Proceedings Magazine - July 2003 Vol. 129/7/1,205

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On 26 July, the Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Mustin (DDG-89) in San Diego. The new combatant is named in honor of a famous Navy family....



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    On 26 July, the Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Mustin (DDG-89) in San Diego. The new combatant is named in honor of a famous Navy family. Henry C. Mustin was a pioneer in naval aviation.

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Heavy Armor Played an Important Role"

    (See N. Friedman, p. 6, June 2003 Proceedings)

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman

    Navy League Show Highlights LCS

  • What Comes after Tomahawk?
    By Captain Steve Morrow, USN (Ret.)

    Tactical Tomahawk—here, launched from the USS Stethem (DDG-63) to complete its first flight test with a live warhead—will not begin to reach the fleet in significant numbers for two to three years, but it is...

  • Why I Am Failing My Junior Officers
    By Lieutenant Kevin M. O'Neal, USNR

    The recent influx of first-tour division officers in the surface warfare community and the resultant overmanning will have crippling effects on its officer corps in the coming years because of a lack of proper training,...

  • Knowledge Web Plays Big in Transformation
    By Lieutenant Peter Majeranowski, USN

    Among members of the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Battle Group during Operation Enduring Freedom, information had to be transmitted with near-real-time speed. "The Web is the brief"—the mantra of Battle Group...

  • Network-Centric Intelligence Works
    By Captain Eileen F. MacKrell, USN

    By now we all know the current entries on the Buzzword Bingo sheet: Full spectrum. Transformational. Net-centric ops. The good news is that at least one of the buzz-words is for real. Network-centric operations not only exist, they work. More...

  • Dissent Is Not Disloyalty
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., USN (Ret.)

    There is a time for bold, aggressive thought and there is a time to fall in line." With these words spoken at the Naval Institute's Annapolis Seminar in April, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Vern Clark articulated a view shared...

  • E-Mail Is a Two-Edged Sword
    By Commander Robert P. Girrier, USN

    The Navy embraces the efficiencies of office automation and networked command structures and is moving toward more universal standardization in information technology. "Information Technology 21" brought this to its ships and there is...

  • Captain Boston's Secret
    By Ronald Fraser

    Given enough time, secret government decisions have a way of percolating into the outside world. For example, after decades of silence, Captain Ward Boston, U.S. Navy (Retired), has revealed serious flaws in the Navy's top-secret...

  • Science Does Not Trump Art
    By Commander Clay Harris, U.S. Navy

    As the Navy struggles with the challenges of transformation, it needs both the scientist and the philosopher.

    America's armed forces are in the midst of an extraordinary shake-up. Planners are focusing on new technologies,...

  • All Detailing Is Local
    By Commander Clay Harris, U.S. Navy

    While technically trained officers may or may not be better qualified to foster rapid and effective transformation, they will affect the process only if they are assigned to billets that afford them the opportunity.

    I recently completed a...

  • Manned Reconnaissance Must Continue
    By Rear Admiral J. Michael "Carlos" Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Lieutenant Colonel Michael "Kimchee" Lobb, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Day in and day out, the battlefield commander’s most flexible collection asset remains manned platforms. An F/A-18 fitted with the new shared reconnaissance pod (SHARP) can provide high-resolution wide-area coverage while maintaining...

  • Managing China's Transition
    By Lieutenant Commander David A. Adams, USN

    As it moves away from communism, China’s strategy is to use such forces as advanced missile batteries, diesel submarines, and Russian-built destroyers to dominate the Asian region. The United States must manage this potential threat by...

  • 'To Take a Leap into the Future:' Interview with Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, RAN

    The Australian Chief of Navy spoke with the Naval Institute’s Fred Rainbow and Fred Schultz during a recent visit to the Proceedings editorial offices. He addressed his navy’s support of operations in the Gulf and the way...

  • Expeditionary Strike Group: Put a Marine in Charge
    By Lieutenant Commander Chris Stopyra, USN

    With the creation of the expeditionary strike group amphibious assault ships no longer will face the enemy alone—but does the addition of surface ships and submarines mean only a Navy officer can be in command? Marines have proved they...

  • Projecting Biomedical Security
    By Craig Hooper

    Traditional hospital ships cannot project biomedical expertise onto a battlefield threatened by biological attack. Recent tests of focused-mission ships suggest that these prototypes might be ideal.

  • Playing Games with Foreign Policy
    By Lincoln P. Bloomfield

    President George W. Bush knows all too well what it means to be in the midst of political and military crises. Today, decision makers ensconced in the White House Situation Room are better prepared because of a tradition of political “...

  • 'Catch Him and Smash Him!'
    By Second Lieutenant Eric H. Larsen, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    In January 1781, a scratch force of American militia, dragoons, and regulars met the infamous "Butcher" Tarleton and his veteran regulars and...

  • John Boyd and Strategic Naval Air Power
    By Ensign Steven Mason, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

  • Crossing the Line Is as Eternal as the Sea
    By Ensign Danielle Leppo, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Crossing the equator for the first time used to be a harrowing experience for those who endured the Royal Baby and the rest of the Royal Court. Today,...

  • Mush Morton and the Buyo Maru Massacre
    By Ensign Joel I. Holwitt, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    When the Wahoo returned to Pearl Harbor in early 1943, Captain "Mush" Morton and Executive Officer Dick O'Kane were praised for the...

  • Safeguarding Public Info Defies Common Sense
    By Christopher J. CasteIli

    Shhhh! Before you continue reading, dim the lights and draw the shades. Although these pages do not endanger lives or unmask secrets, they could be declared too sensitive for you to read. Who would have guessed America's freedom of the press...

  • Marine Engineer Group—A Force for the Future
    By Kirk Ross

    A round 1300 on 23 March, it was clear and warm outside, but air conditioning made it cool inside the tent. I sat in Navy Rear Admiral Charles Kubic's small, spare office—a map of southern Iraq, small table and laptop computers, three...

  • Metrics Measure the "Product of the Plan"
    By Rear Admiral David J. Antanitus, U.S. Navy

    The title of this note may create the impression that it is written primarily for acquisition professionals or "budget weenies." I would submit, however, that anyone who controls money—the program manager developing the latest...

  • Deckplate View of the Training Revolution
    By Master Chief James P. Russell, U.S. Navy

    The Navy is in the process of revolutionary change. Organizationally imposed limitations that have prevented it from fully exploiting the potential of its enlisted sailors soon will be a historical footnote in the Navy's journey toward...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Human Capital Is about What You Can't See, Too
    By Commander R. V. Gusentine, U.S. Navy

    In the introduction of the Chief of Naval Operations' executive review of Navy training, the authors report, "Unfortunately, growing requirements for technically savvy and experienced Sailors contrast sharply with the Navy's...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... Here's to Overcoming the Bureaucracy
    By Rear Admiral Richard A. Applebaum, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    In Operation Iraqi Freedom, we witnessed a brilliant plan, brilliantly executed, with superb personnel using magnificent equipment—all supported to perfection. Medals will be awarded, analyses will be conducted, doctrine will be updated,...

  • Book Reviews

    Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

    Anthony Swofford. New York: Scribners, 2003. 257 pp. $24.00.

    Reviewed by Major Brendan B. McBreen, U.S. Marine Corps

    Poor Anthony...

  • Capturing the Ronald Reagan
    By Captain Dick Whalen, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Most of my maritime paintings depict ships in active service, ones that I could view first-hand from piers or afloat. Ship portraits become a bit more complex when the vessels are still in design or under construction. Such was the case for the U...

  • Naval Systems: Surface Ships to Receive Electronic-Warfare Upgrade
    By Edward J. Walsh

    In December 2003, the Aegis destroyer Donald Cook (DDG-75) will take the first elements of a new electronic-warfare system to sea for an operational evaluation that will signal a new start in a long-term, deliberate effort to transform...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    Launched at Shanghai on 24 April was number 170, a guided-missile destroyer (DDG) equipped with vertical launch groups for surface-to-air missiles and what appear to be fixed, planar array radar systems. The superficial similarity of the latter...

  • Points of Interest: Retired Marine Applies Brake on Senior Officer Overhaul
    By Tom Philpott

    It is no great surprise that Congress, in the end, decided to move with some caution on Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's ambitious plan for overhauling management of general and flag officers, delaying action probably until next year....

  • Lest We Forget: Helicopter Antisubmarine Light Squadron 32 (HSL-32)
    By Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

    Helicopter Antisubmarine Light Squadron 32 (HSL-32) was established at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, on 17 August 1973, formed from a nucleus of personnel from HSL-30. The Invaders initially were equipped with four SH-2D and four SH-2F Seasprite LAMPS I...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... When Should We Retire?
    By Command Master Chief Mark Butler, U.S. Navy

    Recently, a fellow master chief had to retire, somewhat against his will. He had reached his allotted number of years and it was time for him to shift colors and join the ranks of the retired community. He was 47 then and seemed to be in good...

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