Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
August 2005
Sixty years ago, on 6 August 1945, a B-29 nicknamed the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another B-29 released a ...

Comment and Discussion

August 2005
"What Are We: Chopped Liver?"(See S. Haugh, p. 2, June 2005 Proceedings)John L. Arata-Welcome to the crowd! During World War II no matter where in the world you served, stateside ...

Mobilizing a Nation

By Williamson Murray
August 2005
The U.S. armed forces trained the troops and U.S. industry produced the goods to win the biggest war in history.

Sudden Victory

By Williamson Murray
August 2005
The atomic bomb saved lives at the timeand probably prevented its use during the Cold War.


By Thomas J. Cutler
August 2005
Recent weeks have seen the passing of giants. First, Slade Cutter. Then Lou Wilson. Finally, CAG Jim Stockdale.

"Do's and Don'ts" for the New Flag Aide

By Lieutenant Commander Sean Carroll, U.S. Coast Guard and Lieutenant (junior grade) Elizabeth Kico, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2005
Sixteen junior officers assembled at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 2004 to prepare for the challenging demands and intense scrutiny of life as a flag aide. Prior to ...

First into Tokyo

By Robert Taylor Rhea
August 2005
In a letter home, a young ensign recorded the historic adventure of a lifetime he and six other naval officers experienced on the day Imperial Japan surrendered.On board USS ...

A Mission of Higher Classification

By Richard Russell
August 2005
In the waning months of World War II, U.S. Sailors and Coast Guardsmen trained Soviet naval personnel in the handling of vessels scheduled for transfer to the Soviet Pacific Ocean ...

A Coast Guard for the 21st Century

By Petty Officer Second Class Judy L. Silverstein, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
August 2005
When terrorists slammed into icons of American financial success and military might on 11 September 2001, the U. S. Coast Guard was thrust into a period of seismic change and ...

Coast Guard Changes into. . . What?

By Captain James F. McEntire, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
August 2005
"I want to emphasize that our analysis of the threats and risks will drive the structure, operations, policies, and missions of the Department, and not the other way around. We ...

The Technology Trap

By John Kruse, PhD and Mark Adkins, PhD
August 2005
The military invests heavily in technology, often ignoring its impact on the users, assuming that "If we build it, they will come." Carrier Group 3 proved the importance of the ...

The Late Great Lou Wilson

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
August 2005
The Marine Corps lost one of its greats on 21 June 2005 with the death of General Louis H. Wilson, the 26th Commandant.

Always Leading and Always Will

By Orson Swindle
August 2005
The country, the Navy, the Stockdale family, especially his beloved wife, Sybil, and those of us who were POWs in North Vietnam suffered a terrible loss with the passing on ...

We Should Transform the Military Staff Corps

By Captain Steve Clark, U.S. Naval Reserve
August 2005
President Bush and Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld advocate transforming the military to meet current and future threats, while changing its culture to reward new thinking, innovation, and experimentation. Many organizational ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
August 2005
HMAS Armidale, the first of twelve Armidale-class patrol boats officially entered Royal Australian Navy service in June. The class, built by Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, has ...

Richard Wainwright & Atlanta (CL-104/IX-304)

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Arthur D. Baker III
August 2005
Richard Wainwright On the night of 15 February 1898, USS Maine inexplicably exploded and sank to the bottom of Havana Harbor. The battleship had been sent to Cuba to "show ...

Charting Your Course: Who Dares Wins!

By Christopher P. Michel
August 2005
"Who dares wins" is the motto of the British Special Air Service—SAS—Her Majesty's elite military unit. This call to action is not just applicable to special operations warriors; it succinctly ...

Naval Institute Foundation

August 2005
Former Institute Leader HonoredFour generations of the late Captain Joseph K. Taussig Jr.'s family were on hand to dedicate the executive suite at Beach Hall to the former Naval Institute ...

From Our Archive

August 2005
A U.S. Coast Guard PBY takes off in answer to an emergency call, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, Miami, Florida (September 1945).This and other photos are available as prints through ...

Book Reviews

August 2005
The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 Richard Zacks. New York: Hyperion, 2005. 448 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $25.95.Reviewed by Frederick ...

U.S. Navy: The Battleship: Phoenix or Museum Piece?

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
August 2005
Again partisans are calling for reactivation of the two Iowa-class battleships still owned by the Navy. Their latest ploy is to propose the two Iowas as alternatives to new-construction ...

Combat Correspondents: Reporters in Uniform

By Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps, (Retired)
August 2005
The battle-tested practice of embedding reporters is all the rage these days in the war reporter business. Never mind that the concept predates Ernie PyIe, or that its execution during ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
August 2005
RAF Proposes Nimrod ModificationIn June, a British newspaper reported that the Royal Air Force is trying to revive its strategic bomber arm, which was, in effect, abandoned forty years ...

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