Proceedings Magazine - June 2005 Vol. 131/6/1,228

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This issue of Proceedings celebrates two remarkable Marines: Peter Pace and Frederick Branch. General Pace concluded a long, difficult journey begun by others in April when President Bush...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    This issue of Proceedings celebrates two remarkable Marines: Peter Pace and Frederick Branch. General Pace concluded a long, difficult journey begun by others in April when President Bush nominated him to be the first Marine chairman of...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Academies Can Do Better"

    (See B. Fleming, p. 88 February 2005; K. Inman, pp.12-16; B. Latta, pp. 16-18, March; R. Thomas, pp. 19-20, April; D. Forbes, pp. 12-14, May 2005 Proceedings)

  • World Naval Developments: A Solution for the European Union's Monetary Woes?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    The governments of the European Union are trying to break an embargo on arms sales to China, imposed in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The U.S. and Japanese governments are resisting, but it seems that the embargo will be gone soon....

  • General Peter Pace: Walking Point
    By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC (Ret.) and Major General Thomas L. Wilkerson, USMC (Ret.)

    Two general officers look at the circumstances and the man that combined to produce the Marine Corps' first JCS chairman.

  • Save the Submarine Shipyards
    By Captain James H. Patton, Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Keeping a defense industry going in a democracy has never been easy—but it has always been important. Without two submarine builders, the United States could find itself in a lot of trouble.

  • Branching Out
    By David J. Danelo

    It took 170 years for the Marine Corps and Frederick and Peggy Branch to reach this moment. In the entire history of the Corps, no African-American had been commissioned until she pinned on his second lieutenant's bars...

  • Behind the Curve in Culture-Centric Skills
    By Lieutenant Commander Steven C. Boraz, USN

    The Navy must re-invigorate its FAO program to better deal with future threats.

  • All the Sisters and All the Brothers . . .
    By Erin Solaro

    Sergeant Danielle Dolph, Specialist Carol Russell, and Specialist Jessica Schramm, assigned to a Military Police unit, augmented the infantry in Afghanistan—particularly when it came to dealing with Afghan women....

  • What Are We—Chopped Liver?
    By Senior Chief Petty Officer Steven E. Haugh, USN

    Recognizing the contributions our sailors have made in defense of freedom is vital to the success of our efforts to recruit, train, and retain the finest Americans for our Navy. However, the latest announcement and authorization for issuance of...

  • U-Boat!
    By Charles A. Thibo

    A look below the hatches of Germany's state of the art submarine U 31.

    Germany's new U 31 is the quietest submarine money can buy and it can stay submerged for a longer period than any other conventional submarine. The...

  • Swedish Boat Will Help Navy Fight Quiet Submarines
    by Norman Polmar
  • The Legacy
    By Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Few Americans have ever heard of Frederick C. Branch, a Marine Corps captain who served in World War II and later resigned to teach chemistry. But I'll never forget him. He was the first black American to gain a commission in the United...

  • Sense and Nonsense
    By Lieutenant Colonel James G. Lacey, U.S. Army Reserve

    Why is this Iraqi shopkeeper beaming? Isn't Iraq's economy supposed to be struggling? Yes and no, says the author. A lot of half-baked economic schemes are floating around the war-torn country. And we better get it right because...

  • Now, More than Ever: A Multimission Coast Guard
    By Vice Admiral Terry Cross, U.S. Coast Guard

    The Vice Commandant believes that dismantling the infrastructure that made the Coast Guard the "go-to" agency for maritime security after 9/11 would be counter-productive.

  • Interview: Vice Admiral John Cotton, USN
    With Commander Michael Collins, USNR

    The Chief of the Naval Reserve—talking with Reserve Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-23 at al Asad airfield in Iraq—spoke recently with Commander Michael Collins, U.S. Naval Reserve. Following are his remarks edited...

  • Divining China's Course
    By Tom Hone

    A look back at U.S. history may provide clues to China’s future actions.

  • Network-Centric Leadership: Why Trust is Essential
    By Lieutenant Jennifer Free, USN

    Prize Winner, Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Massive information exchange is fine, but leaders must establish clear guidelines for operators like these Royal Australian...

  • Personnel Policies that Aren't Working
    By Commander David Tyler, U.S. Naval Reserve

    The U.S. military is into its fourth year of wide-scale reserve mobilization, a prolonged dependence that has exposed two unforeseen issues: the requirement that a reservist must "volunteer" to be involuntarily recalled and the...

  • Book Reviews

    The Gift of Valor

    Michael M. Phillips. New York: Broadway Books, 2005. 192 pp. $19.95.

    Reviewed by David J. Danelo

  • Professional Note: Give the UAVs to the TACRONS
    By Commander Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy is serious about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but it has yet to determine who will operate them. Fortunately, however, there is a solution at hand: the Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) detachments that currently deploy as...

  • Professional Note: Personnel Transformation: Bringing Due Respect Back to Our NCOs
    By Captain Robert P. Kozloski, USMC

    It's widely recognized that the current bureaucratic structure of our outdated military personnel system is in dire need of transformation. Today's highly professional, all volunteer military service members deserve a new system that...

  • Professional Note: Special Operations Support: One Aviator's Perspective
    By Lieutenant Commander John M. Speredelozzi, U.S. Navy

    I recently had the distinct pleasure of deploying to Baghdad, Iraq with Naval Special Warfare Squadron 1 (NSWRON 1) as head of their fire support (air, artillery, and naval gunfire) shop. My experiences there were very rewarding and introduced me...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But What's Wrong With Mercenaries?
    By Malcolm L. MacKay

    The combat arms of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are having trouble recruiting sufficient personnel. This seems hard to believe because a recruit now receives room and board, full medical services, 30 days paid vacation, a 20-year retirement...

  • U.S. Navy: Submarines Under Attack
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The U.S. Navy's shipbuilding program is in disarray: The Navy is planning to build more high-cost ships than can be funded in the foreseeable future. In particular the planned CVN-78 nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and new DD(X) destroyer...

  • Naval Systems: Surface Navy Transforming CEC for Current, Future Combatants
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Raytheon Netcentric Systems, prime contractor for the cooperative engagement capability (CEC) for Navy surface combatants and E-1 Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, plans to demonstrate later this year new CEC software programs that will enable the...

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

    Australia recently announced that the HMAS Canberra, the second of six Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided missile frigates in Australian service, will be decommissioned in November 2005. The decision to decommission the...

  • Lest We Forget: Commander Craig Powell; Task Force 67
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Arthur D. Baker III

    Commander Craig Powell

    From Vietnam to Iraq, stories of Navy SEAL heroism abound. But one such story did not take place on foreign shores.

  • Charting Your Course: The Education Gap: Benchmarking Education Levels in the Army and Navy
    By Christopher P. Michel

    Recently while engaged in some good natured ribbing of an Army friend of mine, he shot back with a strong barb about how Army officers were much better educated than their Navy counterparts. In fact, he said that an Army officer was nearly twice...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Top Supporters Honored

    At its recent VIP reception, the Foundation introduced Rosa McDonald of Montchanin, Delaware, as the newest member of The Arleigh Burke Society and inducted Foundation director John Fullmer of Rancho Sante...

  • From Our Archive: Sub Sailors Enjoy Down Time

    Submarine sailors enjoy some down time in their bunks, located above and alongside the torpedoes, circa 1943.

    This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may place orders or leave messages...

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