Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
December 2005
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 argues, can be ...

Comment and Discussion

December 2005
"A Unified Command Plan for a New Era"(See K. Houlgate, pp. 30-32, September 2005 Proceedings)Lieutenant Commander Dru Blanc, U.S. Navy-The publication timing for Major Houlgate's article was amazing. I read ...

Firing on the Up Roll: England Expects

By Harlan Ullman
December 2005
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" ...

Simulation Training Today

December 2005
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 ...

New Techniques for Medical Simulation

By Captain Joseph O. Lopreiato, MC, USN
December 2005
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.The use of simulation technology for ...

Leveraging Simulator Technology

By Commander Jay Allen, USCG
December 2005
The post-9/11 Coast Guard quickly realized the need to leverage technology and use innovation to bolster the motto "Always Ready."From the academy in New London, Connecticut, to the USCGC ...

Training the Millennial Sailor

By Captain Arnold O. Lotring, U.S. Navy
December 2005
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 ...

The Way Out: Iraqi Security Forces

By Lieutenant Anthony J. Schwarz, U.S. Navy
December 2005
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 ...

The Wellsprings of Transformation

By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force
December 2005
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 ...

Electronic Chaos

By Major Franz J. Gayl, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
December 2005
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 ...

America the Vulnerable

By Representatives Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
December 2005
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 ...

Professional Notes

December 2005
Maritime Interception Operations: Worth the EffortCommander John P. Patch, U.S. NavyCoalition maritime interception operations (MIO) in the Arabian Gulf stand as unrivaled examples of effective maritime embargo enforcement, but ...

Book Reviews

December 2005
New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy Ralph Peters. New York: Sentinel, 2005. 304 pp. $24.95.Reviewed by Michael S. NeibergRalph Peters' dust jacket biographical statement says that the author ...

U.S. Navy: Meeting the Challenge of a New Era

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
December 2005
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 ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
December 2005
China Purchases Russian RadarsIn 2004 China bought Russian Podsolnikh-E high-frequency (HF) surface-wave radars for coastal surveillance. These radars use the ionosphere and the conducting surface of the sea as ...

Naval Institute Foundation

December 2005
A Tip o' the Tam to Commodore Rosa McDonaldWith her wry wit and self-deprecating humor, Rosa Laird McDonald of Montchanin, Delaware, is a favorite of the Naval Institute staff. She's ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
December 2005
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 ...

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)
December 2005
Mind Over MatterIn 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 ...