Proceedings Magazine - May 2005 Vol. 131/5/1,227

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Proceedings this month commemorates the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War by blending a pictorial of some...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    Proceedings this month commemorates the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War by blending a pictorial of some of the more striking images of that long ago...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A Bridge Too Far"

    (See B. Stone, pp. 31-35, February 2005; M. Bowman, p. 18, April 2005 Proceedings)

    Hamlin A. Caldwell Jr., Charlottesville, VA-Lieutenant Stone's article and Vice Admiral Bowman's critical...

  • Three Great Apes
    By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)

    The three major warfare communities lord over the Navy like great apes, demanding loyalty and hoarding power. Only by overhauling the personnel system can we reduce their power and get everyone back in service of the Navy...

  • Reflections on Vietnam
    By General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.), and Ron Benigo

    It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The...

  • Howdy, Pardner
    By Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, USCG, Chris Doane, and Joe DiRenzo III

    The U.S. Coast Guard has forged partnerships with industry, state and local entities, other federal agencies, and foreign governments to ensure the safety of ports worldwide. Coast Guard Captains of the Port now have broad...

  • Hit My Virtual Smoke
    By Colonel David C. Fuquea, USMC

    Close air support has long meant that the ordnance arrived courtesy of manned aircraft. What if . . . ground forces exploited the growing capabilities of cruise missiles and called for them instead? Forward Air Controllers...

  • Abandoning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Will Decrease anti-Gay Violence
    By Dr. Aaron Belkin

    After exchanging gay insults, a British corporal guarding the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport shot one of his peers and then turned the gun on himself.

  • U.S. Naval Institute Names Robert Timberg as Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings Magazine

    ANNAPOLIS, MD.—The Naval Institute is proud to announce the selection of author and journalist Robert Timberg as the new Editor-in-Chief of the U.S. Naval Institute's flagship publication, Proceedings.

    Bob Timberg has...

  • Thinking About China's Navy
    By Perry Clausen

    The United States is headed for a naval war with China. We are going to lose. The combination of inadequate shipbuilding and procurement of the wrong types of ships sets us up to be run out of the Western Pacific in five to ten years.


  • Sea Basing: Chasing the Dream
    By Commander John P. Patch, USN

    Sea Basing is seductive, but it is a dream that needs a wake-up call. Planners must reassess their assumptions in the cold light of a dawn that reflects reality, not wishful thinking.

  • Boats in the Water, Boots on the Ground
    By Lieutenant Commander Eric Johns, USN

    Network-centric operations are about more than using networks to communicate faster. The current systems, however, focus on the big picture, neglecting the tactical, front-line user.

    As Commander, Pacific Fleet, Admiral Walter...

  • No Bucks, No Buck Rogers
    By Captain David H. Lewis USN

    Free-market capitalism brought the nation, among other things, Aegis cruisers like the USS Antietam.

  • BRAC: There's no list, but you're on it!
    By Lieutenant Commander John X. Carrier USN, (Ret.)

    The military is preparing for the first round of base closures since 1995. But are the right criteria being used to shape the 21st century force and infrastructure?

  • The U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake close by Indonesia generated a tsunami of Biblical proportions, killing hundreds of thousands of people, leaving hundreds of thousands more without food, potable water, and shelter, and damaging or...

  • The Marines in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    The author Robert D. Kaplan found himself in a front row seat during a trip to Iraq last April. Researching the modern American military, Kaplan got much more than he bargained for. When the Marines were ordered to hunt down the insurgents...

  • U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen USCG (Ret.)

    Not since World War II has the U.S. Coast Guard so greatly increased its defense posture for the protection of our nation's ports, waterways, and coastal waters. Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) has been defined as "the effective...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry Review
    By Dr. Shashi Kumar

    It was a year of exceptional profitability rarely witnessed in the shipping industry that led one Scandinavian analyst to remark, "Not since the days of the Vikings." Last year's review referred to the remarkable longevity of the...

  • U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Developments
    By David L. Parsons


  • Accountability Ain't What It Used to Be
    By Commander Terry Ryan, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Once upon a time I commanded a ship. I was held accountable for things beyond my control, and circumstances I had not anticipated. For this I was relieved of my command and relegated to the ranks of the unpromotable. I was unhappy about this at...

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

    Chile's two new Scorpène-class attack submarines, O'Higgins, on sea trials in September 2004, and sister Carrera, will be the first foreign warships to be armed with the new Black Shark dual-purpose wire-...

  • World Naval Developments: DoD Reconsiders Communication Strategy
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Late in March, the Defense Department ordered Boeing to stop work on its Cluster 1 version of the new software-defined and-driven Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). The order, scaling down initial JTRS capabilities, reflects important emerging...

  • Oceans: Tsunami: Where Nature is in Charge
    By Don Walsh

    Tsunami is a Japanese word meaning "harbor wave," a rather benign term for such a disastrous natural event.

    The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 riveted world attention on this phenomenon. Numerous tourist videos showed...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Don't Cheat the Division Officers
    By Captain David K. Brown, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Of all the *XPLYG&# I have ever heard of, the idea that chiefs should fill the division officer's role takes the cake. Unfortunately, that is what the Chief of Naval Operations is doing in a pilot program on board the USS Decatur (DDG-73...

  • Charting Your Course: Every Trooper a Photojournalist
    By Christopher Michel

    On 7 January 2004 I was awakened at 0600 by the persistent chirping of my cell phone. "Chris, this is Richard Sergay from ABC News in Washington. What can you tell me about the photos?" Not having a clue what he was talking about but...

  • Lest We Forget: Raymond Spruance, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Admiral Raymond Spruance

    The great naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison once wrote:

  • From Our Archive: VMSB-232 Pilots Relax in South Pacific

    Three pilots stand by the squadron scoreboard at an advanced South Pacific base, circa 1943-44. As VMSB-232, this unit was active in the Guadalcanal Campaign in 1942 and was redesignated as VMTB-232 in 1943 and participated in the Solomons and...

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