Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
November 2005
This is the annual Marine issue of Proceedings, but in the spirit of Jointness, Managing Editor Mac Greeley and I, both rumored to bleed Marine green, decided to lead ...

What Would Stephen Decatur Do?

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2005
I was in Vietnam in the middle of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive in the Spring of 1972, and enemy regiments were all around us. Many of our artillery firebases ...

Comment and Discussion

November 2005
"How to Stop Crashing Marine Aircraft"(See R. Hendrick, pp. 22-25, July 2005; J. Ford, pp. 6-10, August 2005; M. Woods, pp. 68-70 September 2005 Proceedings)Lieutenant General Michael A. Hough, U.S ...

Using the Military in Domestic Crises

By James F. Kelly, Jr.
November 2005
While federal, state, and local authorities took turns blaming each other for flawed responses to Katrina, one federal department, the Department of Defense, was receiving praise from all quarters for ...

Learning from the Storm

By Lieutenant Commander Matt White, U.S. Coast Guard
November 2005
Even as 60-knot winds persisted throughout the region, Coast Guard forces began descending on the devastated city of New Orleans and Mississippi coastal communities as the first wave of what ...

A Helping Hand . . . From the Sea

By Rear Admiral Joe "Killer" Kilkenny, U.S. Navy
November 2005
The U.S. armed forces came to Katrina-and so did the nations of the world: The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, France, and Germany. Others pledged financial aid. As the Joint Force Maritime ...

The Marines and Katrina: Whatever was Necessary

By Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
November 2005
Why wouldn't I be here?"Wiping his sweaty brow in New Orleans, Corporal Michael P. O'Brien of Dorchester, Mass, summed up the U.S. Marines' response to Hurricane Katrina, a disaster whose ...

The Osprey as Phoenix

By Richard Whittle
November 2005
Osprey advocates regard the V-22 as the most revolutionary development in flight since the jet engine: an aircraft that can take off, land, hover, and maneuver like a helicopter but ...

Culture Isn't Just for Yogurt

By Major Michael Jernigan, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2005
Marine Corps Essay Contest, 2nd Prize Winner"The U.S. Marine Corps has evolved its mystical appeal slowly, through an unusual combination of circumstance, good fortune, and, most of all, conviction ...

What about the Middle?

By Major Craig R. Wonson, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2005
Marine Corps Essay Contest, 1st Prize WinnerThe Marine Corps has few tools to span the gap between "boots-on-the-ground" and its two new high-tech platforms. How will the Corps address ...

Get the Investigation Monkey off the Commander's Back

By Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
November 2005
Performing JAG Manual investigations is viewed as an onerous task and usually thrust upon untrained junior officers. This important duty should instead be assigned to a career field specially trained ...

Caring for Jeff from Ruff's War

By Commander Cheryl Lynn Ruff, U.S. Navy and Commander K. Sue Roper, U.S. Navy
November 2005
Ruff's War, just published by the Naval Institute Press, recounts the emotional impact of war on a U.S. Navy nurse serving on the frontlines in Iraq. She and her co-author ...

Alternate Crewing Strategies

By Commander Sharon Daniels, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Senior Psychologist
November 2005
Maritime organizations are debating the inherent difficulties of crewing vessels to maximize the operational output of platforms. Maritime crews, unlike their civilian team-counterparts, work, live, and play together 24 hours ...

What Hath BRAC Wrought?

By John X. Carrier
November 2005
In the base realignment and closure (BRAC) world, the Department of Defense proposes and the BRAC Commission disposes. DoD chose to reduce the scope of the 2005 BRAC recommendations to ...

Media Support in Joint Operations

By Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Sales, U.S. Marine Corps
November 2005
Cut to pieces at nighttime checkpoints after they failed to stop" is how the international press characterized the U.S. Marine engagement of vehicles that ran checkpoints after curfew in the ...

A Humvee for the 21st Century

By Colonel William D. Siuru, Jr., U.S. Air Force (Retired)
November 2005
Although the Hummer continues to be popular with civilian car buyers (regardless of the cost to fill the gas tank), its military counterpart, the high mobility multi-wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) is ...

Book Reviews

November 2005
No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle For Fallujah Bing West. New York: Bantam, 2005. 448 pp. Order of Battle. Notes. Bib. Maps. $25.00Reviewed by Captain Tyson ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
November 2005
China's Party Struggles to Maintain RuleChina recently conducted a joint military exercise with the Russians, the ostensible scenario being an attack against a terrorist base. Skeptical Russian commentators observed ...

Naval Institute Foundation

November 2005
USNI Histories Receive Welcome SupportFuture generations have much to learn from the life experiences of Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey, nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost of the ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
November 2005
Warships, sailors, and Marines from the Netherlands, Mexico, and Canada were among those foreign navies playing an early and important role during multinational Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts in September. The ...

Lest We Forget: "The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age"; VMO-2

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
November 2005
"The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age"In 1803, the USS Philadelphia—sent to the Mediterranean to protect American shipping from the marauding vessels of the so-called Barbary states ...

The U.S. Naval Institute is a private, self-supporting, not-for-profit professional society that publishes Proceedings as part of the open forum it maintains for the Sea Services. The Naval Institute is not an agency of the U.S. government; the opinions expressed in these pages are the personal views of the authors.