Report to the Membership

March 2005
Fellow Members of the Naval Institute,It has been a year since the Board asked Tom Wilkerson to assume the duties of CEO—a year of unprecedented change at the Naval Institute ...

Comment and Discussion

March 2005
"A Bridge Too Far"(See B. Stone, pp. 31-35, February Proceedings)Lieutenant Commander Keith Harrison, U.S. Navy, Maintenance Officer, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30-BZ to Lieutenant Stone! Finally someone has had ...

We Believe in Command, Not Staff

By Lieutenant Commander David Adams, USN
March 2005
The nation's defense ultimately depends on command leaders with vision, decisiveness, and the courage of strong convictions—people like Arleigh Burke.

World Naval Developments: Shared Aperture and the Future

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
March 2005
Last fall, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully tested a shared-aperture antenna. It employed a separate active-array transmitter and an array of receiving elements. This was probably the first such ...

Commentary: The Silence of the Imams

By John W. Coe
March 2005
Sun Tzu noted that, to prosecute war, we first must understand and name the enemy. He claims this knowledge "must be obtained from men who know the enemy situation."2 In ...

The Commanders Respond

March 2005
To be relevant in an age of globalization, navies are discovering they must cooperate with each other more than ever. This year, the Naval Institute asked the commanders of the ...

Navies and the New World Order

By Geoffrey Till
March 2005
The global sea-based trading system is turning us into a single world society, and naval forces such as this U.S. SH-60F Seahawk from the carrier George Washington (CVN-73) are central ...

India Rules the Waves

By Eric S. Margolis
March 2005
Seeing itself as rightful heir to the former British Empire, India intends to become a full-fledged world power with a blue-water navy. The purchase and construction of aircraft carriers to ...

Maritime Dimensions of Security in the Indian Ocean

By Vice Admiral P. S. Das, Indian Navy (Ret.)
March 2005
From their earliest days, the littoral nations of the Indian Ocean-even India, arguably the most capable maritime power in the region-have focused on their land frontiers. The maritime dimensions of ...

Give Coast Guard the Lead Maritime Role at NorthCom

By Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey A. C. Mones, USN
March 2005
Since it already performs maritime security functions, as demonstrated by this HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and a 41-foot patrol boat from Coast Guard Station Seattle-with ...

Making a Case for Naval Lily Pads

By Lieutenant Peter Halvorsen, USN
March 2005
In the midst of the debate over sea basing, an alternative—or supplement—should be considered: lily pads that would combine the ability to project power from a base such as exists ...

Special: Liberty Victims Did Not Die in Vain

By Anthony R. Wells
March 2005
David Walsh's article, "Friendless Fire," in the June 2003 Proceedings makes a compelling case but leaves many questions unasked and therefore unanswered. His assertion of serious flaws in the book, ...

The Army Can Fight Small Wars, Too

By Lieutenant Colonel Gian P. Gentile, U.S. Army
March 2005
There appears to be a developing body of opinion regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that seeks to place blame for the rise of the insurgency squarely on the shoulders of ...

Ship Simulators Are Part of a Training System

By Captain Brian F. Boyce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2005
The Navy's transformation strategy is leading to dramatic changes in ships, weapons, doctrine, and manning in the surface force. While high-speed vessels, long-standoff-range weapons, and networked command and control have ...

Reminders for Leading Civilians

By Commander Mark Vandroff, U.S. Navy
March 2005
Oftentimes, a naval officer's leadership and management experience is entirely with military personnel. But at some point in his or her career, an officer will be faced with leading an ...

Book Reviews

March 2005
The Coast Guard Edited by Torn Beard. Westport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin, 2004. 352 pp. Photos. Index. $75.00.Reviewed by Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)The Foundation ...

U.S. Navy: Sea Base Ships for the Future

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
March 2005
Sea basing is an important part of fuOture U.S. military strategy, as being developed by the Department of Defense, to enable U.S. forces to be put ashore rapidly in distant ...

Lest We Forget: Midshipmen of the Mexican War; VP-22

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2005
Midshipmen of the Mexican WarAlmost dead center in the Naval Academy "Yard" is an obelisk surrounded by four cannons and inscribed with the names: Clemson, Hynson, Pillsbury, and Shubrick. Names ...

Naval Institute Foundation

March 2005
Are You Up for the Challenge?You can make a donation toward the completion of Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith’s oral history—and your dollars will do double duty thanks to the generous ...
Royal British Navy Rum

Rum Bosun at Work

March 2005
Royal Navy Leading Seaman Harry Purdue of Portsmouth, England, as the "rum bosun," collects his group's daily ration of rum, or grog, from the Quarter-Master and in the presence of ...

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