Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
May 2005
Proceedings this month commemorates the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War by blending a pictorial of some of the more striking images of that long ago conflict ...

Comment and Discussion

May 2005
"A Bridge Too Far"(See B. Stone, pp. 31-35, February 2005; M. Bowman, p. 18, April 2005 Proceedings)Hamlin A. Caldwell Jr., Charlottesville, VA-Lieutenant Stone's article and Vice Admiral Bowman's critical comments ...

Three Great Apes

By Captain John Byron, USN (Ret.)
May 2005
Surface, submarine, and naval air detailers lord over the Navy like great apesbut do they have the best interests of the Navy at heart?

Reflections on Vietnam

By General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.), and Ron Benigo
May 2005
Thirty years after the choppers lifted off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, two combat veterans try to figure out what America's longest war meant to them—and to ...

Howdy, Pardner

By Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, USCG, Chris Doane, and Joe DiRenzo III
May 2005
The Coast Guard has many responsibilities. New legislation has given it the authority it needs to protect ports worldwide.

Thinking About China's Navy

By Perry Clausen
May 2005
The United States is headed for a naval war with China. We are going to lose. The combination of inadequate shipbuilding and procurement of the wrong types of ships sets ...

Sea Basing: Chasing the Dream

By Commander John P. Patch, USN
May 2005
Sea Basing is seductive, but it is a dream that needs a wake-up call. Planners must reassess their assumptions in the cold light of a dawn that reflects reality, not ...

Boats in the Water, Boots on the Ground

By Lieutenant Commander Eric Johns, USN
May 2005
Network-centric operations are about more than using networks to communicate faster. The current systems, however, focus on the big picture, neglecting the tactical, front-line user.As Commander, Pacific Fleet, Admiral ...

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers

By Captain David H. Lewis USN
May 2005
Free-market capitalism brought the nation, among other things, Aegis cruisers like the USS Antietam.Naval shipbuilding in the United States is in real trouble. With the exception of legacy shipbuilding ...

BRAC: There's no list, but you're on it!

By Lieutenant Commander John X. Carrier USN, (Ret.)
May 2005
The military is preparing for the first round of base closures since 1995. But are the right criteria being used to shape the 21st century force and infrastructure?No later ...

The U.S. Navy in Review

By Scott C. Truver
May 2005
On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake close by Indonesia generated a tsunami of Biblical proportions, killing hundreds of thousands of people, leaving hundreds of thousands more without food, potable ...

The Marines in Review

By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
May 2005
The author Robert D. Kaplan found himself in a front row seat during a trip to Iraq last April. Researching the modern American military, Kaplan got much more than he ...

U.S. Coast Guard in Review

By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen USCG (Ret.)
May 2005
Not since World War II has the U.S. Coast Guard so greatly increased its defense posture for the protection of our nation's ports, waterways, and coastal waters. Maritime Domain Awareness ...

U.S. Naval Aircraft and Weapon Developments

By David L. Parsons
May 2005
AircraftThe most closely watched and anticipated program competition in 2004 was the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA), just designated the P-8A, which is slated to replace the aging P-3C Orion. The ...

Accountability Ain't What It Used to Be

By Commander Terry Ryan, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2005
Once upon a time I commanded a ship. I was held accountable for things beyond my control, and circumstances I had not anticipated. For this I was relieved of my ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
May 2005
Chile's two new Scorpène-class attack submarines, O'Higgins, on sea trials in September 2004, and sister Carrera, will be the first foreign warships to be armed with the ...

Lest We Forget: Raymond Spruance, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
May 2005
Admiral Raymond SpruanceThe great naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison once wrote: "Power of decision and coolness in action were perhaps [his] leading characteristics. He envied no one, rivaled no man ...

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