Proceedings Magazine - July 2004 Vol. 130/7/1,217

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Time flies. It has been 20 years since the Naval Institute Press published its first novel—The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. This...



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  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    Time flies. It has been 20 years since the Naval Institute Press published its first novel—The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. This book hit the Washington Post best-seller...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Great Midway Crapshoot"

    (See L. Gaillard, pp. 64-67, june 2004 Proceedings)

    Captain Chris Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired)-The account of the Battle of Midway has been a favorite of mine, but the way Mr. Gaillard tells...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: Ronald Reagan Set the Tone to Win the Cold War
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Former President Ronald Reagan died the day before the 60th anniversary of D-Day. D-Day was in many ways the beginning of the end of the European phase of World War II. President Reagan's term of office saw a somewhat analogous development in...

  • LCS Parts from the Past to Meet Today's Needs
    By Vice Admiral Timothy LaFleur, USN
  • Modular Mission Packages Offer Asymmetric Strength
    By Captain Walt Wright, USN

    The LCS will be the first Navy ship designed up front to accommodate a broad range of modular mission packages. Initial packages will focus on antisubmarine, antisurface, and mine warfare, and as technologies are developed and tested, the Navy is...

  • Open Architecture
    By Captain Richard T. Rushton, U.S. Navy

    The modern battlefield demands network-centric warfare (NCW), and open architecture is its most critical enabler. The family of integrated combat systems the U.S. Navy has in service, and is developing, is being transformed to embrace modern open...

  • How to Find a Career after Military Service
    By Sergeant Major John L. Horton, USMC (Ret.)

    A job-search campaign after leaving the military is likely to seem fraught with more peril, heartache, and hardships than military life ever did. Here are some tips to help you sail through the transition.

  • Military Is in Bad Good Bad Shape
    By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)

    Not long ago, the U.S. military was in terrible shape. How do we know? Because people now in high places said so.

  • Navy Strike Role Threatens Sea Control
    By Patrick J. Donahoe

    Recently, I was chatting with several Navy surface warfare officers and doing most of the listening. As one of the few Army officers on the Naval War College (NWC) faculty, I am not intimately familiar with warships and naval weapons. Even so, I...

  • I Remember President Reagan

    Vice Admiral Michael Kalleres, U.S. Navy (Retired)—During the seventh month of President Reagan's tenure in office, Muammar Khadafi issued his famous "line of death edict" in the summer of 1981. he claimed a portion...

  • Time for a Military Space Service
    By Major Franz J. Gayl, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    As U.S. capabilities to exploit space have declined-for example, the shrinking inventory of Titan IV vehicles undercuts our ability to put large payloads into orbit—those of other nations have been increasing. Without a separate,...

  • Opportunities Lost
    By Major Franz J. Gayl, USMC (Ret.)

    During the years immediately following the World War I armistice, U.S. Army Brigadier General William (Billy) Mitchell strongly advocated the establishment of an Air Force, separate from and outside of the Department of the Army. Military...

  • Space Based Weapons
    By Major Timothy E. Winand, U.S. Marine Corps

    The security and economic well-being of the United States and its allies and friends depend on the nation's ability to operate successfully in space . . . specifically, the U.S. must have the capability to use space as an integral part of...

  • Helicopters Will Provide Close Air Support
    By Lieutenant Mark E. Archer, USN

    Advanced technology promises to give helicopters the speed, range, and endurance to provide close air support to our troops around the world from the sea.

  • Nothing is So Strong as Gentleness
    By Janet and Chris Morris and Colonel G. I. Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Conflicts in the past offered few alternatives to deadly force. The recent rise of innovative and sophisticated nonlethal weapons, however, is giving military forces new options. Some of the newest systems in development or soon to be deployed...

  • Red Aegis
    By Commander Dominic DeScisciolo, USN

    A new class of guided-missile destroyers with Aegis-like technology, the Type 052C, may revolutionize fleet air defense for China's People's Liberation Army Navy. Will these ships be enough, however, to rectify one of China's most...

  • Review of the U.S. Army White Paper, "Serving a Nation at War—A Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities"

    The U.S. Army recently released "Serving a Nation at War—A Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities." This white paper—posted on our Web site—outlines the Army's vision for the future. In...

  • A War Crime by Any Other Name
    By Edwyn Gray

    Did orders issued in December 1941 by the Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet commander, Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham, adhere to the 1929 Geneva Convention? This British historian says no.

  • Professional Notes

    Naval Aviation Must Balance Current and Future Readiness
    Vice Admiral M. D. Malone, Rear Admiral J. M. Zortman, and Commander S. J. Paparo, U.S. Navy

  • Pilots Deserve Better Chutes
    By Ensign Cassidi A. Reese, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Ram-air parachutes, widely used by special forces such as these U.S. Navy SEALs, are more expensive than conventional...

  • "Rise Gentlemen! He Served on Samar!"
    By Second Lieutenant Dan Eagan, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Marine Major Littleton W. T. Waller faced a far less implacable enemy than the hordes of Chinese soldiers he had confronted in Peking in 1900 when he was asked to quell Filipino insurrectionists on Samar a year later—but the result was...

  • The Submarine Ethos Runs Deep
    By Ensign Michael W. Kessler, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The nature of life in a submarine, where all officers are responsible for the safe operation of the boat from the control room to the engine room, is the result of a unique ethos instilled from the beginning of a submariner's career....

  • Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
    By Ensign Everette Travis Ervin, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Certificates verifying one has "crossed a line," whether it is the Equator, the Arctic Circle, or the International Date Line, are meaningless bits of paper without the colorful—and sometimes rambunctious—ceremonies that...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Navy Should Tear Down Its "Mystery House"
    By Lieutenant Commander Danelle Barrett, U.S. Navy

    The Winchester Mystery House is an elegant, but curious 160-room Victorian mansion in San Jose, California. From 1884 until 1922, it was under continuous construction by the eccentric widow of the founder of the Winchester Rifles and Shotguns...

  • Book Reviews

    The Finishing School: Earning the Navy Seal Trident

    Dick Couch. New York: Crown, 2004. 288 pp. Photos. $25.00.

    Reviewed by Jed Bobbin

  • U.S. Navy: Sometimes, Good Enough Is Better
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Better is the enemy of good enough. That motto reportedly hung on the office wall of Admiral S. G. Goshkov, long-serving Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy. Goshkov realized that, never having enough funds for all his programs, he should not...

  • Oceans: Commission Crafts National Plan for the World Ocean
    By Don Walsh

    On 20 April 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy released its preliminary report. It is an ambitious and thorough examination of the oceans' importance to the nation. This is the first comprehensive high-level study of national ocean...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    The third and final Seawolf (SSN-21)-class submarine, the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is expected to enter U.S. Navy service in December 2005.

  • The Bracelet
    By Susan Creed Percy

    Rays from the morning sun slipped under the shade and bounced off the silvery metal like an exclamation point. Even without my glasses I knew it was the bracelet. I knew the inscription on it—Lt. Barton S. Creed, USN-MIA, March 13, 1971...

  • Lest We Forget: Marvin Shields, VAW-110
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Marvin Shields

    The Navy’s construction battalions, or “SeaBees,” are virtual miracle workers when it comes to quickly building naval bases and airfields in remote locations. Sometimes, the pouring of concrete or the...

  • Charting Your Course: Your Security Clearance Is a Perishable Asset
    By Christopher Michel

    Eventually, the time comes for many of us to evaluate the marketability of the skills, qualifications, and experiences we have gained through military service. We hope a prospective employer will appreciate our proven leadership abilities, sharp...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    “Snuffy” Smith’s Oral History in the Works

    War fighters, aviators, friends, and admirers are joining together to underwrite retired Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith’s oral history. Before his...

  • From Our Archive: Reagan Gives VA Cabinet Rank

    During remarks delivered just prior to the signing of the bill giving the Veteran’s Administration Cabinet rank, President Ronald Reagan said, “This bill gives those who have borne America’s battles, who have defended the...

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