard Cutters

By Fred Ilsemann
September 2002
As the Coast Guard's participation in homeland defense gains momentum, the service will need new and more powerful capabilities to fulfill its vital role in helping to ensure U.S. security. ...

Royal Navy's New Carriers Keep Options Open

By Peter Almond
September 2002
With a measure of envy from the U.S. Navy, the British are well into designing two aircraft carriers that should considerably increase their naval strike capability—and Europe's—around the world. Unencumbered ...

Do Marine Air Planners Have What It Takes?

By Captain Richard E. Petersen, U.S. Marine Corps
September 2002
To maintain the aerial combat advantage over future adversaries, the Marine Corps must be able to execute its observation, orientation, decision, and action loop faster than the enemy can counter ...

Handheld Computers Ease LSO Burdens

By Lieutenants Kenneth W. Schneider and Michael C. LaPaglia, U.S. Navy
September 2002
Working in the trenches of naval aviation can be tough. Although the acquisitions process provides sophisticated aircraft and weapons, and the intelligence community strives to stay one step ahead of ...

Adventures in Hispaniola

By Major Damon Fields, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Pope, U.S. Air Force, and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sharon, U.S. Army
September 2002
Lying at the northeast edge of the Caribbean Sea, Hispaniola is home to two very different nations—the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Today, the Dominican Republic prospers, with more than 35 ...

One Year Later: Frozen in Time

By Captain William J. Toti, USN
September 2002
'I'm Alive' By Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer, USN (Ret.) For two naval officers at the Pentagon on 11 September, the horrors and heroes remain vivid. Hear Chief of Naval Operations Admiral ...

Space-Based Radar Lets the Navy See It All

By Gordon Roesler and Allan Steinhardt
September 2002
Dramatic changes are occurring in the Navy's roles and missions. New ships, planes, and weapons are being procured for the Chief of Naval Operations missions of sea strike, sea shield, ...

Enduring Freedom: Making Coalition Naval Warfare Work

By Captain Phil Wisecup and Lieutenant Tom Williams, USN
September 2002
The naval component that provided support to Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2001 to April 2002 was impressive in the sheer number of ships, aircraft, and nations involved. Yet the ...

Countering Attack Sub Shortfalls

By Dr. Eric J. Labs
September 2002
In his November 2000 Proceedings article, then-Rear Admiral Albert Konetzni, then the commander of the Pacific Fleet's submarine force, asked the question: "How many nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) do we ...

Small Ships and Future Missions

By Commander Stephen H. Kelley, USN
September 2002
Why does the U.S. Navy build such large surface warships? Would it not be more prudent and cost-effective to build large numbers of smaller ships, especially when antiship cruise missiles ...

I'm Alive

By Lieutenant Kevin Shaeffer USN (Ret.)
September 2002
It started as a beautiful morning. As I drove from my home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to the Pentagon, I recall my mind wandering to a family fishing trip planned for ...

The Skyhawk Turns 50

By Lieutenant Commander Roger Pyle, U.S. Navy
September 2002
On 13 September 2002, with no fanfare and little official recognition, the A-4 Skyhawk will achieve an unbelievable first in the history of U.S. naval aviation. On that date, the ...

USO Continues to Serve

By Richard Weaver
September 2002
Ned Powell's corner office at the United Service Organizations (USO) World Headquarters at Washington, D.C.'s, historic Navy Yard sits just a short distance away from where he served as a ...

Presidents and Nuclear Weapons

By Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN
September 2002
President George W. Bush is taking flak from the media (and others) concerning the recent nuclear arms treaty with Russia that calls for significant reductions in the size of our ...

Comment and Discussion

September 2002
"Enough Marine Air on Carriers Already"(See S. Garick, pp. 62-64, August 2002 Proceedings)Colonel John D. Jogerst, U.S. Air Force, Special Operations Chair, Air University—It's always good to ...