Editor's Page

By F.H. Rainbow
July 2004
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

July 2004
"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 ...

Open Architecture

By Captain Richard T. Rushton, U.S. Navy
July 2004
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, ...

Military Is in Bad Good Bad Shape

By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)
July 2004
Not long ago, the U.S. military was in terrible shape. How do we know? Because people now in high places said so.During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush ...

Navy Strike Role Threatens Sea Control

By Patrick J. Donahoe
July 2004
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 Remember President Reagan

July 2004
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 ...

Time for a Military Space Service

By Major Franz J. Gayl, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
July 2004
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 ...

Opportunities Lost

By Major Franz J. Gayl, USMC (Ret.)
July 2004
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 ...

Space Based Weapons

By Major Timothy E. Winand, U.S. Marine Corps
July 2004
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. ...

Helicopters Will Provide Close Air Support

By Lieutenant Mark E. Archer, USN
July 2004
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.A helicopter's responsiveness, agility, and ...

Nothing is So Strong as Gentleness

By Janet and Chris Morris and Colonel G. I. Wilson, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
July 2004
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 ...

Red Aegis

By Commander Dominic DeScisciolo, USN
July 2004
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 ...

A War Crime by Any Other Name

By Edwyn Gray
July 2004
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.Italian ...

Professional Notes

July 2004
Naval Aviation Must Balance Current and Future ReadinessVice Admiral M. D. Malone, Rear Admiral J. M. Zortman, and Commander S. J. Paparo, U.S. NavyCurrent and future readiness remain two ...

Pilots Deserve Better Chutes

By Ensign Cassidi A. Reese, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2004
Commander William Earl Fanin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay ContestRam-air parachutes, widely used by special forces such as these U.S. Navy SEALs, are more expensive than conventional canopies currently ...

"Rise Gentlemen! He Served on Samar!"

By Second Lieutenant Dan Eagan, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
July 2004
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 ...

The Submarine Ethos Runs Deep

By Ensign Michael W. Kessler, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2004
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 ...

Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash

By Ensign Everette Travis Ervin, U.S. Naval Reserve
July 2004
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 ...

Book Reviews

July 2004
The Finishing School: Earning the Navy Seal Trident Dick Couch. New York: Crown, 2004. 288 pp. Photos. $25.00.Reviewed by Jed BobbinIt always is amusing to listen to politicians ...

U.S. Navy: Sometimes, Good Enough Is Better

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
July 2004
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
July 2004
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. She differs from her two predecessors in having a ...

The Bracelet

By Susan Creed Percy
July 2004
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 ...
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Lest We Forget: Marvin Shields, VAW-110

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, USN (Ret.)
July 2004
Marvin ShieldsThe 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 ...
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Naval Institute Foundation

July 2004
“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 retirement from the ...