Proceedings Magazine - August 2004 Vol. 130/8/1,218

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The Coast Guard Essay Contest is back—and you can see for yourself the value of this effort by reading the three prize-winning essays in this issue. In all cases, the authors take on...



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  • We Have More to Learn from Iraqi Freedom
    By Captain John C. MacKercher, USN

    The U.S. Navy’s performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and subsequent actions—in strike warfare, tactical aviation, and maritime interceptions—was highly successful. I was commanding officer of the San Jacinto (...

  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    The Coast Guard Essay Contest is back—and you can see for yourself the value of this effort by reading the three prize-winning essays in this issue. In all cases, the authors take on critical issues, lay out the challenges, and offer...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Submarine Ethos Runs Deep"

    (See M. Kessler, pp. 77-78, July 2004 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Eric Jensen, U.S. Navy-Ensign Kessler's analysis of the submarine ethos is what one would expect from an ensign who has...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: Transformation and Network-Centric Warfare Tested in Iraq
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Recent events in Iraq bring the character of defense transformation and of the new network-centric warfare concepts into sharper focus. Slightly more than a year ago, the transformed U.S. forces performed brilliantly in Iraq, rapidly defeating an...

  • Multimission Costs Too Much
    By Captain Bruce Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)

    The question before the Coast Guard is whether to retain its jack-of-all-trades doctrine or focus on a handful of missions related to the nation's most critical security requirements—such as maritime law...

  • Arm the Coast Guard for the War on Terror
    By Captain Steve Vanderplas, USCG

    The solution to an underequipped Coast Guard is not to assign the work—such as maritime boardings—to someone else, but to provide the Coast Guard with the resources to do its work properly.

  • From Sword to Shield: Naval Forces in the Global War on Terror
    By Rear Admiral James Stavridis and Captain Frank Pandolfe, USN

    In the past year, naval forces have transitioned from conventional combat operations to a complex global politico-military role in support of deterrence, counterterrorism, economic growth, and political stability....

  • Ask the Warriors about Iraq
    By Lieutenant Colonel (select) Stanton S. Coerr, USMCR

    President George W. Bush gathered U.S. support for invading Iraq by using two arguments: Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein supported al Qaeda terrorism. Now, vicious words and gratuitous finger pointing keep coming from...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...SEALs Need Better Support from Naval Intelligence
    By Chief Warrant Officer 2 J. Dayton Higday, USA

    I recently spent six months training and deploying with one group of U.S. Navy SEALs. I was allowed access to how and where they train, and also to how they are supported by naval intelligence. My mission as an Army military intelligence officer...

  • Education Is for Enlisted People, Too
    By Steve F. Kime

    Some say war is too important to be left to the admirals and generals. That is debatable—but the thought behind the notion is worth contemplating. What is the relationship of broad, critical thought to the mission at all levels of combat?...

  • A New System for Vessel Tracking
    By Ensigns Greg Lynch and Neal Corbin, U.S. Coast Guard

    With 361 ports to secure, 50,000 foreign cargo vessels entering the United States every year, and millions of small craft plying coastal waters, the Coast Guard needs a better way to track vessels and collect maritime intelligence.

  • New York Naval Militia Helps Meet Surge Safety and Security Requirements
    By Robert H. Pouch

    As with any military organization, the New York Naval Militia constantly trains and prepares for its missions, giving a great deal of attention to working with other federal, state, county, and local agencies to plan for contingencies and...

  • 'We Will NOT Forget'
    By Captain Norman (Buddy) Custard, U.S. Coast Guard

    In January 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed into the sea near Santa Barbara. The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast arrived on scene to begin what the crew hoped would be a rescue operation—it was not to be.

  • Navy Needs Heavy Lift/Countermine Helos
    By Commander Frank G. Coyle, USN

    A downsizing trend is squeezing out a critical component of the Navy's successful warfare capabilities. But no replacement has matched the MH-53E helicopter for lift capacity, range, and airborne mine countermeasures ability.

  • Change How Info Is Managed and Controlled
    By Commander Feza S. Koprucu, USN

    By placing the Navy and Marine Corps on the same network, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet allows future expeditionary forces to plan, change, and execute missions seamlessly.

  • Review of U.S. Army White Paper, "Serving a Nation at War"
    By Captain Peter Swartz, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    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....

  • The Politics of Port Visits
    By Captain Andrew C. A. Jampoler, USN (Ret.)

    On 5 November 1986, three ships, the USS Reeves (CG-24)—flying Admiral James A. "Ace" Lyons's four-star flag—USS Oldendorf (DD-972), and USS Rentz (FFG-46) steamed into Qingdao. The arrival of this small flotilla for...

  • Marines Must Train for Threats with No Boundaries
    By First Lieutenant Christopher Tsirlis, USMC

    Second Prize, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Infantry platoon commanders will be called on to conduct a variety of tasks—security patrol, vehicle checkpoint, humanitarian assistance, contract negotiation...

  • Professional Notes

    We Have More to Learn from Iraqi Freedom
    Captain John C. MacKercher, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy's performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and subsequent actions—in strike warfare, tactical aviation, and...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Coast Guard Leaders Must Be Accountable for Fitness
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Paul Casey, U.S. Coast Guard

    To meet today's heavy operational demands, Coast Guard leaders often-times are sacrificing enforcement of Coast Guard weight and fitness standards. This is a potentially deadly mistake that must be corrected by our leadership. If we do not...

  • Book Reviews

    Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century

    Geoffrey Till. London & Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2004. 430pp. Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. $36.95.

    Reviewed by Captain Sam J....

  • Naval Systems: Modular Design Guides Work on New Surface Systems
    By Ed Walsh

    The Navy's award in late May of two contracts for phase two of the littoral combat ship (LCS) program pushed the vessel onto center stage, as the second member of the "transformational" family of ships intended to redefine surface...

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

    The fourth and final MEKO A-200SAN frigate, the Menai, was delivered to the South African Navy on 15 june 2004. The Menai and three sisters, known as the Valour class, are based on a Blohm + Voss design and were ordered by South Africa in late...

  • Lest We Forget: Gerald Farrier, U.S. Type XXI Submarines
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and A. D. Baker III

    Gerald Farrier

    Gerald Farrier grew up in Batesville, Arkansas, and joined the U.S. Navy as a teen. He had risen steadily as an aviation boatswain’s mate and, at the age of 31, was a chief petty officer on the USS Forrestal...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: Lloyd G. LeCain Jr.

    My wife, Valentine, and I are retired Naval Reserve officers. We met at a reserve center. Valentine is Japanese American—she and her family were interned during World War II. She...

  • From Our Archive: Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper at Work

    Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper Chief Boatswain’s Mate Elson Small tends to the chores in St. Croix River Light, Red Beach, Maine, in the mid-1940s. This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You...

  • Charting Your Course: "Space A" Demystified
    By Christopher Michel

    We've all heard the stories of the people who travel the world for free on "Space A" or space-available travel, but I have yet to meet anyone who actually uses Space A. Are these urban legends, or is Space A a tangible benefit that...

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