Proceedings Magazine - February 2004 Vol. 130/2/1,212

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Sixty years ago next month, the Navy commissioned its first African American line officers at the Great Lakes, Illinois, Naval Training Station. The group included 12 ensigns and a warrant officer...



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    Sixty years ago next month, the Navy commissioned its first African American line officers at the Great Lakes, Illinois, Naval Training Station. The group included 12 ensigns and a warrant officer. Collectively known as the Golden Thirteen, they...

  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    The members of the U.S. Naval Institute are in the process of voting on an amendment to modify the mission of the organization and to elect the members of the Board of Directors and Editorial Board. The proposed new mission states: "Its...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Al Qaeda Defeated-On to Its Demise"

    (See S. Plan and J. Na, p. 2, January 2004 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    by Norman Polmar
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    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    U.S. Navy Scraps Frigate's Missiles

  • Naval Intel Must (Re)Acquire Core Skills
    By Commander Warren C. Wheeler, USN

    To remain relevant to operators, naval intelligence must instill in its officers core competencies that reflect today's demand for precision strike (here, JSOW).

  • Maneuver Warfare: It Worked in Iraq
    By F. J. Bing West

    In the Iraqi Freedom conflict, network-centric warfare concepts were not an option for the warriors at the front. Maneuver warfare techniques—as used by Major General James Mattis, here defining for the First Marine...

  • True Mentorship Is Never Scripted
    By Master Chief Quartermaster Michael Harrison, USN

    Enlisted Essay Contest 1st Prize

  • Asia, Now: Winning the War of Ideas
    By Lieutenant General Wallace C. Gregson, USMC

    Asia knows conflict. Now, just as the emerging "globalized" integrated regional and world economy shows a promise of reducing the potential for conflict, we add the threat of the new terrorism.

    We are accustomed to practical...

  • Naval Special Warfare—Littoral Force of Choice
    By George R. Worthington

    Special operations forces (SOFs) were pivotal to the success of the U.S. armed services in Operation Enduring Freedom, and they were highlighted by embedded war correspondents in the initial combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 50 years...

  • Tribute to Naval Signalmen
    By Captain David L. Woods, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    The near-inevitable loss to the U.S. Navy of the signalman rating represents much in the culture and lore of all naval services. The accomplishments, triumphs, and failures of signal personnel and systems have been recorded for history by a...

  • Harrier Carriers Perform in Iraqi Freedom
    By Lieutenant Commander Cindy Rodriguez, U.S. Navy, Major Michael Manzer Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, and Commanders Shawn Lobree and Jon Dachos, U.S. Navy

    With her embarked Harrier squadrons, VMA-542 and 223, the Bataan (LHD-5) became a strike platform, joining with the Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the Arabian Gulf to add fire power and flexibility to naval forces.

  • Naval Aviation Raises the Readiness Bar
    By Vice Admiral Michael D. Malone, Rear Admiral James M. Zortman, and Commander Samuel J. Paparo, U.S. Navy

    With six carrier strike groups ready to respond in short order, naval aviation will be prepared for the way it really fights—in quantity, as a battle force.

  • Proficient Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Analysts Are Expeditionary Warfare Necessities
    By Paul H. Marx

    Strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence are the eyes and ears of the Department of Defense, Without a steady supply of reliable, actionable intelligence, all our weapon systems and warriors essentially are rendered deaf, dumb, and blind...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Special Operations Are Not Just for Operators
    By Major Christopher B. Howard, U.S. Air Force Reserve

    It is a familiar refrain: young, talented intelligence officers, having experienced the thrill of working as the intelligence officer of an Army special forces group, an Air Force special tactics squadron, or a SEAL team, face their worst...

  • Seeing through the Fog of War
    By Colonel Mark F. Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    Is the fog of war an inevitable feature of conflict or can modern technology progressively reduce uncertainty to the point where it is not militarily significant?

    The debate about uncertainty in war might appear academic, but the...

  • ASW Is Back
    By Captain James H. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    This time it is not driven by the threat to transatlantic sea lanes of communication from large numbers of Soviet submarines, but by recognition of the ability of much smaller states to deny access to their littorals with a few submarines (...

  • Network Centric: War without Art
    By Commander John P Springett II, U.S. Navy

    Network-centric warfare promises to fulfill for the military the old motto of the founding fathers: E pluribus unum—Out of many, one. Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen will be connected to the highest echelons of command, and the...

  • lf You're the Chief, Be the Chief
    By Master Gunnery Sergeant Billy D. Stewart Jr., U.S. Marine Corps

    Enlisted Essay Contest Winner 2nd Prize

  • What We Are Doing Right
    By Intelligence Specialist First Class Thomas J. Miller, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Enlisted Essay Contest Winner, 3rd Prize

    Most people usually are moved to write only when their feelings about a matter rise to a level approaching passion. No one ever asked to see a restaurant manager because his meal was fair...

  • A Battle Stations Baptism
    By Personnelman Third Class Valentina Aleksa, U.S. Naval Reserve

    I joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in December 2001. Like everybody else who joined with me, I am sure, I felt more and more uneasy the closer it got to when I was supposed to fly to Chicago to proceed to Great Lakes to enter the nonprior service...

  • Henry Vinton Plummer: Slave, Sailor, Minister, and Chaplain
    By Commander John E. Carey, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Born into slavery, one extraordinary man escaped bondage at the start of the Civil War and began a distinguished record of service to his country that ended in controversy, racism, and dishonor. A campaign is under way to restore his reputation,...

  • Professional Note: DARWIN Gives First-Class Support to Planners
    By Robert B. Carleton

    The Dynamic Analytical Reporting Web-based Interactive Navigator (DARWIN) is a classified Web site that supports the command-and-control functional areas of force deployment, redeployment, planning, resupply, and readiness. Currently, the primary...

  • Professional Note: Forward Resuscitative Surgery in Operation Iraqi Freedom
    By Captain H. R. Bohman and Captain Bruce C. Baker, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, and Captain Rom A. Stevens, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve

    On 21 March 2003, U.S. Marines assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) streaked north toward Baghdad in the Corps' largest and most rapid overland combat operation. Within three weeks, forward elements of I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF...

  • Professional Note: Iridium Satellite Communications Are the Wave of the Future
    By Rear Admiral Hugh D. Wisely, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Not long ago, before Enron's fall from grace, a satellite communications (SatCom) venture called Iridium was one of the most highly publicized bankruptcies in the United States. There were stories of satellites falling from the sky, meltdown...

  • Professional Note: A Truly Transformational Unmanned Undersea Vehicle
    By Captain John C. Brandes, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Although there is a tendency to equate defense transformation with advanced technologies and future capabilities, nothing in the definition of transformation—or in the Navy's road map for transformation—suggests that new or high...

  • Book Reviews

    One of Us: Officers of Marines: Their Training, Traditions, and Values

    Jack Ruppert. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. 171 pp. Bib. Index. $49.95.

    Reviewed by John Allen Williams

  • Restore Authority to Service Chiefs
    By Robert Previdi

    In his answers to questions of the Armed Services Committee dated 27 September 2002, then-Marine Corps Commandant General James Jones made clear it is time to reconsider the Defense Department Reorganization Act of 1986 (Goldwater-Nichols). He...

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    By Richard Byrd Stewart

    Given the present shortfall in recruiting and increasing military commitments around the world, active reserve force levels have been stretched to the limit. Perhaps the only possible short-term solution is to call up more reserves and National...

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    By Don Walsh

    For thousands of years, mankind has been using natural substances for medical purposes. Common drugs such as aspirin, quinine, taxol, penicillin, and morphine originally came from tree barks, molds, and flowers. Folk medicine's long learning...

  • Combat Fleets
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    The first of two German-designed Type 212A submarines on order for the Italian Navy, the Salvatore Todaro was rolled out at Fincantieri's Muggiano yard on 6 November 2003. Sister Scire' is to follow this April, and the pair are planned to...

  • Lest We Forget: Peter Williams; Trathen (DD-530)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Eric Werthiem

    Peter Williams

    On the morning of 9 March 1862, the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) and the USS Monitor faced off in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to fight the first battle between ironclad ships....

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Navy’s First Black Admiral Joins Oral History Collection

    Generous individuals and naval organizations have enabled the Naval Institute to complete the oral history of retired Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the Navy...

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    Today, more than 300,000 men and women in uniform are deployed overseas, and mobilization levels are at their highest point since World War II. Beyond the considerable operational challenges faced by military personnel, periods of prolonged...


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