Proceedings Magazine - February 2005 Vol. 131/2/1,224

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This year's West 2005—our annual San Diego conference and exposition cosponsored with AFCEA—will be the largest one in its 15-year history. Speakers, panelists, and moderators will...



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  • Editor's Page
    By F. H. Rainbow

    This year's West 2005—our annual San Diego conference and exposition cosponsored with AFCEA—will be the largest one in its 15-year history. Speakers, panelists, and moderators will address all aspects of: Beyond Iraq: How Do We...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Baghdad: Help Wanted" (See R. Wray, pp. 45-47, January 2005 Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Michael L. Farmer, U.S. Navy-Captain Wray has answered a question I have been wondering about for a couple of months now: Does the Navy staff...

  • Detention Center Conviction Highlights Supervisory Deficiencies
    By Major Kelly P. Houlgate, USMC

    I am concerned about the recent court-martial of Marine Major Clarke Paulus, an inspector-instructor (I&I) with the reserve 2d Battalion, 25th Marines (2/25). As the officer assigned to supervise 2/25's detention camp in Iraq, he was...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Australian Coastal Defense Infringing?

  • A Bridge Too Far
    By Lieutenant B. W. Stone, USN

    Recent efforts to "balance" current and future readiness in naval aviation have cut too far into current capabilities. Operational and flight-training budget reductions and aircraft retirements—including the S-3...

  • Restore the Foundation of Naval Intelligence
    By Commander Jason Hines, USN

    What makes naval intelligence unique? What does it contribute to the success of the fleet? Is it still relevant? It had better be, for customers such as these aviators assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two as they listen to a...

  • Keep the Best, Let Go of the Rest
    By Chief Electronics Technician Paul Morin, USNR

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark mandated a "realignment" of personnel. The measures of success of this move will be to reduce manpower and to keep the best sailors. Letting go of its poorest-...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Academy Can Do Better
    By Bruce Fleming

    The U.S. Naval Academy, where I have been an English professor for almost 18 years, is the crown jewel of commissioning sources for the Navy and Marine Corps. It enjoys the reputation of being an elite academic institution with academically...

  • Steady Fleet Needed in Times of Disaster
    By Michael J. Rice

    There are lots of reports of DoD's plans to shrink our Navy further. The same week saw the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean region. Who was there first? The Navy and the Marine Corps were.

  • Commentary: Private Military Companies
    By Paul Marx

    Transformation is the favorite buzzword in the current Department of Defense (DoD). While change in our armed forces is long overdue, the greatest transformation is occurring outside the govenment, with the wholesale embrace of privatized...

  • Overhaul Naval Intel to Support the War Fighters
    By Lieutenant Mario Ona, USN

    After donning its helmet and flack jacket and becoming a soldier in the global war on terrorism, naval intelligence now must return to its post. With new direction and the constraints naval operators are encountering, it is paramount that naval...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Character Development Shouldn't Stop after Commissioning
    By Lieutenant Francisco J. Alsina, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Naval Academy does a fantastic job with its character and ethics development. It was not always that way, however. During the fall 1992 semester, there was a major cheating scandal that rocked the academy to its core. Electrical...

  • Wolf PAC: Exploiting Distributed Operations
    By Commander Gregory E. Glaros, USN

    Quickly producing investment options that can adapt to an uncertain future should be the Department of Defense's main objective. Wolf PAC's goal will be to perform operational experimentation that examines the increasing command-and-...

  • The Wolf Pack
    By Jeffrey R. Cares

    While it is impossible to determine the operational characteristics of complex, distributed, networked forces that do not yet exist, one can examine other disciplines for force design principles, potential experimental hypotheses, and new ideas...

  • It's Not Just the Information—It's the Correlation
    By Colonel James J. Kuzmick, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    What is ForceNet? What will it look like? How will it help the Navy and Marine Corps? Although there are no firm answers to these questions yet, this new network will be familiar to Internet users. One thing is certain: ForceNet will not be...

  • Waiting to Be Ready Is Not an Option
    By Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Steven Haugh, USN

    The new Fleet Response Plan requires that the Navy must be able to provide six carrier strike groups within 30 days for contingencies anywhere in the world. A great idea on paper, but what does it really mean to the average sailor and wrench...

  • Core Values: More than Just Words
    By Intelligence Specialist First Class Thomas J. Miller, USNR

    I did not join the Navy because its core values appealed to me more than did those of the other branches of the armed services. It just worked out that way.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Promote Proven Sailors First
    by Master Chief Machinist's Mate Mark Butler, U.S. Navy

    We would not dream of promoting sailors to chief petty officers based solely on their potentials or their ability to take tests. Twice a year, however, we promote tens of thousands of sailors who lack proven performance and have done nothing more...

  • The Coast Guard-Navy Relationship Still Makes Sense
    By Captain Bruce B. Stubbs, USCG (Ret.)

    Given current and projected threats, fiscal constraints, shifting alliances, and a shrinking Navy, it is vital for U.S. national security that the Coast Guard and Navy plan and field forces collaboratively.

  • The Enduring Relevance of Maritime Forces
    By Commander Robert P. Girrier, USN

    In today's world, security is the common ground-the engine spurring international cooperation. The high seas have become an increasingly important venue for expressing nations' shared interests in improving both regional and global...

  • COs Must Be Educated Citizens of the World
    By Captain Thomas R. Fedyszyn, USN (Ret.)

    Commanding officers today must know more than how to fight their ships. To enhance U.S. interests in the 21st century, they must he educated in all elements of grand strategy—diplomatic, economic, political, and informational, as well...

  • Unmanned Precision Weapons Aren't New
    By Nick T. Spark

    The "shock and awe" of today's preferred weapons-cruise missiles, precision weapons, and unmanned aerial vehicles-did not debut in Operation Iraqi Freedom, or even in the 1991 Gulf War. Despite the fact it laid the groundwork for...

  • WMD: Interdicting the Gravest Danger
    By James R. Holmes and Andrew C. Winner

    The international community faces a daunting task if it wants to stem the flow of dangerous technology. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) includes interdicting questionable shipments in international waters-here, a Japanese team...

  • Professional Note: The Fleet Needs the LSC Now
    By Rear Admiral George Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    For two years, the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command has been studying the use of foreign-built high-speed vessels (HSVs) to support SEAL teams and other special operations forces (SOFs). Consequently, Navy representatives expect the...

  • Professional Note: Can Ships Do without Helmsmen?
    By Dr. Monique P. Fargues and Lieutenant Commander Russell Gottfried and Lieutenant Dorothy J. Tamez, U.S Navy

    Navy transformations in operational planning, technology implementation, and personnel assignment point in the direction of changing the way warships are designed. Determining how ship maneuvering will be controlled occupies a central part in...

  • Professional Note: Naval Postgraduate School Aims at Real-World Defense Problems
    By Captain Chuck Calvano, U.S. Navy (Retired), Captain Jeff Kline, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Dave Olwell and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stevens, U.S. Army (Retired)

    Huddled in various working groups with laptops, calculators, charts, and maps, teams of military officers analyze force capability gaps in a range of scenarios from Malay pirates, to Mindanao terrorists, to war in the South China Sea.

  • Book Reviews

    Cry from the Deep: The Submarine Disaster That Riveted the World and Put the New Russia to the Ultimate Test

    Ramsey Flynn. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. 304 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $25.95.

  • U.S. Navy: Composing Command and Control
    By Norman Polmar

    The next generation of command-and-control capabilities for the U.S. Navy will not be manufactured or built—it will be "composed." The so-called Composeable ForceNet concept provides a command-and-control capability that far...

  • Naval Systems: Aegis Aims for Open Architecture by 2007
    By Ed Walsh

    The Navy's Aegis program office in the program executive office for integrated warfare systems and Lockheed Martin's maritime systems and sensors unit in Moorestown, New Jersey, are collaborating with the Naval Surface Warfare Center'...

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

    On 29 November 2004, France's third Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, Le Vigilant, was commissioned into service. She is to replace Le Redoutable-class SSBN L'Indomptable...

  • Lest We Forget: Reuben James, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and A. D. Baker III

    Reuben James

    Many remember Stephen Decatur as one of the bravest and most colorful sailors in the history of the U.S. Navy, but few remember him as a naturalist. He had a large collection of marine life specimens. One day, while in a...

  • From Our Archive: Aviators Ready Curtiss SBC Helldiver

    Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class H. G. Welch and Aviation Metalsmith 3rd Class E. Magin crank the engine on a Curtiss SBC Helldiver in 1942. This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may...

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