Proceedings Magazine - October 2005 Vol. 131/10/1,232

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I have reverted to type. After 35 years as a newspaperman, the idea that a big story was unfolding and I had no role in it was driving me nuts. Katrina was brutalizing the...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    I have reverted to type. After 35 years as a newspaperman, the idea that a big story was unfolding and I had no role in it was driving me nuts. Katrina was brutalizing the Gulf Coast, the Sea Services—our guys—...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Navy Culture and Military Education"

    (See P. Donahoe, pp. 50-53, July 2005; D. Leney, pp. 8-10, p. 64, September 2005 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Don't Make China an Enemy
    By Harlan Ullman

    Is the United States on the way to making China a foe? Or will China's growing economic, political, and especially military power, fueled by broader ambitions, make a collision with the United States and other nations inevitable? And what...

  • "A Marine Came for Me"
    By David J. Danelo

    The odyssey of Marine Corporal Ross Craft began with his hunt to find his aunt and uncle, Diane and Richard Angelico, who were missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  • SITREP IRAQ: Tell It to the Troops
    By Lieutenant General James T. Conway, USMC

    One hundred and forty-four years ago last month, the first major battle of the American Civil War had been joined on a small stream named Bull Run, outside Washington D.C. As the fighting neared its climax, a Confederate...

  • The Willpower Quotient
    By Major General Robert H. Scales, USA (Ret.)

    The statistical arrows are pointing up. The data clearly show that Iraqi security forces will soon be capable of defending their country with increasingly less support from the Coalition. By election time over 107 battalions...

  • Anchoring Sea Enterprise
    By Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, U.S. Navy and Commander Dave Nystrom, USN

    "If the rate of change on the outside is faster than the rate of change on the inside. . . the end is near."


  • The Principles of War as Paradox
    By Colonel Christopher R. Paparone, USA, and Dr. James A. Crupi

     In the confusion of the modern battlefield, commanders need to know when to let subordinates seize the initiative and when to exercise tight command and control....

  • The Principles of War: Uses and Abuses
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, USAF

    Joint warfighters are expected to have at least a basic familiarity with the Principles of War. These principles "guide warfighting at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels," Joint Publication 3-0:...

  • Take the Principles with a Pinch of Salt
    By Ian Roxborough

    The biggest challenge for American officers today, says the author, is to understand the nature of the war upon which they are embarked. He doubts they will find the answer in a list of principles of...

  • Katrina Response: Actually...Much of It Is Working
    By James Lacey

    "We need help now! When is the President sending it?"

    "Where the hell is the cavalry?"

  • Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
    By Lieutenant Colonel Mac Greeley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Katrina was the single largest search and rescue operation in its history, rivaled only by the Mariel boatlift and the mass migrations from Haiti and Cuba in the 1990s. Coast Guard crews (like rescue...

  • Katrina: What's Going Right
    By Joseph DiRenzo III, Chris Doane, Jennifer Zeldis, John X. Carrier, and Frank Hoffman

    In the Midst of Finger Pointing and Second Guessing, the Sea Services Shine.

    At press time, the Sea Services continued to respond to Hurricane Katrina's destruction-and a tough Army general named Russel Honore has assumed...

  • Forum 2005: Katrina Teaches Hard Lessons
    By Art Pine, Special to Proceedings

    If the U.S. experience in Iraq and the rescue efforts that followed Hurricane Katrina contain any common lesson, it's that the military and civilian agencies of the government must learn to work together more closely and to think outside the...

  • Naval Aviation: Forward, Persistent, and Dominant
    By Vice Admiral Walter B. Massenberg, U.S. Navy, Vice Admiral James M. Zortman, U.S. Navy and Rear Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr., U.S. Navy

    The post-Cold War, post 9/11 shift in strategic focus away from the central front in Europe to the trans-Eurasian littoral arc, which extends from the Levant in the Mediterranean to the East China Sea, places U.S. forces where they no Ionger...

  • Trafalgar: A Predestined Victory
    By Lieutenant Colonel James G. Lacey, U.S. Army Reserve

    At nearly half past noon during the 21 October 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory approached the enemy's battle line directly astern of the Bucentaure, French Vice Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve's flagship. The Victory...

  • Mixed Signals: Using Civil GPS Receivers in Combat
    By Lieutenant Colonel D. Scott Grantham, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Due to budgetary and manufacturing constraints, the DoD handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver supply has fallen short of perceived demand. Less expensive, smaller, lighter, and easier to use civil receivers are more widely available...

  • The Navy's Cryptologic Community: A Transformational Phoenix?
    By Captain Mike Lambert, U.S. Navy

    Rising from the ashes of decline, the Naval security Group (the Navy's cryptologic community) is seeing the benefits of its transformation from a legacy signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection, analysis, and reporting organization to a truly...

  • An Emerging Coastal Warfare System
    By Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the Global War on Terror, littoral operations continue to receive serious attention, especially in regions such as the Persian Gulf. Two new prototype systems are poised to become premier littoral combat weapons: the X-Craft, recently...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...We Should Let Civilian Dentists Treat Reservists
    By Captain Douglas Wright, U.S. Naval Reserve

    Breaking down the barrier between the active and reserve forces ranks high on the list of Navy priorities as each billet is assessed for its support of warfighting capability. Changing the chain of command for reserve units aligns unit activities...

  • Book Reviews

    One Bullet Away

    Nathaniel C. Fick. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 384 pp. Illus. $25.00.

    Reviewed by David J. Danelo

    At first glance, military readers looking for a defining memoir of a Marine...

  • U.S. Navy: Strategic Submarine Progress
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    While controversy abounds in the Navy's attack submarine program, the Trident ballistic missile submarine force is being updated.1 However, several important issues are still to be resolved in that area.

  • Naval Systems: Coast Guard, Industry Pursue "System of Systems" for Deepwater
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, this fall will deliver to Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard elements of the command...

  • World Naval Developments: The Challenge of a Nuclear Iran
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Two recent Iranian developments help define the problems and opportunities the United States faces in the Middle East. One is the apparent collapse of European efforts to convince the Iranians to abandon their nuclear weapons program in return...

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

    The Royal Dutch Navy will continue thinning its ranks of excess warships in the next few years as a result of several major transfers. In July 2005, the Netherlands announced the sale to Belgium of the two 3,300-ton (full...

  • Lest We Forget: Points of View; VA-42
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Points of View

    The decision 60 years ago to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and end World War II will doubtless be debated as long as there are thinking human...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Award-winning Author Subvents Histories

    History buffs owe more than they know to USNI Life Member Edward S. Miller of Washington, DC. He is the author of ...

  • Charting Your Course: VA Loans 101: New Law Expands Benefits
    By Christopher P. Michel

    The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan Guarantee is one of the most popular and successful benefits available to service members and veterans. In just the past year alone, the VA has guaranteed nearly 336,000 home loans. It is not surprising...

  • From Our Archive: Coast Guard at Dauphin Island

    The Coast Guard has been instrumental in many homeland emergencies including Dauphin Island in September 1979 after Hurricane Frederic.

    This and other photos are available as prints through...

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