Proceedings Magazine - October 2004 Vol. 130/10/1,220

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Last month in this column, we said our seminar program is Proceedings Live—and at Forum 2004 on 7 September in Crystal City, the 18 speakers, panelists, and moderators delivered on...



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  • Editor's Page
    By F.H. Rainbow

    Last month in this column, we said our seminar program is Proceedings Live—and at Forum 2004 on 7 September in Crystal City, the 18 speakers, panelists, and moderators delivered on that promise. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "How the Terrorists Can Win"

    (See J. Kelly, p. 30, September 2004 Proceedings)

    Paul J. Madden-I agree with Captain Kelly. We need to save Iraq for the 15% of Iraqis who actually want us there. If the other 85% don't...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • World Naval Developments: What Are the Parallels of 1914 Germany and 2004 Iran?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Ninety years ago, the great powers of Europe collided in World War I, in many ways shaping the modern world. For example, that war broke up the Ottoman Empire and created the states of the Middle East. World War II and even the Cold War seem more...

  • Culture-Centric Warfare
    By Major General Robert H. Scales Jr., USA (Ret.)

    Transformation has been interpreted as exclusively technological, but against an enemy who fights unconventionally—as this civil military operations team faced in Afghanistan—it is more important to understand...

  • Who's Responsible for Losing the Media War in Iraq?
    By James Lacey

    The military laments that its successes in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone unnoticed, while any bad news is immediately set on by a national media intent on painting every U.S. commitment as a quagmire. This might be true,...

  • Swift Boats: Hard Day on the Bo De
    By Admiral Paul A. Yost Jr., USCG (Ret.)

    In an edited excerpt from an oral history conducted by the Naval Institute’s Paul Stillwell, the former Coast Guard Commandant recalls in vivid detail a Swift boat operation he led as a commander up the Ca Mau’s...

  • Will Judgment Be a Casualty of NCW?
    By Lieutenant Commander Larry LeGree, USN

    Technology is a powerful enabler, but it threatens to compromise the decision-making prerogatives of the commander closest to the action with the best view to make decisive judgments.

  • Congress's Deeds Do Not Match Its Words
    By Winslow T. Wheeler

    Some observers regard the 9/11 Commission's findings and recommendations as holy writ. Whether they are or are not, congressional reaction to the commission deserves minute scrutiny. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Save the Tico!
    By Scott C. Truver

    For nearly four years, the Bush administration has focused on a no-holds-barred transformation of the U.S. military to meet daunting, if ambiguous, 21st-century asymmetrical threats and challenges to security at home and abroad. That review has...

  • Let Them Eat Democracy
    By Steven Pressfield

    "We are here to help the Vietnamese. Because inside every gook is an American trying to get out."

    The quote above—from Stanley Kubrick's film, Full Metal Jacket—was of course played for satire. Unfortunately, if...

  • A Farewell to the Gulf
    By Commodore P. D. Jones, Royal Australian Navy

    The author arrived in the USS Paul Hamilton in late 2002 to command maritime interception operations in the Arabian Gulf and become a strong and vital link in the Coalition forces that supported Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Officers Have Exceptional Responsibility
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gary E. Slyman, USMC (Ret.)

    As exemplified by Commander Scott Waddle, who voluntarily retired after the 2001 collision of the USS Greeneville (SSN-772) with the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru, officers' heightened accountability for the actions of subordinates...

  • Strike Subs Before They Are at Sea
    By Rear Admiral W. J. Holland Jr, USN (Ret.)

    By the end of World War II, Allied naval forces were attacking Adolf Hitler's U-boats long before they could reach convoys. Sixty years later, antisubmarine warfare has reverted to the defensive tactics of the past. Bringing the fight to...

  • Electronic Fires Deserve Joint Targeting Cycle Tasking
    By Lieutenant John W. D. Kurtz, USN

    Second Prize Winner, Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

    Sponsored by a grant from Boeing

    For the Navy EA-6B Prowler-here with two Air Force F-15s and one F-16-to...

  • Keep Men in the Loop
    By Major William D. Hallahan, USMC

    Third Prize Winner, Armed Forces Joint Warfighting Essay Contest

    Sponsored by a grant from Boeing

    After serving for decades on the front lines of the Cold War at sea...

  • It Pays to Do the Dirty Work
    By Ensign Anne Gibbon, U.S. Navy

    Second Honorable Mention, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Ensigns can learn a lot when they roll up their sleeves.

  • Professional Notes

    Naval Coastal Warfare: The Fleet's Eyes in the Littorals
    Lieutenant Commander Christopher Rawley, U.S. Navy

    During the 1991 Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the U.S. military was virtually unopposed in...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Breach of Contract
    By Captain Brian Hayes, U.S. Army Reserve

    The event itself was horrible—American bodies mutilated, dragged through the streets, and hanged from a bridge, casualties of a roadside ambush and an angry mob in Fallujah, Iraq. Its symbolic significance, however, was even greater. The...

  • Book Reviews

    In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat

    Rick Atkinson. New York: Henry Holt, 2004. 319 pp. Photos. $25.00.

    Reviewed by Jeffery A. Charlston

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Court Has Adjourned
    By Master Chief Torpedoman's Mate Michael R. Vimislik, U.S. Navy

    The sun finally has set on our traditional chief petty officer initiation. Many changes to the initiation process over the years seem to have been driven by political expediency and have irrevocably harmed both this process and our collective...

  • Naval Systems: New Motor Drive Showcases Power-Technology Success
    By Ed Walsh

    The Office of Naval Research has awarded a contract to the Power Systems Group (PSG) of L-3 Communications' SPD Technologies division for development and production of an advanced propulsion motor drive that is expected to reduce dramatically...

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

    rior to and during the 2004 Olympic summer games, dozens of Greek naval and coast guard vessels, in conjunction with maritime forces from NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean, helped monitor more than 9,000 miles of coastline in the...

  • Rethinking the Principles of War—One Year On
    By Vice Admiral John G. Morgan, U.S. Navy, and Dr. Anthony D. Mc Ivor

    One year ago this month, Proceedings published our "Rethinking the Principles of War." Intended as a call to reflection, the article generated considerable action. A survey at this juncture offers a measure of the continued...

  • Lest We Forget: Joseph K. Taussig Jr.; USS Langley (CV-27)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and A. D. Baker III

    Joseph K. Taussig Jr.

    On 7 December 1941, Ensign Joseph K. Taussig Jr. had just relieved the officer of the deck on the battleship Nevada (BB-36) and was in the midst of executing morning colors when a Japanese bomber opened...

  • Charting Your Course: General Quarters at Post 165
    By Christopher Michel

    For many people, the very mention of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars conjures up images of members of the "Greatest Generation" wearing garrison covers. Together, these two venerable veteran service organizations (VSOs)...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In His Own Words: Earl F. Rippee

  • From Our Archive: World War I Liberty Bond Truck

    A World War I liberty bond truck makes the rounds in the streets of Washington, D.C.

    This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You...

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