Proceedings Magazine - May 2004 Vol. 130/5/1,215

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The winning essays of the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest, sponsored by a grant from Northrop Grumman, are published in this issue. This longest-running of the Naval Institute’s essay contest,...



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  • U.S. Naval Battle Force Changes
  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    The winning essays of the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest, sponsored by a grant from Northrop Grumman, are published in this issue. This longest-running of the Naval Institute’s essay contest, launched in 1879 as the General Prize Essay Contest...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Why Are Victims Our Only War Heroes?"

    (See R. Grassland, pp. 42-43, April 2004 Proceedings')

    "The Legend-and Lessons-of Jessica Lynch"

    (See J. Kelly, p. 2, March 2004; L. Benson, pp. 12-14, April 2004...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Barbarians at the Gate
    By Paul H. Marx

    Our adversaries in the global war on terrorism will not fight us at sea or in the air or ontraditional naval terms. They will intermingle with innocent civilians and continue to choose symbolic soft targets. “Sea...

  • 'Our Enemy Is Not Terrorism'
    By John Lehman

    The former Secretary of the Navy and current member of the Kean Commission investigating the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States (center) addressed the U.S. Naval Institute 130th Annual Meeting and...

  • Interview: Douglas Brinkley

    The author of the new book, Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (New York: William Morrow, 2004) spoke recently with the Naval Institute’s Fred L. Schultz. The...

  • Expeditionary Strike Groups Are Misaligned
    By Captain Terry C. Pierce, USN

    Expeditionary strike group forward-deployed naval forces (ESG FDNF) remains an undervalued concept. Although it was in Chief of Naval Operations Vernon Clark’s “Guidance for 2004” as one of the extraordinary alignment...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Revolt of the Generals Is Coming
    By Commander Norman R. Denny, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The headlines are sadly familiar: personal animosity arises between the Secretary of Defense and a service chief; a major weapon system is canceled; a service secretary resigns; and a campaign of “leaks” is orchestrated to resurrect...

  • The Value of Open Debate
    By Milan Vego

    The discussion about whether to express one's views on purely professional matters on the pages of the Proceedings or some other professional journal seems superfluous and a waste of time. We live in a free society, and we should be...

  • 'Every Night I Pray for America'
    By Captain Keith J. Allred, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy

    The envelope was addressed to me by name, and had been sent by the U.S. ambassador to Italy. It was an invitation to attend the annual Memorial Day observance at the U.S. War Cemetery at Nettuno, not far from the storied landing beaches of Anzio...

  • The Navy Is More Than Hauling Marines
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Sea control is the sine qua non for all Navy functions, missions, and endeavors. To get it and keep it requires large, fast ships, control of the air and sea, and strong antisubmarine and mine countermeasures forces.

  • Between Scylla and Charybdis: Discussion and Dissent in the Navy
    By Captain Randall G. Bowdish, USN

    Next came Charybdis, who swallows the sea in a whirlpool, then spits it up again. Avoiding this we skirted the cliff where Scylla exacts her toll. Each of her six slavering maws grabbed a sailor and wolfed him down. -Homer, The Odyssey...

  • Transforming the Civil-Military Divide
    By Lieutenant Kenneth Harbaugh, USN

    The U.S. Navy has long suffered an uneasy relationship with the public it serves. We are a fundamentally undemocratic institution, insular by nature, with a tradition and culture necessarily separate from the nation at large. John Paul Jones...

  • U.S. Navy, Inc.
    By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)

    The Navy is big business, and business has valuable lessons for our Navy.

    The business of the Navy is ships," said Alfred Thayer Mahan a hundred years ago. Today, we would add, "and aircraft, submarines, computers,...

  • Unwrapping the ROE Axle
    By Commander Mike Palmer, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy

    A Navy lawyer looks to a cartoon by the late Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeft MacNelly to help demystify how operators should interpret the rules of engagement.

  • Shock and Awe Has Failed
    By Colonel Michael G. Dana, USMC

    Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense, 18 January 2013:

    China's unprovoked attack against Taiwan on 10 October 2011 drastically shifted the balance of power in the Pacific. Chinese tanks still patrol the streets of Taipei, enforcing...

  • Fear and Loathing in the QDR
    By Lieutenant Colonel Kirk A. Yost, USAF (Ret.)

    One officer. Two years. Three different offices all preparing for the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review. It was like switching among gangs during a single street fight. As the new QDR approaches, some lessons can be learned from this field...

  • U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    "You know," said Admiral Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations, leaning forward during a mid-March 2004 interview, "our people were at the heart of everything the Navy accomplished last year. It is truly a wonderful thing; we are...

  • U.S. Navy: Airborne ASW: A Critical Issue (Part 2)
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The future of Navy ship-based helicopters presents some issues of concern and controversy for many in the U.S. Navy.1 Previously, the Navy operated SH-60B Seahawks from surface combatants in the antisubmarine warfare (ASW) role, SH-60F...

  • U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)

    When the Marine Corps capstone concept "Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare" appeared in 2001, you might easily have dismissed it as just another service white paper. The course of 2003, however, underscored the meaning of phrases such as...

  • U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG (Ret.)

    Superior operational service is our core purpose, and we have long been recognized as the world's best Coast Guard. America expects that we will bring the same level of professionalism and maritime leadership to the war on terrorism that...

  • World Naval Developments: Wars Against Terrorism and Iraq Could Shape U.S. Forces
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Recent discussions of terrorism and the war in Iraq suggest some points worth raising. Both kinds of warfare are likely to shape our forces in the future. In September 2001 the United States had just been attacked, on its own soil, for the first...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry in Review
    By Dr. Shashi Kumar

    The cyclical nature of the maritime sector is well recognized in academic literature and professional journals. Historically, these cycles of shipping boom and bust have remained short, often because of the proclivity of shipowners to overbuild...

  • U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Developments
    By David L. Parsons

    Last year, naval aviation contributed a wide range of capabilities to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that surpassed precedents set in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Employment of sea-based aviation for "24/7" close air support to...

  • References
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  • US. Naval Battle Force Changes
    by Samuel Loring Morison
  • Lest We Forget: Quincy Truett, Attack Squadron 72
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Quincy Truett

    On the night of 20 January 1969, five U.S. Navy riverine craft growled their way along the very narrow Kinh Dong Tien Canal in the Mekong Delta. Drooping fronds of Nipa palm brushed by as Yeoman First Class G. H. Childress...

  • Charting Your Course: General Manager 2.0
    By Christopher Michel

    I remember a lieutenant telling me during my midshipmen cruise that being a division officer was kind of like coaching a baseball team without knowing how to play baseball. He was trying to tell me that Navy leaders were general managers,...

  • From Our Archive

    Sailors sometimes earned extra cash by sewing "tailor-mades," slightly modified uniforms that were preferred to regulation issue. Seamsters from the USS New York (ACR-2) pose in the early 1900s with the cruiser's pets. This and...

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