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September 2003
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: "How ...

Comment and Discussion

September 2003
"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 ...
LOCKHEED MARTIN (PETER A. TORRES)

STOVL JSFs Put Teeth in Sea Basing

By Major Andrew G. Shorter, U.S. Marine Corps
September 2003
Adoption of the short take-off/vertical landing Joint Strike Fighter by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force would dramatically increase aviation capability and transform the nation's carrier air power.
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Don't Silence Navy Chat

By Commander Timothy Jara and Lieutenant Commander Matt Lisowski, U.S. Navy
September 2003
Since Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Defense Department is in the midst of streamlining and standardizing texted-based chat protocols across the services.
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Best Practices for the Surface Warfare XO

By Lieutenant Commander Cathal O'Connor and Lieutenant Commander Bill Parker, U.S. Navy
September 2003
So you just received orders assigning you as the executive officer. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your tour.

Details of DDG-51 Throttle Modes of Operation

By Commander Terry D. Mosher, U.S. Navy
September 2003
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 ...

P-3s Remain Frontline Combatants

By David Reade
September 2003
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 ...

Unmanned and Unafraid

By Norman Polmar
September 2003
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 ...

Modify the Ship, Not the Vehicle

By Robert A. Lynch
September 2003
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 ...

Rethinking Air Apportionment

By Lieutenant Colonel Edward Weber, U.S. Air Force
September 2003
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 ...

Creating a Surge Ready Force

By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy
September 2003
The new Fleet Response Plan will mean more units ready and able to answer when the Commander-in-Chief calls. For more than half a century, the defense of our nation keyed ...

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)
September 2003
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 ...

Fix Net Centric for the Operators

By Captain David C. Hardesty, U.S. Navy
September 2003
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 ...

'Yank & Bank' with Jay Hubbard

By First Lieutenant Donald A. Macaulay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
September 2003
Style, flair, and a "first-to-try-anything" attitude made this squadron commander a legend in Marine Corps aviation. Recently, I sat with a gaggle of old fighter-pilot buddies, telling war stories. While ...

U.S. Naval Academy Is Not Just for Midshipmen

By Lieutenant Mark DeBuse, U.S. Navy
September 2003
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 ...

An Officer's Authority and Responsibility

By Vice Admiral Gerald E. Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2003
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 ...

New Twist for Arleigh Burkes

By Commander Terry D. Mosher, U.S. Navy
September 2003
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
September 2003
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 ...

Let All Ships' Sailors Qualify as Air Warfare Specialists

By Commander John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy
September 2003
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 ...

The Navy Needs More Warrant Officers

By Chief Quartermaster Christopher Briem, U.S. Naval Reserve
September 2003
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 ...

Book Reviews

September 2003
Punk's Wing Ward Carroll. New York: Signet, 2003. 376 pp. $6.99. Reviewed by David North Ward Carroll's new novel, Punk's Wing , has all the elements for a book about ...

Naval Systems: Inching Toward FORCEnet

By Ed Walsh
September 2003
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" ...

Combat Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
September 2003
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 ...
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Lest We Forget: John Elliot Williams, VAW-122

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)
September 2003
John Elliot Williams When the U.S. Navy conducted so-called brown-water operations on the rivers and littorals of Vietnam, it vested a great deal of responsibility in a number of senior ...

Intel Buyers Beware

By Thomas J. Hirschfeld
September 2003
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 ...