Proceedings Magazine - March 2005 Vol. 131/3/1,225

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In 1957, Hollywood created the unforgettable image of military men throwing themselves into a construction project, having lost sight of the fact that the result could be used by the enemy to the...



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  • "River Kwai Syndrome" Plays in Law of the Sea
    By Frank Gaffney

    In 1957, Hollywood created the unforgettable image of military men throwing themselves into a construction project, having lost sight of the fact that the result could be used by the enemy to the grave detriment of their comrades and country....

  • Report to the Membership

    Fellow Members of the Naval Institute,

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A Bridge Too Far"

    (See B. Stone, pp. 31-35, February Proceedings)

    Lieutenant Commander Keith Harrison, U.S. Navy, Maintenance Officer, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30-BZ to Lieutenant Stone! Finally someone has had...

  • World Navies in Review: A Year of Compromise
    By Eric Wertheim

    Recent international naval developments have been marked by a sense of compromise. In some cases, compromise has been successful; in others, what began as compromise has turned into near disaster as navies scramble to find a workable balance...

  • We Believe in Command, Not Staff
    By Lieutenant Commander David Adams, USN


  • U.S. Delegation Visits China's North Sea Fleet
    By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 11 May 2004, I led a 12-person delegation from the National War College to the city of Qingdao, in the People's Republic of China. Qingdao is located in northeastern China on the southern coast of Shandong Peninsula. The city was a sleepy...

  • World Naval Developments: Shared Aperture and the Future
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Last fall, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully tested a shared-aperture antenna. It employed a separate active-array transmitter and an array of receiving elements. This was probably the first such device, and it has increasing...

  • Commentary: The Silence of the Imams
    By John W. Coe

    Sun Tzu noted that, to prosecute war, we first must understand and name the enemy. He claims this knowledge "must be obtained from men who know the enemy situation."2 In declaring war on terror, we failed to identify the true...

  • International Navies Photo Contest Winners
  • The Commanders Respond

    To be relevant in an age of globalization, navies are discovering they must cooperate with each other more than ever. This year, the Naval Institute asked the commanders of the world's navies: "What is your Navy doing to enhance its...

  • Navies and the New World Order
    By Geoffrey Till

    The global sea-based trading system is turning us into a single world society, and naval forces such as this U.S. SH-60F Seahawk from the carrier George Washington (CVN-73) are central to that system's defense.

  • Chile Modernizes for Joint and International Operations
    By Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dorschner, USA (Ret.)

    Chile's professional and capable armed forces are a welcome partner in international stability operations. With a strong economy fueled by extensive global trade and the healthiest democracy in Latin America, Chile is well into a wide-ranging...

  • India Rules the Waves
    By Eric S. Margolis

    Seeing itself as rightful heir to the former British Empire, India intends to become a full-fledged world power with a blue-water navy. The purchase and construction of aircraft carriers to replace the aging Viraat will supply the backbone of...

  • Maritime Dimensions of Security in the Indian Ocean
    By Vice Admiral P. S. Das, Indian Navy (Ret.)

    From their earliest days, the littoral nations of the Indian Ocean-even India, arguably the most capable maritime power in the region-have focused on their land frontiers. The maritime dimensions of security, therefore, have not figured...

  • Give Coast Guard the Lead Maritime Role at NorthCom
    By Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey A. C. Mones, USN

    Since it already performs maritime security functions, as demonstrated by this HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and a 41-foot patrol boat from Coast Guard Station Seattle-with the latter city's Space Needle in...

  • Special: Naval History Must Continue to Inform the Present
    By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Dr. John Hattendorf's article in the December 2004 Proceedings ("Our Naval Heritage Is in Danger," pp. 64-68) called for a switch in emphasis from simplistic historical remembrance to a higher use of analytic history to...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Law Enforcement Should Be a Speciality—Not a Pastime
    By Lieutenant Paul Fawcett, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    Prior to the events of 11 September 2001, maritime security comprised only 2% of the Coast Guard's budget and subsequent asset allocation. The sharp new reality of potential catastrophic terrorist attack, however, caused a rapid reallocation...

  • Making a Case for Naval Lily Pads
    By Lieutenant Peter Halvorsen, USN

    In the midst of the debate over sea basing, an alternative—or supplement—should be considered: lily pads that would combine the ability to project power from a base such as exists at Guam with the ability to draw on stockpiles of...

  • Special: Liberty Victims Did Not Die in Vain
    By Anthony R. Wells

    David Walsh's article, "Friendless Fire," in the June 2003 Proceedings makes a compelling case but leaves many questions unasked and therefore unanswered. His assertion of serious flaws in the book, The Liberty Incident...

  • The Army Can Fight Small Wars, Too
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gian P. Gentile, U.S. Army

    There appears to be a developing body of opinion regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that seeks to place blame for the rise of the insurgency squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. Army for its purported initial heavy-handed approach to Iraqis...

  • Ship Simulators Are Part of a Training System
    By Captain Brian F. Boyce, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy's transformation strategy is leading to dramatic changes in ships, weapons, doctrine, and manning in the surface force. While high-speed vessels, long-standoff-range weapons, and networked command and control have tremendous...

  • Reminders for Leading Civilians
    By Commander Mark Vandroff, U.S. Navy

    Oftentimes, a naval officer's leadership and management experience is entirely with military personnel. But at some point in his or her career, an officer will be faced with leading an organization that includes a sizeable number of civilians...

  • Book Reviews

    The Coast Guard

    Edited by Torn Beard. Westport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin, 2004. 352 pp. Photos. Index. $75.00.

    Reviewed by Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard (...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Military versus Civilians: We Can All Get Along
    By Gregory C. Allen

    Military folks need to learn how to deal better with civilians working for the Defense Department, specifically those who are within the same command and are being supervised by military personnel. This is easier said than done.

  • U.S. Navy: Sea Base Ships for the Future
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Sea basing is an important part of fuOture U.S. military strategy, as being developed by the Department of Defense, to enable U.S. forces to be put ashore rapidly in distant areas for combat, on-the-ground presence, or rescue operations.


  • Oceans: The Palm and the World Invade the Gulf
    By Don Walsh

    One of the largest coastal engineering projects in history is happening at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Four man-made offshore islands are being created in the Arabian Gulf. "The Palm" is the collective name for three of them:...

  • Lest We Forget: Midshipmen of the Mexican War; VP-22
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Midshipmen of the Mexican War

    Almost dead center in the Naval Academy "Yard" is an obelisk surrounded by four cannons and inscribed with the names: Clemson, Hynson, Pillsbury, and Shubrick. Names of naval heroes or of sailors...

  • Charting Your Course: Let Slip the Blogs of War
    By Christopher Michel

    Today was more intense than our last day of fighting. We woke up early and moved into our objective before 0700. The Bradleys, ours included, had many engagements, destroying vehicles and dismounts. There's no better drama than listening to...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Are You Up for the Challenge?

    You can make a donation toward the completion of Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith’s oral history—and your dollars will do double duty thanks to the generous gift match offered...

  • From Our Archive: Rum Bosun at Work

    Royal Navy Leading Seaman Harry Purdue of Portsmouth, England, as the "rum bosun," collects his group's daily ration of rum, or grog, from the Quarter-Master and in the presence of the Officer of the Day, circa 1952. This and other...

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