Proceedings Magazine - December 2005 Vol. 131/12/1,234

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Our lead article this month, "How to Win in Iraq," by Terence Daly, is among the most important pieces published in...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    Our lead article this month, "How to Win in Iraq," by Terence Daly, is among the most important pieces published in Proceedings this year. Victory, the author...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A Unified Command Plan for a New Era"

    (See K. Houlgate, pp. 30-32, September 2005 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: England Expects
    By Harlan Ullman

    On 21 October 2005 the Royal Navy marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, proudly celebrating the victory of Britain's most famous admiral and his "band of brothers" over the combined French and Spanish fleet...

  • How to Win in Iraq
    By Lieutenant Colonel Terence J. Daly, USAR (Ret.)

    Sidebar: Recommended Reading (and Viewing) on Counterinsurgency

    "The population's attitude in the middle stage of the war is dictated not so much by the relative popularity...

  • Before the Storm: al Qaeda's Coming Maritime Campaign
    By Captain James Pelkofski, USN

    Since the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67), acts of maritime terrorism have been rare. But recent activity at sea indicates that the past five years may have created a false sense of security that was merely the...

  • Navy Medicine in Critical Condition
    By Commander Joseph Rappold, MC, USN

    Navy Medicine still relies on organization and platforms such as the USNS Mercy (T-AH-19 that were designed to fight the Cold War. Lack of leadership and planning has left the Navy's medical department ill-prepared to...

  • Deconstructing War
    By Vice Admiral James Stavridis, USN

    Fresh thinking for taking on America's newest enemies—those small and deadly forces at large in a splintered world.

    War is changing, and not for the better. Like much else in our world, it is...

  • Should Congress Scrap Posse Comitatus?
    By Art Pine

    Some say the 1878 law is a relic of a different age that ties the hands of the military during natural disasters and should be repealed or revised. Others say that the statute still serves an important purpose. Meanwhile,...

  • U.S. Preemptive War Policies
    By Colonel John M. Collins, USA (Ret.)

    Do unto others before they do unto you.
    The Golden Rule of Preemption

  • Simulation Training Today

    From Navy emergency rooms and submarines to Coast Guard aircraft and surface ships, service members wearing Darth Vader-like headgear and operating in virtual reality environments that would make any video game junkie envious are training for the...

  • New Techniques for Medical Simulation
    By Captain Joseph O. Lopreiato, MC, USN

    The simulation experience for medical practitioners runs the gamut from real, live, walking simulated patients to the video game—like three-dimensional world of virtual reality.

  • Leveraging Simulator Technology
    By Commander Jay Allen, USCG

    The post-9/11 Coast Guard quickly realized the need to leverage technology and use innovation to bolster the motto "Always Ready."

  • Training the Millennial Sailor
    By Captain Arnold O. Lotring, U.S. Navy

    A revolution in training has profoundly affected Navy training organizations and day-to-day operations. Since June 2003, all shore schools supporting training for the submarine force have been placed under one command, the Submarine Learning...

  • The Way Out: Iraqi Security Forces
    By Lieutenant Anthony J. Schwarz, U.S. Navy

    U.S. withdrawal from Iraq may hinge on the readiness of Iraq's security forces, such as these soldiers in training at Kir Kush. The number of troops needed, divided by the time to get them adequately trained will point to a date around...

  • The Wellsprings of Transformation
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force

    The military traditionally puts little emphasis on scholarly achievement. For transformation to be successful, however, the services need to foster and reward intellectual curiosity in their officer corps. Only in the climate of professional...

  • Electronic Chaos
    By Major Franz J. Gayl, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

    Strategic forces, such as this B-1B bomber, are protected from electromagnetic pulse. As for tactical forces .. . good luck.

    EMP [electromagnetic pulse] is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of...

  • America the Vulnerable
    By Representatives Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)

    The following discussion of EMP effects on the U.S. economy is excerpted from War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World by Frank J. Gaffney and Colleagues, which the Naval Institute Press will publish...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Armed Forces Need Another Top Gun
    By Richard D. Parker, Ph.D.

    One of the biggest money-making films of all time was also one of the best recruiting tools the military has ever had for swelling the ranks of those in uniform.

  • Professional Notes

    Maritime Interception Operations: Worth the Effort

    Commander John P. Patch, U.S. Navy

  • Book Reviews

    New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy

    Ralph Peters. New York: Sentinel, 2005. 304 pp. $24.95.

    Reviewed by Michael S. Neiberg

  • Film Review: Jarhead: A Tale Better Left Untold
    Reviewed by David J. Danelo

    A popular belief among Marine officers is that 90% of their time is occupied by 10% of their people. This small fraction of maturity-challenged grunts makes such a frequent practice of misbehavior (both alcohol-induced and otherwise) that leaders...

  • Naval Systems: SEWIP Inserting Technology for Phased Transformation
    By Edward J. Walsh

    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS), prime contractor for the surface fleet's electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP), plans to deliver this month a range of new capabilities for the Navy's elderly SLQ-32(v)...

  • U.S. Navy: Meeting the Challenge of a New Era
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    A new commanding officer must be careful when first addressing his crew—he has to establish his own agenda and policies, but not directly criticize his predecessor nor create confusion in the near-term. Admiral Mike Mullen, the new Chief of...

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

    China Purchases Russian Radars

  • Nobody Asked Me, But Marines Know Cammies. . .and Khaki Beats Purple as a Joint Color
    By Commander Todd Kiefer, U.S. Navy

    Painfully obvious to anyone looking through the current Navy uniform regulations, is that we have too many uniforms. Even so, there are unmet needs such as a camouflage utility uniform for the many folks in the Navy who deploy to expeditionary...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    A Tip o' the Tam to Commodore Rosa McDonald

    With her wry wit and self-deprecating humor, Rosa Laird McDonald of Montchanin, Delaware, is a favorite of the Naval Institute staff. She's a Life Member, an instrument-...

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

    On 18 August 2005 Nykõping, Sweden's fourth Visby-class multipurpose guided-missile patrol craft was launched in preparation for a 2006 delivery. Next year, the vessel will join lead sister ship Visby along...

  • Lest We Forget: Mind Over Matter; VT-26
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Mind Over Matter

    In 1942, Mary Sears tried to join the U.S. Navy but was rejected because of an arthritic condition. Fortunately for the U.S. war effort, the Navy recanted a year later and accepted her for service in the Hydrographic...

  • Charting Your Course: A Time of Hope and Promise
    By Christopher P. Michel

    One sure sign of aging is to be asked to return to your alma mater to give a speech. Recently, I returned home to the vast, golden cornfields of Champaign, Illinois, to speak at the Navy Ball at the University of Illinois. I cannot say that I...

  • From Our Archive

    Simulation training has been an integral part of the military services for many years. Here the X9DI Trainer, nicknamed "Dumbo the Dunker," submerges with Marines on board to simulate a helicopter ditching at sea. This photo and other...

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