Proceedings Magazine - December 2003 Vol. 129/12/1,210

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The U.S. Naval Institute joins the world this month in celebrating the Centennial of Flight, marking the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. Our newest addition to the...



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    The U.S. Naval Institute joins the world this month in celebrating the Centennial of Flight, marking the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. Our newest addition to the Naval Institute Press's collection of more than...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "TacAir Trumps UAVs in Iraq"

    (See R. Harrison, pp. 58-61, November 2003 Proceedings)

  • World Naval Developments: Foreign Navies Exploit Advances in Over-the-Horizon Radar
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Photographs of the Indian (Russian-built) Talwar-class frigates nd of the new Chinese missile destroyers show a familiar Cold War radome, the Russian "Band Stand." The technology it represents potentially is quite significant for the...

  • Integrate Your Reserves: A How-to Primer
    By Captain Robert Wray Jr., USNR

    Some Navy commands are ignorant in reserve matters and waste precious assets. Others "get it" and derive tremendous advantages in skill, manpower, and flexibility through adroit teaming with their reservists. In...

  • Naval Aviation Retrospective: Heroes by Any Definition
    By Captain E. T. Wooldridge Jr., USN (Ret.)

    In recognition of the Centennial of Flight observations planned for Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this month, a retired aviator and aviation historian takes us through the history of naval aviation. Here, Lieutenant Theodore...

  • Innovation from the War Fighter
    By Commander Chuck Tamblyn and Lieutenant Commander Kevin Quarderer, USN

    The war on terror and the accelerating pace of technological change demand innovation in the Navy. An experimental program in the Enterprise (CVN-65) Carrier Strike Group is bringing the war fighter into the innovation...

  • Removal from a Promotion Lis—The Unkindest Cut
    By Eugene R. Fidell

    Most military officers' careers progress according to well-known rules. For example, good performance is rewarded by favorable fitness reports, command assignments, special educational opportunities, and—above all—promotion. The...

  • New War Demands a New Military
    By Roger D. Carstens

    The combat phases of the campaign in Iraq highlighted an operational gap in U.S. military capabilities. Initial inability to project decisive combat power at a time and place of its choosing handcuffed the United States' strategic options....

  • The Remembrance Tree Lights Up Boston
    By Theresa E. Perrin

    The white mushroom cloud hung over the city for more than an hour. It could be seen from miles away. Everything on the harbor side of Needham Hill was totally destroyed; everything on the back side was severely damaged. The blast broke windows...

  • Arm All Navy Helicopters
    By Captain Wayne A. Tunick and Lieutenant Michael J. Weaver, U.S. Navy

    On board the USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81), Strait of Hormuz: "General Quarters. General Quarters. This is not a drill. Numerous high-speed contacts inbound bearing 095."

    TAO-Bridge: "Get the helo to ID the contacts....

  • Revitalize ASW
    By Commander Richard E. Farrell, USN

    Antisubmarine warfare (ASW) is a key tenet of U.S. force protection. If the U.S. Navy does not take steps to revitalize ASW, it risks losing the ability to gain sea control in strategic areas.

  • Is the PLA Navy a Legitimate Threat?
    By Commander Richard E. Farrell, U.S. Navy
  • If It Can't Be Big, It Needs to Be Novel
    By Jeffrey Record

    For the first time in years, U.S. naval engineers are being pressed to build smaller, faster, and deadlier ships that can fight and survive in the littorals. Radical new design concepts, such as the Norwegian surface effects ship Skjold, are...

  • ls the War on Terrorism Sustainable?
    by William D. O'Neil
  • TacAir Integration Must Optimize JSFs
    By Lieutenant Colonel D. A. Robinson, USMC

    The recent agreement between the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Naval Operations to integrate Marine and Navy tactical aircraft (TacAir) raises some important questions with respect to Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) acquisition. The...

  • Even the Army Can Come. . .From the Sea
    By Lieutenant Commander John Sanford, U.S. Navy

    Is the Army of the future consigned to be a garrison force, sent in to mop up after the dirty work already is done? Making the Army more expeditionary means getting troops in ships at sea-ready to respond to crises in days instead of weeks....

  • Take Roll of Dice Out of Selection Process
    By Commander Carl Graham, U.S. Navy

    We're having a little ceremony next summer because that is the tradition. I don't really think of it as a retirement. It is more of a "gas and go": an opportunity to drop off some baggage, reminisce a little, and move on to the...

  • Terrorism Is the New Enemy at Sea
    by Lieutenant Commander Krzysztof Kubiak, Polish Navy

    Since World War II, violence at sea has been marginalized and equated with piracy. It has been associated with poor countries challenged by domestic conflicts and unable to exercise control over their coastlines. The majority believe unlawful...

  • Professional Note: Modify Goshawk and Pilot Training Syllabus
    By Commander Michael J. Sherlock, U.S. Navy

    The digital transformation in naval aviation over the past ten years has prompted significant changes to the challenges of flying strike aircraft. In the planning for a strike during Operation Desert Storm, the key question was: how many strike...

  • Professional Note: Marines Have a Role in Joint TMD
    By Major Daniel C. Logan, U.S. Marine Corps

    Recent crises have seen U.S. forces committed to numerous operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, and the Horn of Africa. One of the greatest challenges that forward-deployed Marine Corps forces will face in future...

  • Professional Note: Surge-Ready Strike Group Offers Lessons
    By Commander Cathal O'Connor, U.S. Navy

    While serving on the staff of the Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Strike Group (SG), I participated in developing a continuous training plan that enabled the group to serve as a surge-ready combat force when it was called to deploy for Operation...

  • Professional Note: New Sub Equipment and Training Will Save Lives
    By Captain Bruce A. Cohen, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy

    Losses of disabled or distressed U.S. submarines to noncombat causes occurred all too frequently in the last century (19 boats). Given the Navy's renewed focus on operations in the world's littorals and growing commercial maritime traffic...

  • Book Reviews

    The Influence of Air Power upon History

    Walter J. Boyne. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2003. 447 pp. Bib. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Hill Goodspeed

  • U.S. Navy: ASW Requires Practice
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    There is increasing distress within the U.S. Navy over the threat presented by nonnuclear submarines in littoral waters, which now are considered to be the fleet's primary operating area. This concern is reflected in antisubmarine warfare (...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: Arleigh E. "Gene" Dotson

    was unable to go on to college when I graduated from high school in the lmid-1960s. Unsure about what I wanted to do, I enlisted in the Marine Corps. During my four...

  • Oceans: How Do You Take the Earth's Pulse?
    By Don Walsh

    Most oceanographic research uses mobile short-duration platforms such as ships, aircraft, and earth-orbiting space-craft. The observations are essentially "snapshots," and are satisfactory for many investigations. There is much work,...

  • Combat Fleets
    By A. D. Baker III

    The first of a new class of frigates for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the Ma-Anshan was launched at Jingnan-Hudong Shipyard, Shanghai, on 11 September 2003, and a second ship, the Guangzhou, followed only days later from Huangpu...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Innovation Needs More Support, Less Bacon
    By Lieutenant Commander Danelle Barrett, U.S. Navy

    The Navy values many things—leadership, tactical performance, and teamwork, to name a few—but how do we recognize and value innovation? We hear from senior leaders that innovation is critical if we are to "do more with less...

  • Lest We Forget: Douglas Hegdahl, Columbia
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Eric Wertheim

    Douglas Hegdahl

    Nineteen-year-old Douglas Hegdahl joined the Navy in 1966 to see the world. He soon got his wish. Within a few months he found himself on the gun line off North Vietnam in the cruiser USS Canberra (CAG-2)....

  • Points of Interest: VA Promises Changes Will Mean Better Health Care, Not Less
    By Tom Philpott

    Despite stiff criticism from some veterans and lawmakers who would see their local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals close, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi says he is "optimistic" a major restructuring of the...

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