Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
July 2005
This issue of Proceedings focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), formerly known as remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), that have been transformed into missile-firing, bomb-dropping joint combat air systems (J-UCAS). Thanks ...

Comment and Discussion

July 2005
"Reflections on Vietnam"(See J. Hoar, pp. 33-36, May 2005 Proceedings)Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Dixon Jr., U.S. Marine Corps-General Hoar states that the U.S. military was asked to do the unachievable-win ...

Time to Tell Our Kids It's Okay to Shoot

By Major David G. Bolgiano, Maryland Air National Guard; Lieutenant Colonel James C. Larsen, USA; and Master Sergeant Trish Pullar, New York Air National Guard
July 2005
U.S. armed forces engage in combat under defined rules of engagement that local commanders often complicate. The authors discuss the training syllabus they are using to prepare troops about to ...

Remembering Eddie Albert

By Thomas J. Cutler
July 2005
Eddie Albert, who became a household name starring opposite Eva Gabor in the hit television comedy "Green Acres," is gone. The actor, who worked constantly throughout the entertainment industry and ...

How to Stop Crashing Marine Aircraft

By Major Richard Hendrick, U.S. Marine Corps
July 2005
During a safety stand-down following an F/A-18 Hornet accident several years ago, the Marine Air Group-31 commanding officer observed to me and my fellow aviators that MiG-29 pilots need not ...

A Different Kind of Pick Me-Up

By Lieutenant Commander Donn W. Keels Jr., U.S. Navy
July 2005
As automation on the battlefield increases, combat search-and-rescue is the next logical step. Using rotary-wing UAVs will save lives, hardware, and money.Expectation of rescue is ingrained in American military ...

A Gunboat Navy for the 21st Century

By Eric Kimura
July 2005
Naval history teaches that an over-reliance on the littoral combat ship could leave us vulnerable to nations with deep water capabilities.There is currently an effort afoot to cut the ...

Just Mines Please

By Master Chief Mineman John E. Babcock, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2005
There has been much debate concerning the littoral combat ship's (LCS) impact on mine warfare. Responsibility for this vital, but often overlooked, mission will pass from a dedicated group of ...

Navy Culture and Military Education

By Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Donahoe, U.S. Army
July 2005
Only a cultural change can overcome the Navy's institutional tendency to undervalue formal military education and deliver on the promise of Alfred Thayer Mahan.During the past two years I ...

The New U-505 Experience

By Captain James Wise, U.S. Navy (Retired), author of The U-505
July 2005
On 4 June 1944, the German 750-ton Type IXC U-boat U-505 became the first man-o-war since the War of 1812 to be captured by the U.S. Navy in battle on ...

Book Reviews

July 2005
Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy's First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality Robert J. Schneller Jr. New York and London: New York University Press, 2005. ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
July 2005
On the last Saturday in May the French voted down the proposed European Union constitution. Since the constitution had to be adopted unanimously in order to come into effect, this ...

U.S. Navy: Antiship Ballistic Missiles...Again

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
July 2005
Among the increasing array of threats that will confront U.S. naval forces in the future will be antiship ballistic missiles. China intends to develop such weapons using conventional warheads, according ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
July 2005
This past May, U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts, Sue C. Payton, met with Singapore's Minister of Defense, Teo Chee Hean, to hand over a 7-meter ...

Oceans: Hot Leftovers from a Cold War

By Don Walsh
July 2005
The Soviet and Russian navies have operated nuclear warships for a half-century, with two-thirds of them based with the Northern Fleet at the Kola Peninsula and the remainder with the ...

Lest We Forget: Civilian Yard Workers; HSL-30

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2005
Civilian Yard WorkersUSS Yorktown limped up the Pearl Harbor channel. Two near misses and a direct hit from Japanese aircraft had done considerable damage to this aircraft carrier and it ...

Naval Institute Foundation

July 2005
McCormick Tribune Foundation Gifts Support U-505On 4 June 1944 the German submarine U-505 became the first man-of-war captured by the U.S. Navy in battle on the high seas since ...