Proceedings Magazine - April 2005 Vol. 131/4/1,226

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I read the newspaper speculations on the events surrounding his death. Some said he simply disappeared from the passenger side of a moving vehicle during the firefight. Others say he survived...



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  • Shootout at Az Zubayr
    By Captain Joe Plenzler, U.S. Marine Corps

    I read the newspaper speculations on the events surrounding his death. Some said he simply disappeared from the passenger side of a moving vehicle during the firefight. Others say he survived only to have his ambulance attacked on the way to...

  • Editor's Page
    By F. H. Rainbow

    With profound sadness, I have resigned as a member of the Naval Institute's professional staff and as the editor of this fine publication with this issue of Proceedings. I have had the opportunity and the pleasure to contribute in a...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Sea Base Ships for the Future"

    (sec N. Polmar. pp. 104-105, March 2005 Proceedings}

    Major General Gordon Nash, U.S. Marine Corps, Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division-This article presents the alternative of...

  • No "Stab in the Back" in Iraq
    By Colonel Mark F. Cancian, USMCR (Ret.)

    As difficulties mount on the battlefield, the temptation for senior military officers is to blame civilian leadership—a situation developing today for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and deputy Secretary Paul...

  • Morlocks: Adversaries Go Underground
    By Captain Roger Crossland, USNR

    The enemy we have engaged hides from the light, in caves, crowds, or cultures. U.S. forces must perfect their night vision—adapting intelligence, special operations, and equipment to hunt them down wherever they hide...

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  • Families of Russian Sub Casualties Need Help
    By Commander Gregory D. Young, USN (Ret.)

    The hundreds of Russian families affected by the loss of submarines during the Cold War have been woefully undercompensated. An organization led by a retired Russian vice admiral is devoted to helping the victims'...

  • Drain the Entire Swamp
    By Henry J. Hendrix II

    Washington policymakers often use the analogy of "draining the swamp" to explain current operations in Iraq against the backdrop of the global war on terrorism. If only we can rout terrorism in Iraq, the argument goes, then the attacks...

  • Another Assault on the Warrior Culture
    By J. F. Kelly Jr.

    Nearly 28 years ago, while commanding a guided-missile cruiser in the Indian Ocean, I wrote an essay entitled "Women in Warships: A Right to Serve." In it, I argued that qualified women should be allowed to serve in operational roles at...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Don't Cut Military Education
    By Colonel John G. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A 22 February United Press International story by Pentagon correspondent Pamela Hess reported that the secretary of Defense has asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to "cut back military officer education during 'stress...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Make Subspecialty Codes Matter
    By Lieutenant Artie Mueller, U.S. Navy

    The Chief of Naval Operations 2005 Guidance speaks directly to the importance of a human capital strategy as the following demonstrates:

    . . . We can only succeed in that endeavor if we can get the people with the right skills to the right...

  • For Compassion and Country: Unified Assistance
    By Lieutenant Commanders Mark S. Leavitt, Jeffrey M. Vorce, and Michael M. Hsu, USN

    The day after Christmas began as a good day for the men and women of the Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Carrier Strike Group. While we were not home with our loved ones, we were on liberty in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the sights and sounds of...

  • Greyhounds Deliver, Too
    By Heather Lee

    Included in the more than 11,000 U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel who have lent a hand in the Unified Assistance relief effort were the men and women of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30), the "...

  • Transformation Has Limits
    By Captain Tim Fiest, USMC

    Despite the wonders technology can contribute to enhance the capabilities of our fighting forces, transformation and its soul mate, network-centric warfare, cannot replace adaptability the warrior must bring to the fight-whether in the...

  • Professional Note: What Makes a Good CO?
    By Captain Emil Casciano, U.S. Navy, Commander Marc Elsensohn, Royal Netherlands Navy, Commander Oistein Jensen, Royal Norwegian Navy, Commander Dermot Mulholland, Royal Canadian Navy, Captain John Richardson, U.S. Navy, Commander Ian Salter, Royal Australian Navy, Captain Ron Steed, U.S. Navy, and Commander Mike Walliker, Royal Navy

    Recently, submarine command course instructors from the United States, Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Norway, as well as senior submarine training officers from Australia and Canada (who have submarine forces but currently have no...

  • Professional Note: In War, Help Your Children Cope
    By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

    "Is Daddy going to die?"

    "Is Mommy safe?"

    "I've been missing Mom. When will she be home?"

    "How come Daddy has been gone so long?"

    "I want my Dad to come home now!...

  • Professional Note: A Destroyer Guy Discovers LHDs
    By Captain Jan van Tol, U.S. Navy

    I had been a destroyer guy my whole career until major command. Therefore, I was surprised to find myself slated to USS Essex (LHD-2), having no background in complex flight operations or working with Marines and assault craft of various kinds,...

  • Book Reviews

    Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom: Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World, 1788-1851

    Peter Padfield. Woodstock and New York: The Overlook Press, 2005. 451 pp. Maps. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.00.

  • World Naval Developments: Just How Dangerous Is North Korea?
    By Norman Friedman

    In February, the North Koreans announced they had some nuclear weapons. It may be the only significance of the North Korean announcement was that it was public. Since they have not conducted any sort of test yet, it is impossible to tell whether...

  • U.S. Navy: The Navy Is in Crisis
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The U.S. Navy is again in a state of crisis, which is manifested in several situations:

    * Loss of leadership: During the first six months of this year, the Navy is losing the secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the...

  • Naval Systems: Knowledge Collaboration Promises Payoffs for ForceNet
    By Ed Walsh

    The Navy's ForceNet concept, signed by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Vern Clark and Marine Corps Commandant (CMC) General Michael Hagee in late February, isolates 15 areas that the ForceNet architecture will address in supporting...

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

    During March 2005, what was reported by NATO as the "world's largest antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercise" took place in the Ionian Sea. The annual exercise, dubbed Noble Marlin, included participation by submarine, surface, and air...

  • Charting Your Course: Mentor Your Airman Smith
    By Christopher Michel

    Good morning, Airman Smith," I said as I paid the young Sailor for a cup of Joe at the squadron geedunk. I was in a rush, as always, to get my qualifications signed off, preflight the airplane, finish my evals, or one of the myriad other...

  • From Our Archive

    Instructions to Navy photographers who handle these aerial cameras, weighing in at 75 pounds, include the recommendation that they don't come back without bringing at least the handles. Photos taken by military photographers, and civilians,...

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  • Lest We Forget: Coast Guardsmen Arrighi and Deyampert; USS Melville, (AD-2)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and A. D. Baker III

    Coast Guardsmen Arrighi and Deyampert

    On 3 February 1943, the U.S. Army Transport (USAT) Dorchester steamed 100 miles off the coast of Greenland, loaded with soldiers headed for the war in Europe. At about 0100, a torpedo from a...


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