Proceedings Magazine - September 2005 Vol. 131/9/1,231

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How could the world have missed an entire civilization collapsing before its eyes," asks Jim Lacey. "The simple answer is that no one has ever seen it happen before." In a major...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    How could the world have missed an entire civilization collapsing before its eyes," asks Jim Lacey. "The simple answer is that no one has ever seen it happen before." In a major article in this month's Proceedings,...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Remembering Eddie Albert"

    (See T. Cutler, p. 26, July, 2005 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: For Mike Mullen, Only Tough Choices
    By Harlan Ullman

    This is the maiden voyage for this column and, more important, for the 28th Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, who relieved Admiral Vern Clark in late July. As with Admiral Clark, Admiral Mullen is at the center of a Force Ten...

  • Naval Intelligence: Transforming to Meet the Threat
    By Rear Admiral Richard B. Porterfield, USN (Ret.)

    The longest serving Director of Naval Intelligence reflects on the force's transformation since 9/11. It is stretched thin, he says, with personnel providing maritime analysis, embarked in carriers—like...

  • To Guard an Era: American Purpose after Iraq
    By Philip Gold

    Today, three sets of human beings confront one another: those who embrace the 21st Century and its opportunities; those who want out-jihadi, political extremists, violent racial or ethnic separatists, leftover Marxists, and...

  • The Impending Collapse of Arab Civilization
    By Lieutenant Colonel James G. Lacey, USAR

    Slender minarets with muezzins calling the faithful to prayer symbolize the stability and timelessness of the Muslim world. This one in Rabi'ah, a small town on the Iraqi-Syrian border, is a classic—and the Muslim...

  • A Unified Command Plan for a New Era
    By Major Kelly Houlgate, USMC

    It's time to rethink the geographical structure of the Cold War-era document in light of 21st century missions.

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Knowledge Is Power
    By Colonel John M. Collins, USA (Ret.)

    Thoughts rule the world. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • A Zero Sum Navy
    By Merrick Carey

    Zero Sum analysis has long dominated Washington policy debates, where it is most prevalent in economic projections. The dynamic nature of the private economy is ignored when setting tax rates or making fiscal projections, as it is always assumed...

  • The Virginia SSN: Right for the Times
    By Vice Admiral Charles L Munns, U.S. Navy

    Since 9/11 the U.S. military has expended considerable effort in finding new ways to fight the global war on terror using systems built for another kind of war. U.S. Army and Marine Corps M-1 Abrams tanks fight an adversary that has no armored...

  • Learning from Abu Ghraib: The Joint Commander and Force Discipline
    By Brigadier General Charles J. Dunlap Jr, U.S. Air Force

    It was a bizarre kind of "friendly fire," one where not a single "friendly" life was directly lost. Yet it was still one of the worst setbacks in U.S. military history. Although the enemy gained not a single inch of ground,...

  • Getting in Tune with Special Operations
    By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Rawley, U.S. Naval Reserve

    U.S. Navy SEALs found this poster of Osama Bin Laden, plus valuable intelligence information, in an al Qaeda classroom in Afghanistan. The Navy's inherent mobility, plus its demostrated sustainment and precision-engagement capabilities,...

  • Creatively Bridging the Gap
    By Captain Gordon E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy, and Captain Thomas C. Cropper, U.S. Navy

    Mitigating the risk—inherent in any change—to the strike group will depend upon creative use of legacy assets, innovation in tactics, technology infusion, and redefined roles until new platforms become available.

  • Faster, Farther, Stronger
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Dixon, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps

    Marines have traditionally "hit the beach" in landing craft. In the future however, the Corps must develop an air assault capability that can land and maintain a major combat force far inland.

    "The helicopter will...

  • They Looked OK When They Went by Me
    By David North

    The author, who flew combat missions in A-4s from the USS Intrepid (CV-11) during the Vietnam War and later became the Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology, reflects on carrier aviation after several days on board the USS...

  • Fighting Six Diverts to Pearl Harbor
    By John B. Lundstrom

    Author John B. Lundstrom chronicled in detail U.S. naval aviation's thrust across the Pacific to the home islands of Japan. It had a beginning and its name was Pearl Harbor. Just days prior to the Japanese attack, Task Force 8, commanded...

  • The Navy Wages Peace at Portsmouth
    By Captain Peter B. Bowman, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The U.S. Navy found itself in an unusual role in the late summer of 1905. Instead of showing the flag or waging war, it was helping to establish a prominent United States presence on the world stage by hosting negotiations to end the Russo-...

  • In Defense of the Aircraft Carrier
    By Mark E. Logan

    Over the next few months, the Department of Defense (DoD) will conduct an internal review of defense strategy and planning. Aircraft carriers are often scrutinized during these reviews, especially when resources are tight. Despite the extra...

  • Transforming Coast Guard Reserve Boat Crew Readiness
    By Ensign Graham Lanz, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    From the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 to the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, the Coast Guard mobilized 70% of its selected Reserve, a higher percentage over the same period than any other reserve component. This...

  • Deckplates Human Resources: Where Do We Go from Here?
    By Master Chief Navy Counselor Paul Pierce, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The last several years have seen significant improvement in the areas of reenlistment and lowering of attrition rates. Those successes are principally the result of increased CNO (and therefore command-level) interest in manpower-related issues...

  • Book Reviews

    Annapolis Autumn: Life, Death and Literature at the U.S. Naval Academy

    Bruce Fleming. NY: The New Press, 2005. 288 pp. $24.95.

    Reviewed by Captain P.T. Deutermann, U.S....

  • U.S. Navy: Amphibious Force: Quo Vadis?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The recent, highly critical Navy Board of Inspection and Survey report on the amphibious transport dock San Antonio (LPD-17), and the subsequent news stories and the questions raised in Congress, may cause a reevaluation of the future of the U.S...

  • World Naval Developments: One- or Two-War Capability?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    The national strategy of the U.S. is changing in response to the demands of the Global War on Terror. Reports of the ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review suggest that the long-standing two-war strategy is being replaced by a one-war concept,...

  • Oceans: Vostok: An Ocean Under the Ice
    By Don Walsh

    Perhaps "ocean" is a too generous term for Antarctica's Lake Vostok. Located beneath the Russian Vostok station high on the central plateau of the East Antarctic, it is the largest of 70 known subglacial lakes buried under thousands...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    J. Ira Harris is Appointed USNI Commodore

    The Naval Institute honored J. Ira Harris of Palm Beach and Chicago in June. With wife Nicki and friends in attendance, he was inducted as a USNI Commodore on board his yacht XIII, moored...

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

    In early May, the fourth KDX-II-class destroyer, Wang Geon, was launched at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The warship is the fourth of a six-ship class. The first of the class, Choong Moo Gong Lee Soon Shin...

  • Lest We Forget: Leadership by Example; Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Leadership by Example

    As an advisor with the South Vietnamese Marines early in the Vietnam War, Major William Leftwich '53, wrote the following words of advice for those who would follow in his footsteps: "My modest experience...

  • Charting Your Course: Match the Hatch
    By Christopher P. Michel

    Three weeks ago, my blackberry buzzed with a new e-mail entitled "Strong Recommendation." It was from an old Navy friend and recently retired post-command O-6. "Chris, I rarely recommend anyone, but this guy was one of my top JOs...

  • From Our Archive: "The Three Sea Hawks," 1928

    "The Three Sea Hawks," led by Lt. Daniel W. Tomlinson, commanding officer of Light Bombing Squadron 2B (VB-2B), perform in their F2B aircraft at the National Air Races at Los Angeles in September 1928.

    This and other photos are...

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