Proceedings Magazine - January 2004 Vol. 130/1/1,211

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One search is over for the U.S. Naval Institute—Tom Wilkerson is on board and leading as CEO/Publisher—and another one begins. Naval Institute Press Director Ron Chambers has announced...



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    One search is over for the U.S. Naval Institute—Tom Wilkerson is on board and leading as CEO/Publisher—and another one begins. Naval Institute Press Director Ron Chambers has announced his retirement, effective 31 January.

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Mine Warfare Sensors Get Smarter

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Arm All Navy Helicopters"

    (See W. Tunick, M. Weaver, pp. 36-39, December 2003 Proceedings)

    Commander Jeffrey Barta, U.S. Navy-I was glad to read that Commander, Carrier Group Two has initiated plans for developing...

  • Al Qaeda Defeated – On to Its Demise
    By Rear Admiral Stuart Platt, USN (Ret.), and James Na

    The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were as unexpected and daring as they were murderous. There is no denying the resourcefulness of this adversary. But while initially successful, al Qaeda's strategy nevertheless contained the...

  • We Have a Process for Transformation
    By Dr. Thomas C. Hone

    In responding to Commander Jeff Huber's October 2003 article ("Invasion of the Transformers"), Captain Thomas Davis agrees with other critics that defense "transformation" is "a parlor trick that will produce no...

  • "Sanctuaries" Give Us the Edge
    By Adam B. Siegel

    The U.S. military currently has four de facto "sanctuaries" that create significant asymmetric advantages over any opponent. As demonstrated during Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere, U.S. forces can operate in the following realms...

  • The Coast Guard Needs Help from the Navy and Marine Corps
    By Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey A. C. Mones, USN

    The horrific events of 11 September 2001 signaled the end of a long-held belief that the U.S. homeland would never be attacked, especially by terrorists. Many measures have been implemented to prevent and deter future attacks, but in the maritime...

  • Posse Comitatus and the Military ln Domestic Law Enforcement
    By Andrew Webb

    Immediately after 11 September 2001, politicians looked to the military for a quick fix to the vulnerability exposed by terrorists. Not a week after the attacks, National Guard troops deployed to large airports with only vague orders as to how to...

  • Sea Basing Isn't Just about the Sea
    By Lieutenant Commander John J. Klein, USN, and Major Rich Morales, USA

    Sea Basing promises to make the oceans a permanent base for conducting military operations. The implications will reach farther than just the naval services. Not only will there be changes in the way the Army projects power...

  • Learning from the Masters
    By By Douglas Combs and Lieutenant Commander Fred Kacher, U.S. Navy

    Examining the characteristics of three masters of transformation—Jack Welch, Vince Lombardi, and Elmo Zumwalt—can help the Navy on its own journey.

    For the past three years, the word transformation has resonated...

  • Why Did Navy Helos Cross the Beach?
    By Lieutenant Commander Kevin P. Lenox, U.S. Navy

    U.S. Navy seals are counting on naval helicopters to maintain their ability to operate overland with little notice. This helo from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Six prepares to land near Jacobabad, Pakistan, in support of troops on the...

  • Sea Enterprise: Resourcing Tomorrow's Fleet
    By Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN


  • Special Report from Iraq: It's an Information War
    By Colonel Norvell B. De Atkine, USA (Ret.)

    Capturing Saddam Hussein was an important event. It was not a watershed, however. After seven months of only poor-quality audiotapes from Hussein and no video, some had begun to believe he was dead. In any event, he had very little control of the...

  • One Decade Later: Debacle in Somalia
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)

    The shoot-down of a Blackhawk helicopter on a mission to eliminate two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed was only part of the U.S. story in Somalia. For the 10th anniversary, principal players gathered for a...

  • Lethal in the Littoral: A Smaller, Meaner LCS
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Jonathan F. Solomon, U.S. Navy

    Much has been written on the littoral combat ship, but the most important question has yet to be debated: What do we want this revolutionary combatant to do for us? The answer will determine how LCS should be equipped, armed, and fought....

  • Why We Need Nonnuclear Subs
    By Lieutenant Commander Allen L. Edmiston, U.S. Navy

    Advances in power technology—such as those in the new German U31, employing a silent fuel-cell system in conjunction with air-independent propulsion—are making nonnuclear submarines more combat effective. Adding some nonnuclear...

  • Joint Is Dead: What Is Next?
    By Ensign Christopher Briem, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Joint operations will give way to the challenges of greater cooperation between the military and civilian organizations outside the Department of Defense—such as in Somalia, where this Marine stood guard during a Red Cross mission....

  • Professional Note: Acoustic Rapid Commercial Off-the-Shelf Insertion: A Model for the Future
    By Captain Richard A. Udicious, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), and Captain Michael E. Feeley, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in February 2003, Acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford Johnson said that antisubmarine warfare (ASW) "remains a challenging mission area, particularly in the shallow water littoral...

  • Professional Note: Tips on Project Management
    By Captain Erik Rosenberry, U.S. Marine Corps

    I reported to my first command fresh out of the Naval Supply School and was assigned to a Marine aircraft group (MAG) as the fiscal officer. Because I was the junior officer at group headquarters, I got the opportunity to "volunteer"...

  • Professional Note: UAVs Need a Better Road Map
    By Commander Russell Knight, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Keith Allford, U.S. Air Force

    The article by Commander William Johnson in the April 2003 Proceedings (pp. 37-39) and the subsequent letter by Captain William Toti in the May issue (p. 10) would lead readers to believe the Navy is culturally averse to unmanned aerial...

  • Professional Note: A Commercial Approach to Sea Basing-Afloat Forward Staging Bases
    By Stephen M. Carmel

    The utility of the floating forward support base used in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan added to experiences gained in 1994, when two aircraft carriers were used in this role during the U.S.-led intervention in Haiti. In 1980, a...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...We Must Defeat the Small-Boat Threat
    By Lieutenant Michael Farmer, U.S. Navy

    The Navy must increase its capability to defend against small-boat attacks—soon. Our adversaries know they cannot compete against us in a war at sea. What they can do is tailor their forces to exploit those areas we have overlooked.

  • Book Reviews

    The Iraq War: A Military History

    Williamson Murray and Major General Robert H. Scales Jr., USA (Ret.). Cambridge, MA: Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2003. 312 pp. Maps. Photos. Appen. Notes. Sources. Index. $25.95....

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...End Manned Aerial Reconnaissance
    By Commander Kevin J. Sudbeck, U.S. Navy

    Manned signals intelligence reconnaissance aircraft are things of the past. It is time to take the technological leap to high-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Fielding a new manned reconnaissance aircraft would not be cost-effective and...

  • Naval Systems: Open Architecture Takes Center Stage for Surface Warfare
    By Ed Walsh

    The program executive office for integrated warfare systems is looking toward a flag-level executive committee meeting set for this spring that will appraise the office's progress in defining for fleet operators, acquisition commands, and the...

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

    Seen here on the day of her launch, 27 July 2003, is the 620-ton Swedish Navy guided-missile patrol combatant Helsingborg, the second of five units of the Visby class on order from Karlskronavarvet, a subsidiary of Germany's HDW, which is...

  • Lest We Forget: John Kilby; Attack Squadron (VA) 36
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    John Kilby

    John Kilby went to sea as a privateer in the early days of the American Revolution. But it was his misfortune to be captured by the British and remain a prisoner of war for nearly two miserable years until released as part of...

  • Charting Your Course: Make Networking Work for You
    By Christopher Michel

    Using your network to get ahead no longer is optional. With a rapidly changing business environment, less understanding of military service by corporate America, and the increasingly transactional nature of employment, each of us needs to take...

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    Through Planning, His Legacy Lives On

    Longtime Naval Institute member Clarence G. "Gene" Leggett’s life came full circle when he was buried at sea by the crew of the USS Wasp (LHD-1).


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