Proceedings Magazine - September 2004 Vol. 130/9/1,219

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  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    At the Naval Institute, we believe our seminar program is Proceedings Live. We take issues identified on the pages of Proceedings—and many of the authors of these contributions—and feature them in a public forum. Like the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A New System for Vessel Tracking"

    (See G. Lynch and N. Corbin, pp. 40-42, August 2004 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: How Will Chinese Military Modernize?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army recently awarded a contract to a civilian firm for a fiber-optic net to connect its main command centers. This choice was in preference to asking a government company to do the work. While such a step...

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Intel: Deception, Decisions, Destiny
    By Carlos C. Campbell

    The war against Iraq raises several daunting questions. Did Saddam Hussein have weapons of mass destruction? Was he a threat to the United States? Was he involved with al Qaeda and the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks?

    The U.S....

  • How the Terrorists Can Win
    By Captain James F. Kelly, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After reviewing the various reactions to events precipitated by the slaughter of the four U.S. civilians in Falluja, the beheading atrocities, overreaction by much of the media to the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, and...

  • Dispelling the Myth of the MV-22
    By Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Gross, USMC

    In 2000, two tragic accidents grounded the Marine Corps' newest and most innovative aircraft, miring it in controversy and casting doubt on its future. Rigorous testing since then, however, has resulted in measures that...

  • Commanding the Contested Zones
    By Bridagier General Robert E. Schmidle, USMC, and Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)

    Lessons learned in Afghanistan and Iraq established the need for improving our capability to conduct wide-ranging netted operations that present more uncertainty to an adaptive and elusive enemy.

  • The Big Network Could Save Your Life
    By Rear Admiral Charles L. Munns, USN

    Integrating networks will transform a command establishment bogged down in red tape and old ways. During the Iraq conflict, digital networking enabled Army General Tommy Franks to use live data to make critical decisions....

  • Special: Experimentation Is the Way to Transformation
    By Chuck Myers

    In defense acquisition, there were times when a concept for a new flying machine progressed from idea to experimental hardware in less than a year, and sometimes even into production within three or four years, all without the Joint...

  • Military Off-the-Shelf Has Promise and Pitfalls
    By Lieutenant Commander Hunter Ware, USN

    Grafting missions onto existing platforms—such as adapting the F/A-18 for airborne electronic attack as the EA-18G "Growler"—can offer both money and time savings, but it also means accepting limitations.

  • The Value of Electronic Warfare Endures
    By Captain Ralph E. Poore, USN (Ret.)

    The use of electronic countermeasures (ECM) within naval aviation can be traced to 1943, when U.S. Navy patrol aircraft were equipped with crude detection capabilities to track radar signals from enemy warships. This initial capability was in...

  • Some Unmanned Combat Air Vessels Are Standing By
    By Lieutenant Commander Louis CasaBianca, USNR

    Nothing on the UCAV drawing boards compares with the capabilities offered by retrofitted surplus aircraft—following the lead of this unmanned QF-4—that could be flying in months.

  • Hand-Me-Down Jet
    By Commander Brooks Honeycutt, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    A member of VFP-779, a reserve fighter photo-reconnaissance squadron, recalls the day in 1951 when he and 16 other pilots took turns flying the squadron's only FJ-1 Fury jet airplane—and wearing its only helmet, to boot.

  • Extend the Defensive Umbrella
    By Lieutenant J. Michael Barrett, U. S. Naval Reserve

    Protecting and securing our military interests from terrorist attack also means protecting and securing the communities that host our bases and facilities.

  • Security Needs a Professional Officer Community
    By Captain John H. Orem, USN

    After the attack on the Cole (DDG-67) and the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, the Navy identified the need to increase the size of our security forces. We have nearly quadrupled the Master-at-Arms force, from some 1,700 to more than...

  • Review of U.S. Army White Paper, "Serving a Nation at War"
    By Colonel John A. Warden III, U.S. Air Force (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. This...

  • Professional Notes

    Navy Helos Should Support SEALs

    Lieutenant Commander John Zerr, U.S. Navy

    Not since the days of Vietnam have the Navy SEALs been afforded the opportunity to work this closely with their naval rotary-wing...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...There's a Little Bit of Fruitcake Left in the Pentagon
    By Captain T. LaMar Willis, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    When I read about our intended investment in three new tactical aircraft—the F-22, Joint Strike Fighter, and F/A-18 E/F—I am reminded of the lyrics of the great contemporary philosopher, commentator, and songwriter Jimmy Buffet. In...

  • Book Reviews

    Wings of Gold: The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II

    Gerald Astor. New York: Presidio, 2004. 464 pp. Photos. Bib. Index. $26.95.

    Reviewed by Captain Rosario M....

  • Oceans: Death in the Oceans
    By Don Walsh

    The World Ocean is "downhill" from all humankind's activities. Coastal seas receive a continuous flow of sewage, municipal wastes, and other pollutants—but it is here where most marine resource develoment takes place. In...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>

    The recently delivered Yemeni fast patrol boat P-1022, here undergoing sea trials in June 2004, is one of ten built by Austal Ships of Henderson, Western Australia, all of which are expected to be in service by the end of 2004. The vessels are...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Their Own Words: Joseph Callo and Sally McElwreath Callo

    Support for the Naval Institute Foundation comes from many sources, including the husband—wife team of Rear Admiral Joseph Callo and Captain Sally McElwreath Callo...

  • Lest We Forget: Larry Fletcher Potts; VF-126
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)

    Larry Fletcher Potts

    Larry Fletcher Potts and I are different. Most of our differences do not matter. One does.

    When Larry and I shot pool together in the evenings back in 1972, one might have noted some of these differences. I...

  • Charting Your Course: We're All Recruiters: How to Win the War for Talent
    By Christopher Michel

    This year, the Department of Defense will spend more than $2.5 billion to recruit Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force personnel. As you read this, more than 14,000 recruiters, a virtual army of sales professionals, are engaged in the...

  • From Our Archive: Marine Corps FB-1

    A Marine Corps FB-1 from Squadron VF-1M provides a resting spot for its pilot. The FBs were built between 1923 and 1929 and were the first successful Boeing-designed fighters. The FB-1 was a shore-based fighter, whereas its successors were...

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