Proceedings Magazine - September 2003 Vol. 129/9/1,207

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The Naval Institute's fall seminar season is in full swing. Forum 2003, our second full-day program in Washington, D.C., hosted...



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    The Naval Institute's fall seminar season is in full swing. Forum 2003, our second full-day program in Washington, D.C., hosted with the Marine Corps Association, will focus on...

  • World Naval Developments: Threat Smolders in North Korea
    By Norman Friedman

    While much attention is being paid to events in Iraq, North Korea continues to smolder. In July, for example, the North Koreans claimed they had enough plutonium for several bombs; it was not clear whether they were merely blustering. There also...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "August Coast Guard Issue"

    Colonel John Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)—Most men and women who wear Department of Defense uniforms see four military services, instead of five. The same is true of most civilians who...

  • STOVL JSFs Put Teeth in Sea Basing
    By Major Andrew G. Shorter, U.S. Marine Corps

    The short take-off/vertical landing Joint Strike Fighter is an ideal way to support the Navy's "Sea Power 21" concept of Sea Basing by enabling the use of unconventional aircraft carriers, allowing increased sorties per mission...

  • Don't Silence Navy Chat
    By Commander Timothy Jara and Lieutenant Commander Matt Lisowski, U.S. Navy

    Operation Iraqi Freedom witnessed an explosive growth in the use of chat as a means of communication between commands on the ground, in the air, and at sea. Today, the Defense Department is in the midst of streamlining and standardizing...

  • Best Practices for the Surface Warfare XO
    By Lieutenant Commander Cathal O'Connor and Lieutenant Commander Bill Parker, U.S. Navy

    So you just received orders assigning you as the executive officer. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your tour.

    Whether you will serve as executive officer (XO) at sea or ashore, on a big deck, greyhound, or gator...

  • No Strategy for the Information Age
    By Dr. Daniel T. Kuehl and Dr. Robert E. Neilson

    Most of the debate over the latest National Security Strategy of the United States of America has focused on preemption as a fundamental tenet, but does not recognize that the global information environment has become a battle space. Few...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Chiefs Are Professionals
    By Command Master Chief Delta Hinson, U.S. Navy

    When you visit the office of an attorney, architect, or any other professional you always see a magazine or book of his profession in the lobby or waiting area. Why do you not see this in every chief petty officer mess, both afloat and ashore?...

  • Details of DDG-51 Throttle Modes of Operation
    By Commander Terry D. Mosher, U.S. Navy

    The DDG-51's throttle is named the programmed control lever (PCL). It has two scales to indicate throttle position: first, the traditional 1/3d, 2/3d, standard, full, and flank markings for ahead bells, and 1/3d, 2/3d, and full for backing...

  • P-3s Remain Frontline Combatants
    By David Reade

    For the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol community, the halcyon days of hunting Soviet submarines are gone. Over the past several years, however, P-3 Orions and their crews have become indispensable parts of the war on terrorism and U.S....

  • Unmanned and Unafraid
    By Norman Polmar

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) hold the promise of dramatically changing the nature of naval warfare in the coming decades. Significantly, the U.S. Navy has been a leader in the UAV field, operating the drone antisubmarine helicopter (DASH) from...

  • Submarine-Launched Vehicles: Time to Walk the Talk
    By John A. Hancock

    We are engaged in a complex and ambiguous global war on terrorism, a war that requires the Navy to strive for new, imaginative, and innovative enhancements to its submarine force. The development and employment of submarine-launched unmanned...

  • Modify the Ship, Not the Vehicle
    By Robert A. Lynch

    For better or for worse, sooner or later, Navy air will be upset by unmanned systems. To begin this transition sooner and in a better fashion, the pivotal need is an automated recovery system aboard surface ships to permit operation of high-...

  • Rethinking Air Apportionment
    By Lieutenant Colonel Edward Weber, U.S. Air Force

    It does not matter how sorties are categorized or how many are flown. What counts is what air power is achieving to help meet the joint force commander’s objective.

    Air apportionment long has been a source of contention...

  • Creating a Surge Ready Force
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy

    The new Fleet Response Plan will mean more units ready and able to answer when the Commander-in-Chief calls.

  • A Bold Course to a New Naval Service
    By Lieutenant Commander Janice M. Graham, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Captain T. LaMar Willis, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The services have talked a lot about transformation but done little to accomplish it. The Navy and Marine Corps can get started by combining their forces into an experimental expeditionary force.

  • Fix Net Centric for the Operators
    By Captain David C. Hardesty, U.S. Navy

    Implementation of network-centric warfare at the tactical level has been flawed. Typifying incompatibilities is the software in the Navy’s F-14D which was unable to synch with Air Force electronic reconnaissance aircraft over targets in...

  • 'Yank & Bank' with Jay Hubbard
    By First Lieutenant Donald A. Macaulay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Style, flair, and a "first-to-try-anything" attitude made this squadron commander a legend in Marine Corps aviation.

  • U.S. Naval Academy Is Not Just for Midshipmen
    By Lieutenant Mark DeBuse, U.S. Navy

    Third Prize, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    The Naval Academy develops midshipmen for the future of the Navy and Marine Corps, but it also is important to the development of the junior officers who teach these...

  • An Officer's Authority and Responsibility
    By Vice Admiral Gerald E. Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    It is worthwhile to be reminded occasionally of the wisdom of our founding fathers as they crafted the Constitution for the governance of our republic—a nation based on the rule of law. The Constitution is not the only masterwork we...

  • New Twist for Arleigh Burkes
    By Commander Terry D. Mosher, U.S. Navy

    By now, many naval officers are familiar with the handling characteristics of the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class destroyer—thanks to ten years' experience and excellent Proceedings professional notes by Rear Admiral Jim...

  • Joint Fires Initiative Aids Time-Sensitive Targeting
    By Captain Tom Lenhardt, U.S. Marine Corps

    Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC 2002) was a premier joint integration event that brought together live field exercises and computer simulations. Sponsored by the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the experiment focused on how to conduct rapid decisive...

  • Let All Ships' Sailors Qualify as Air Warfare Specialists
    By Commander John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy

    The Enlisted Air Warfare Specialty (EAWS) instruction (OpNavInst 1414.2A) defines the eligibility for shipboard enlisted personnel to attain EAWS designation as "deployable aviation squadrons and their detachments and aviation capable ships...

  • The Navy Needs More Warrant Officers
    By Chief Quartermaster Christopher Briem, U.S. Naval Reserve

    One of the least understood ranks in the U.S. armed forces is that of warrant officer (WO). Their small number and inconsistent employment between and within the military services add to the confusion over their roles. The number of WOs has...

  • Use Cluster Bomb Units against Subs in the Littorals
    By Captain Joseph E. Skinner, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy has been talking about littoral warfare for years, yet no effective weapon system has been developed for use against diesel submarines in those confined waters. Water conditions in the littorals make acoustic prosecution by...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But ... We Already Have a New Aircraft for Maritime Patrol
    By Lieutenant Commander John E. Jenista, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Funding for naval aviation has been in a crisis situation for years. The maritime patrol community in particular has been hit hard, with only about half the number of squadrons active today compared to ten years ago. The P-3 Orion maritime patrol...

  • Book Reviews

    Punk's Wing

    Ward Carroll. New York: Signet, 2003. 376 pp. $6.99.

    Reviewed by David North

  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
    Compiled by Samuel Loring Morison
  • Naval Systems: Inching Toward FORCEnet
    By Ed Walsh

    The Navy moved a couple of steps closer to completing the outline for its path toward force transformation this past summer with the publication, in June, of a "campaign plan" for implementing FORCEnet-the fourth component of Chief of...

  • Points of Interest: Military Retirees Should Be Wary of Social Security Wage Credits
    By Tom Philpott

    Military veterans drawing Social Security would be wise to verify that military "wage credits" were considered when the Social Security Administration (SSA) calculated their benefits.

    Veterans who expect soon to apply for Social...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The Indian Navy's new Talwar-class guided-missile frigates compose the first new Russian-designed major surface combatant class to enter service in two decades, but they remain a compromise between modern weapons and sensors and a...

  • Lest We Forget: John Elliot Williams, VAW-122
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    John Elliot Williams

  • Intel Buyers Beware
    By Thomas J. Hirschfeld

    The decision to attack Iraq was justified in part by reference to intelligence information—as if it were a coherent and consistent body of knowledge. But it is not. Intelligence tries to develop a useful picture of the enemy and his...

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