Proceedings Magazine - January 2003 Vol. 129/1/1,199

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The 21st century will witness the advent of unique and powerful capabilities delivered by global sea-based forces. In the decades ahead, the seas will comprise the most...



  • Adapting Aviation Tactical Training for the Surface Warfare Community
    By Rear Admiral Jim Stavridis, Commander George Bonsall, and Commander Anthony "Bud" Fidrych, U.S. Navy

    Within the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Battle Group, we have designated two commands to explore the idea of adapting the aviation weapons and tactics instructor (WTI) concept to the surface Navy. In early 2003, as we...

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  • Sea Basing: Operational Independence for a New Century
    By Vice Admiral Charles. W. Moore Jr., USN, and Lieutenant General Edward Hanlon Jr., USMC

    The 21st century will witness the advent of unique and powerful capabilities delivered by global sea-based forces. In the decades ahead, the seas will comprise the most independent and secure maneuver space for joint military...

  • Pacific Faces Crisis in Intel Analysis
    By Lieutenant Commander Mike Studeman, USN

    Winner, Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

  • Captain Edward L. Beach Jr.: 'His Work Will Live On'

    To most, he was larger than life. To a fortunate few, he was role model, colleague, and friend. Sadly, he passed away on 1 December 2002 at age 84. Following are a few thoughts about the author of the novel, Run Silent, Run...

  • Network-Centric Is Not Decisive
    By Dr. Milan Vego

    Network-centric warfare reduces the art of war to tactics and targets. The Navy must restore the balance between strategy, operational art, and tactics—before it discovers firsthand that simply netting maritime forces...

  • Preemptive Strategy Is Viable
    By Major Roger D. Carstens, USA

    The release of President George W. Bush's national security strategy raised questions (and eyebrows). Immediate questions arose as to the legality of his new preemptive doctrine. Did the policy pass the scrutiny of international law and were...

  • The Top 100 Rules of the New American Way of War
    By Dr. Thomas P. M. Barnett and Dr. Henry H. Gaffney Jr.

    The Paths to War

    The United States Stands Ready for Any Type of War

    1. The U.S. military stays ready because it understands that while the world is full of ongoing situations in which it remains involved,...

  • Lest We Forget: Attack Squadron 64 (VA-64)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Attack Squadron 64 (VA-64) was established at NAS Oceana, Virginia, on 1 July 1961. The Black Lancers were equipped with A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk light attack jets.

  • 'Everyone Dropped the Ball': An Interview with Bob Woodward

    The prolific author and veteran reporter/editor for The Washington Post—perhaps best known for his reporting of the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon—talked recently at his home in Washington...

  • World Naval Developments: New Roles for Littoral Combat Ships
    By Norman Friedman

    In November, the Norwegian mine hunter Orkla caught fire, capsized, and sank, all in a very short time. The incident is significant because it might indicate that glass-reinforced (GRP) hulls, such as that of the mine hunter, have little...

  • Publisher's Page
    By Tom Marfiak

    I have three critical issues to address. First, the Nation, Navy, and Naval Institute lost a hero, author, and friend on 1 December, when Captain Edward Latimer (Ned) Beach Jr. died. As you know, the Naval Institute's headquarters building on...

  • Comment and Discussion

     "December Cover"

    (See December 2002 Proceedings)

    Master Chief Gunner's Mate William R. Wells II, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)While I normally do not consider the dress, or lack of it, of our uniformed members at...

  • God Bless Gordon England
    By John Byron

    Some months ago, Proceedings published a short essay of mine that led off with the words above. The context was Navy Secretary Gordon England's courageous and correct decision to pull the Atlantic Fleet out of Vieques. With him now departing...

  • Black Shoes in a Brown Shoe World
    By Commander George Bonsall, USN

    A surface warfare officer is assigned to naval aviation's top tactics school-and finds many lessons to bring back to the black-shoe Navy.

  • Access Is Not Assured
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, USN

    Assured access is a linchpin of both our naval and national security strategies. Although our most recent strike-intensive wars have been conducted virtually free from challenge at sea, this superiority is far from guaranteed against more capable...

  • The American Way of War
    By Arthur K. Cebrowski & Thomas P. M. Barnett

    The effort to identify and characterize the American Way of War is—in many ways—an attempt to understand how U.S. warfare evolves once freed from the bilateral and all-consuming competition with the Soviet Union. In other words, left...

  • Joint Fighter Calls for Joint Training
    By Lieutenant Commander J. P. Nichols, USN

    In 2010, the largest effort by the Department of Defense to establish aviation jointness in the armed forces will be realized when the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) enters initial operational capability. With the amount of money involved—...

  • What You Should Know about Attacking Computer Networks
    By Colonel Tim Gibson, USA

    Computer network attack can be a powerful military weapon. To properly study military network attacks, owe should classify types of computing networks, categorize the possible attacks against them, and determine the organization best able to...

  • A Commander’s Network-Centric Odyssey
    By Lieutenant Commander Curt Copley, USN

    At least one critic has suggested that the implementation of network-centric operations (NCO) foreordains the death of operational art (op art). As outlandish as this claim sounds, it may gain adherents unless the underlying assumptions of each...

  • A Global Navy Needs a Global Network
    By Rear Admiral Charles L. Munns, USN

    The Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) initiative will establish one digital, secure network across the naval shore establishment and tie it to our forces at sea. It will link about 360,000 desktops across naval shore-based activities in the...

  • Effective Missile Defense Means Working with Allies
    By Paul D. Taylor

    As President George W. Bush has moved to implement his campaign commitment to build a missile defense system to defend the United States, the governments of other countries have continued to express a variety of concerns. Would missile defense...

  • The Way Forward for Coast Guard Boat Forces
    By Captain D. A. Goward, USCG

    On a cold, dark March evening in 2001, a young coxswain and his crew of three nudged their 22-foot, foam-collared boat into the Niagara River.

  • "C" in LCS Stands for Combat
    By Vice Admiral Hank Giffin, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Rear Admiral John Tozzi, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    On 8 November 2002, the U.S. Navy issued six Focused Mission Ship 90-day study contracts that will lead to a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class before the end of the decade. The coming months offer the Navy's surface warfare community and the...

  • Littoral Warfare Needs a Specific Ship
    By Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The heated debate over littoral warfare is being confused by a big ship-small ship controversy that ignores the limitations of deep-draft ships in restricted waters. This argument holds that critical systems, such as ballistic defense missiles...

  • Open Standards: The Alternative to Microsoft Office 2000
    By Captain John W. Yarger, U.S. Marine Corps

    In today's computerized world, word processing and presentation software have become common tools for communicating plans and ideas. Spreadsheets commonly are used to record and calculate numbers in support of organizations. Each of the...

  • It's the Air Plan, Stupid
    By Dr. Chris M. Duquette

    Ten years ago, the nation was introduced to the political slogan, "It's the economy, stupid." For carrier-based aviation units, you could replace "the economy" with "the air plan." If their scheduled sorties are...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Super Hornets Instead of Raptors
    By James Hasik

    The U.S. government has been roundly criticized for procuring three different types of fighter aircraft: the F/A-22 Raptor, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and the F-35A/B Joint Strike Fighter. Indeed, no other nation is attempting to procure large...

  • Book Reviews

    No Room for Error: The Covert Operations of America's Special Tactics Units from Iran to Afghanistan

    Benjamin F. Schemmer and Col. John T. Carney Jr., USAF (Ret.). New York: Ballantine, 2002. 432 pp. Photos. Maps....

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    An official model of the latest Russian Navy frigate design, Project 20380, was displayed at the Euronaval exposition near Paris last October. The first of the 2,100-ton (full-load displacement) ships, the Steregushchiy (Protective), was laid...

  • U.S. Navy: "It's a What?"
    By Norman Polmar

    Is it to confuse the enemy? Didn't they know better? Were they trying to be clever? These are some of the questions that followed the recent announcement that the Secretary of the Air Force has designated the Joint Strike Fighter the F-35....

  • Naval Systems: Versatile Arrays Could Consolidate Antenna Stovepipes
    By Ed Walsh

    Navy systems integrators Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman are working on new antenna aperture technologies that could enable Navy ship program managers to reduce dramatically the number of antennas on board Navy ships. If they...

  • Points of Interest: 'Concurrent Receipt' Deal Aimed at Combat Disabled
    By Tom Philpott

    Military retirees who have combat-related disabilities and 20 or more years of active duty will begin receiving a new special compensation, effective 1 June 2003, under a "concurrent receipt" deal brokered by Senator John Warner (R-VA)...

  • Get the Terrorist Threat Right
    By Raymond J. Brown

    We are getting it wrong. Federal government authorities and the legion of security "experts" who popped up since the 11 September attacks often are focusing on the belief that the international terrorists' main maritime objective...

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