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By Tom Marfiak
May 2003
I wish every member could have joined us for our 129th Annual Meeting and 13th Annapolis Seminar. While we had some negative news to report—primarily an operating deficit for 2002—the ...

Comment and Discussion

May 2003
"UAVs Need Doctrine & Tactics"(See W. Johnson, pp. 37-39, April 2003 Proceedings)Captain William J. Toti, U.S. Navy—Commander Johnson is exactly right when he calls for a Navy ...

You Can't Assume Nothin'

By Colonel John M. Collins, USA (Ret.)
May 2003
The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, in concert with a few faithful allies, performed amazing feats during the first three weeks of Operation Iraqi Freedom ...


By Captain Dan Moore, USN
May 2003
What strategy caused the Iraqi regime to collapse? What must the United States and Britain do to consolidate the fleeting gains of a historic military victory? PISRR: penetrate-isolate-subvert-reorient-reharmonize.In the ...

Mine Countermeasures a Success

By Rear Admiral Paul Ryan, U.S. Navy
May 2003
Mine countermeasures operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom have been an unqualified success: the continued presence of U.S. naval forces in the northern Arabian Gulf prior to the outbreak of hostilities ...

Navy Cannot Rest on Its Laurels

By Vice Admiral Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.)
May 2003
The naval war in Iraq is now history. In fact, Task Force History, a group of historians and other professionals skilled in interview and collection, is already on board ships ...

Our Flag Has Meaning

By Lieutenant Commander Daniel P. "Skip" Shaw, U.S. Navy
May 2003
Recently I was asked about the flag. It was a pretty innocuous question: "How does that make you feel to watch the flag at colors?" I answered the question and ...

Both Gulf Wars Offer Lessons

By Norman Friedman
May 2003
As this is written, the war for Iraq is entering its third week. At least some Iraqis are resisting—perhaps much more stubbornly than expected—because the stakes are high for them ...

Net-centric Fogs Accountability

By Captain Chris Johnson, USN (Ret.)
May 2003
Linked by high-tech communications systems, commanding officers never again will be alone at sea, and their ability to control the fates of their ships independently appears to be eroding as ...

Persistent Combat Power

By Admiral Vern Clark, USN
May 2003
In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Navy defined the Chief of Naval Operations' vision for the future: delivering credible, persistent combat power to the far corners of the earth.

No Time for the Draft

By Captain J. F. Kelly Jr., USN (Ret.)
May 2003
With a long and difficult struggle facing us in the war on terrorism and the military services stretched thin, it was inevitable that talk of bringing back the draft would ...

Rebalancing the Fleet Round 2

By Captain Sam J. Tangredi, USN
May 2003
Second Prize—Arleigh Burke Essay Contest "A country can, or will, pay only so much for its war fleet…Will you have a few very big ships, or more numerous medium ships ...

What Shall It Profit a Man?

By Commander Kevin S. J. Eyer, U.S. Navy
May 2003
Third Prize—Arleigh Burke Essay ContestNaval officers have a responsibility to care for their people and to carry out the orders of their seniors, but if they perform these functions ...

Military Not Complaining about Coverage

by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, USMCR (Ret.)
May 2003
The war in Iraq was only a week old when CNN treated its audience to a brief but remarkable event: for a couple of minutes, amidst pictures of missiles and ...

Adapting Is Key for Casualty Care

By Captain Arthur M. Smith, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
May 2003
Commanders must think creatively to provide casualty care in the dynamic environment of combat.After the Cold War, changes in international relations shifted the Navy's focus from countering a global ...

New Doctrine Must Be Flexible and Dynamic

By Dr. Milan Vego
May 2003
The Navy is rewriting its guiding doctrine publication for the first time in 50 years. It will prepare tomorrow’s combat commanders to make good and quick decisions involving tactical or ...

Forward . . . From the Start

By Captain Peter Swartz, USN (Ret.)
May 2003
The U.S. Navy has a long history of contributing to homeland defense. But its most effective way of keeping the nation secure is and always has been the capability of ...

The U.S. Navy in Review

By Scott C. Truver
May 2003
Crisis and conflict challenged the Navy throughout 2002 and into 2003. Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terrorism "red-lined" operational and personnel tempos, and underscored the nation's critical ...

The U.S. Marine Corps in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2003
As President George W. Bush explained in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in June 2002, U.S. security requires a military "ready to strike at a moment's notice in ...

The U.S. Coast Guard in Review

By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
May 2003
On 1 March 2003, the Coast Guard transferred from the Department of Transportation (DoT) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During an emotional "change of the watch" ceremony, Secretary ...

Naval Aircraft and Weapons Developments

By David L. Parsons
May 2003
The past year proved to be momentous as Operation Enduring Freedom continued to rely on a wide range of naval aviation assets, and the Naval Air Systems Command team continued ...

Congressional Watch

by Bradley Peniston
May 2003
Dire words had not yet erupted into war when the looming conflict began to roil the budget-hearing season on Capitol Hill. For the second time in George W. Bush's presidential ...

Notable Naval Books

By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2003
Year after year, authors and publishers produce a steady stream of books about wars past, present, and to come. Last year that stream flowed as far back as the early ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
May 2003
Of four 6,000-7,000-ton guided-missile destroyers building at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai for the Chinese People's Army Navy, two of an initial version referred to as Project 052B—launched in September ...

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