Proceedings Magazine - November 2005 Vol. 131/11/1,233

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This is the annual Marine issue of Proceedings, but in the spirit of Jointness, Managing Editor Mac Greeley and I, both rumored to bleed Marine green, decided to lead...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    This is the annual Marine issue of Proceedings, but in the spirit of Jointness, Managing Editor Mac Greeley and I, both rumored to bleed Marine green, decided to lead off with a piece by two of the Navy's most...

  • What Would Stephen Decatur Do?
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I was in Vietnam in the middle of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive in the Spring of 1972, and enemy regiments were all around us. Many of our artillery firebases were under siege and several had fallen to the waves of North Vietnamese...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "How to Stop Crashing Marine Aircraft"

    (See R. Hendrick, pp. 22-25, July 2005; J. Ford, pp. 6-10, August 2005; M. Woods, pp. 68-70 September 2005 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Time for a Real Revolution in Education
    By Harlan Ullman

    Around these parts, where Proceedings is published, ex scientia tridents—from knowledge seapower—is not an idle expression. Ever since the Naval Academy was founded, naval leaders have well understood the crucial importance of...

  • The 1,000 Ship Navy: Global Maritime Network
    By Vice Admiral John G. Morgan Jr., USN, and Rear Admiral Charles W. Martoglio, USN

    Countering global terrorism and providing humanitarian relief for natural disasters is a tall order. It will take many ships and no single nation can do it all. The authors call for the nations of the...

  • Future Warfare: The Rise of Hybrid Wars
    By Lieutenant General James N. Mattis, USMC, and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)

    Remember General Krulak's Three Block War? Are you ready for the Four Block War? You better be, says General James Mattis.

  • Goat-Grab Diplomacy in Iraq
    By Major P. M. Zeman, USMC

    The Small Wars Manual, which largely reflects the Corps' experience in Central America and the Caribbean after World War I, could have been written for current operations in Iraq, where the high-intensity,...

  • A Marine Drops In, Turns On Naval Institute Warfare Conference
    By Neal Thompson

    A Marine colonel electrified a U.S. Naval Institute gathering last month with a first-hand account of the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah and the exploits of the regimental combat team he led against dug-in Iraqi insurgents.


  • Using the Military in Domestic Crises
    By James F. Kelly, Jr.

    While federal, state, and local authorities took turns blaming each other for flawed responses to Katrina, one federal department, the Department of Defense, was receiving praise from all quarters for its effective performance. So effective, in...

  • Learning from the Storm
    By Lieutenant Commander Matt White, U.S. Coast Guard

    Even as 60-knot winds persisted throughout the region, Coast Guard forces began descending on the devastated city of New Orleans and Mississippi coastal communities as the first wave of what would become the largest rescue mission in the service...

  • A Helping Hand . . . From the Sea
    By Rear Admiral Joe "Killer" Kilkenny, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. armed forces came to Katrina-and so did the nations of the world: The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, France, and Germany. Others pledged financial aid. As the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) for Joint Task Forces (JTF)...

  • The Marines and Katrina: Whatever was Necessary
    By Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Why wouldn't I be here?"

    Wiping his sweaty brow in New Orleans, Corporal Michael P. O'Brien of Dorchester, Mass, summed up the U.S. Marines' response to Hurricane Katrina, a disaster whose epic proportions blew a live...

  • The Osprey as Phoenix
    By Richard Whittle

    Osprey advocates regard the V-22 as the most revolutionary development in flight since the jet engine: an aircraft that can take off, land, hover, and maneuver like a helicopter but also fly like an airplane. Doubters see a Rube Goldberg...

  • Pictorial: Tom Bartlett 2005 Marine Corps Photo Contest Winners
  • Culture Isn't Just for Yogurt
    By Major Michael Jernigan, U.S. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Essay Contest, 2nd Prize Winner

    "The U.S. Marine Corps has evolved its mystical appeal slowly, through an unusual combination of circumstance, good fortune, and, most of all, conviction in the hearts of resolute...

  • Montford Point Marines
    By Neal Thompson

    PFCs Willie Kanaday, Eugene Hill, and Joe Alexander—Marines trained at a segregated base—take a break during the fight for Iwo Jima. What their generation endured gave birth to a great legacy.


  • What about the Middle?
    By Major Craig R. Wonson, U.S. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Essay Contest, 1st Prize Winner

    The Marine Corps has few tools to span the gap between "boots-on-the-ground" and its two new high-tech platforms. How will the Corps address those manybut very low-profile...

  • Semper Recruitus
    By Colonel Fred Peck, USMC

    It takes lots of shoe leather and phone calls to meet the Marine Corps' recruiting goal, but good commercials, such as "Diamond" and "The Climb", that challenge a young recruit...

  • Get the Investigation Monkey off the Commander's Back
    By Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Performing JAG Manual investigations is viewed as an onerous task and usually thrust upon untrained junior officers. This important duty should instead be assigned to a career field specially trained to conduct these often complex inquiries...

  • Caring for Jeff from Ruff's War
    By Commander Cheryl Lynn Ruff, U.S. Navy and Commander K. Sue Roper, U.S. Navy

    Ruff's War, just published by the Naval Institute Press, recounts the emotional impact of war on a U.S. Navy nurse serving on the frontlines in Iraq. She and her co-author, tell what it was like to be the only nurse-anesthetist in a...

  • Alternate Crewing Strategies
    By Commander Sharon Daniels, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Senior Psychologist

    Maritime organizations are debating the inherent difficulties of crewing vessels to maximize the operational output of platforms. Maritime crews, unlike their civilian team-counterparts, work, live, and play together 24 hours a day in an isolated...

  • What Hath BRAC Wrought?
    By John X. Carrier

    In the base realignment and closure (BRAC) world, the Department of Defense proposes and the BRAC Commission disposes. DoD chose to reduce the scope of the 2005 BRAC recommendations to approximately 15% of its facilities, vice the 25% reduction...

  • Media Support in Joint Operations
    By Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Sales, U.S. Marine Corps

    Cut to pieces at nighttime checkpoints after they failed to stop" is how the international press characterized the U.S. Marine engagement of vehicles that ran checkpoints after curfew in the early weeks of Operation Secure Tomorrow, the...

  • A Humvee for the 21st Century
    By Colonel William D. Siuru, Jr., U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    Although the Hummer continues to be popular with civilian car buyers (regardless of the cost to fill the gas tank), its military counterpart, the high mobility multi-wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) is already 20 years old and approaching the end of its...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But NETC Is Slighting Some Potentially Great Naval Officers
    By Kenneth Harbaugh

    The Navy is correct in seeking unrestricted line officers with a high degree of technical proficiency. But for the NROTC accessions process, this approach is beginning to look more like zealotry. Over the past few years, the Naval Education and...

  • Book Reviews

    No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle For Fallujah

    Bing West. New York: Bantam, 2005. 448 pp. Order of Battle. Notes. Bib. Maps. $25.00

    Reviewed by Captain...

  • Oceans: 1931: The First Nautilus North Pole Expedition
    By Don Walsh

    Australian born George Hubert Wilkins was one of the most remarkable adventurers and explorers of the 20th century. In May 1928 he made the first flight across the Arctic Ocean going from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitzbergen, Norway, and was...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    China's Party Struggles to Maintain Rule

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    USNI Histories Receive Welcome Support

    Future generations have much to learn from the life experiences of Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Eugene B....

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

    Warships, sailors, and Marines from the Netherlands, Mexico, and Canada were among those foreign navies playing an early and important role during multinational Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts in September.

  • Lest We Forget: "The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age"; VMO-2
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    "The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age"

    In 1803, the USS Philadelphia—sent to the Mediterranean to protect American shipping from the marauding vessels of the so...

  • Charting Your Course: Wanted: Great Writers
    By Christopher P. Michel

    It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the...

  • From Our Archive: Marines Report at Monongahela, 1895

    Marines report for detail at Monongahela, WV, 15 May 1895, 10 years after the Marine Corps was established.

    This and other photos are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo...

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