Editor's Page

By F. H. Rainbow
February 2005
This year's West 2005—our annual San Diego conference and exposition cosponsored with AFCEA—will be the largest one in its 15-year history. Speakers, panelists, and moderators will address all aspects of ...

Comment and Discussion

February 2005
"Baghdad: Help Wanted" (See R. Wray, pp. 45-47, January 2005 Proceedings)Lieutenant Michael L. Farmer, U.S. Navy-Captain Wray has answered a question I have been wondering about for a couple of ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
February 2005
Australian Coastal Defense Infringing?In December, the Australian government announced a package of maritime security measures to be coordinated by a new Joint Offshore Protection Command headed by the current ...

A Bridge Too Far

By Lieutenant B. W. Stone, USN
February 2005
Naval aviation is suffering because the Fleet Response Plan is not delivering on all its promises to do more for less.

Keep the Best, Let Go of the Rest

By Chief Electronics Technician Paul Morin, USNR
February 2005
The measures of success of the CNO's mandated "realignment" of personnel will be to reduce manpower and to keep the best sailors. Letting go of its poorest-performing sailors is a ...

Commentary: Private Military Companies

By Paul Marx
February 2005
Transformation is the favorite buzzword in the current Department of Defense (DoD). While change in our armed forces is long overdue, the greatest transformation is occurring outside the govenment, with ...

Wolf PAC: Exploiting Distributed Operations

By Commander Gregory E. Glaros, USN
February 2005
Quickly producing investment options that can adapt to an uncertain future should be the Department of Defense's main objective. Wolf PAC's goal will be to perform operational experimentation that examines ...

The Wolf Pack

By Jeffrey R. Cares
February 2005
While it is impossible to determine the operational characteristics of complex, distributed, networked forces that do not yet exist, one can examine other disciplines for force design principles, potential experimental ...

Waiting to Be Ready Is Not an Option

By Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Steven Haugh, USN
February 2005
The new Fleet Response Plan requires that the Navy must be able to provide six carrier strike groups within 30 days for contingencies anywhere in the world. A great idea ...

Core Values: More than Just Words

By Intelligence Specialist First Class Thomas J. Miller, USNR
February 2005
I did not join the Navy because its core values appealed to me more than did those of the other branches of the armed services. It just worked out that ...

The Enduring Relevance of Maritime Forces

By Commander Robert P. Girrier, USN
February 2005
In today's world, security is the common ground-the engine spurring international cooperation. The high seas have become an increasingly important venue for expressing nations' shared interests in improving both regional ...

COs Must Be Educated Citizens of the World

By Captain Thomas R. Fedyszyn, USN (Ret.)
February 2005
Commanding officers today must know more than how to fight their ships. To enhance U.S. interests in the 21st century, they must he educated in all elements of grand strategy—diplomatic ...

Unmanned Precision Weapons Aren't New

By Nick T. Spark
February 2005
The "shock and awe" of today's preferred weapons-cruise missiles, precision weapons, and unmanned aerial vehicles-did not debut in Operation Iraqi Freedom, or even in the 1991 Gulf War. Despite the ...

WMD: Interdicting the Gravest Danger

By James R. Holmes and Andrew C. Winner
February 2005
The international community faces a daunting task if it wants to stem the flow of dangerous technology. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) includes interdicting questionable shipments in international waters-here, a ...

Professional Note: The Fleet Needs the LSC Now

By Rear Admiral George Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2005
For two years, the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command has been studying the use of foreign-built high-speed vessels (HSVs) to support SEAL teams and other special operations forces (SOFs). Consequently ...

Professional Note: Can Ships Do without Helmsmen?

By Dr. Monique P. Fargues and Lieutenant Commander Russell Gottfried and Lieutenant Dorothy J. Tamez, U.S Navy
February 2005
Navy transformations in operational planning, technology implementation, and personnel assignment point in the direction of changing the way warships are designed. Determining how ship maneuvering will be controlled occupies a ...

Professional Note: Naval Postgraduate School Aims at Real-World Defense Problems

By Captain Chuck Calvano, U.S. Navy (Retired), Captain Jeff Kline, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Dave Olwell and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stevens, U.S. Army (Retired)
February 2005
Huddled in various working groups with laptops, calculators, charts, and maps, teams of military officers analyze force capability gaps in a range of scenarios from Malay pirates, to Mindanao terrorists ...

Book Reviews

February 2005
Cry from the Deep: The Submarine Disaster That Riveted the World and Put the New Russia to the Ultimate Test Ramsey Flynn. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. 304 pp. Photos. Notes ...

U.S. Navy: Composing Command and Control

By Norman Polmar
February 2005
The next generation of command-and-control capabilities for the U.S. Navy will not be manufactured or built—it will be "composed." The so-called Composeable ForceNet concept provides a command-and-control capability that far ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 2005
On 29 November 2004, France's third Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, Le Vigilant, was commissioned into service. She is to replace Le Redoutable-class SSBN L'Indomptable ...

Reuben James, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and A. D. Baker III
February 2005
Reuben James Many remember Stephen Decatur as one of the bravest and most colorful sailors in the history of the U.S. Navy, but few remember him as a naturalist. He ...

Naval Institute Foundation

February 2005
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