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By Robert Timberg
September 2005
How could the world have missed an entire civilization collapsing before its eyes," asks Jim Lacey. "The simple answer is that no one has ever seen it happen before." In ...

Comment and Discussion

September 2005
"Remembering Eddie Albert"(See T. Cutler, p. 26, July, 2005 Proceedings)David Schroeder-Even though Eddie Albert's [then Edward Heimberger] heroism at Tarawa was evident to all who witnessed it on the second ...

A Zero Sum Navy

By Merrick Carey
September 2005
Zero Sum analysis has long dominated Washington policy debates, where it is most prevalent in economic projections. The dynamic nature of the private economy is ignored when setting tax rates ...

The Virginia SSN: Right for the Times

By Vice Admiral Charles L Munns, U.S. Navy
September 2005
Since 9/11 the U.S. military has expended considerable effort in finding new ways to fight the global war on terror using systems built for another kind of war. U.S. Army ...

Getting in Tune with Special Operations

By Lieutenant Commander Christopher Rawley, U.S. Naval Reserve
September 2005
U.S. Navy SEALs found this poster of Osama Bin Laden, plus valuable intelligence information, in an al Qaeda classroom in Afghanistan. The Navy's inherent mobility, plus its demostrated sustainment and ...

Creatively Bridging the Gap

By Captain Gordon E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy, and Captain Thomas C. Cropper, U.S. Navy
September 2005
Mitigating the risk—inherent in any change—to the strike group will depend upon creative use of legacy assets, innovation in tactics, technology infusion, and redefined roles until new platforms become available ...

Faster, Farther, Stronger

By Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Dixon, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps
September 2005
Marines have traditionally "hit the beach" in landing craft. In the future however, the Corps must develop an air assault capability that can land and maintain a major combat force ...

They Looked OK When They Went by Me

By David North
September 2005
The author, who flew combat missions in A-4s from the USS Intrepid (CV-11) during the Vietnam War and later became the Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology, reflects on ...

Fighting Six Diverts to Pearl Harbor

By John B. Lundstrom
September 2005
Author John B. Lundstrom chronicled in detail U.S. naval aviation's thrust across the Pacific to the home islands of Japan. It had a beginning and its name was Pearl Harbor ...

The Navy Wages Peace at Portsmouth

By Captain Peter B. Bowman, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2005
The U.S. Navy found itself in an unusual role in the late summer of 1905. Instead of showing the flag or waging war, it was helping to establish a prominent ...

In Defense of the Aircraft Carrier

By Mark E. Logan
September 2005
Over the next few months, the Department of Defense (DoD) will conduct an internal review of defense strategy and planning. Aircraft carriers are often scrutinized during these reviews, especially when ...

Deckplates Human Resources: Where Do We Go from Here?

By Master Chief Navy Counselor Paul Pierce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2005
The last several years have seen significant improvement in the areas of reenlistment and lowering of attrition rates. Those successes are principally the result of increased CNO (and therefore command-level) ...

Book Reviews

September 2005
Annapolis Autumn: Life, Death and Literature at the U.S. Naval Academy Bruce Fleming. NY: The New Press, 2005. 288 pp. $24.95.Reviewed by Captain P.T. Deutermann, U.S. Navy (Retired)Annapolis ...

U.S. Navy: Amphibious Force: Quo Vadis?

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
September 2005
The recent, highly critical Navy Board of Inspection and Survey report on the amphibious transport dock San Antonio (LPD-17), and the subsequent news stories and the questions raised in Congress ...

World Naval Developments: One- or Two-War Capability?

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
September 2005
The national strategy of the U.S. is changing in response to the demands of the Global War on Terror. Reports of the ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review suggest that the long-standing ...

Oceans: Vostok: An Ocean Under the Ice

By Don Walsh
September 2005
Perhaps "ocean" is a too generous term for Antarctica's Lake Vostok. Located beneath the Russian Vostok station high on the central plateau of the East Antarctic, it is the largest ...

Naval Institute Foundation

September 2005
J. Ira Harris is Appointed USNI CommodoreThe Naval Institute honored J. Ira Harris of Palm Beach and Chicago in June. With wife Nicki and friends in attendance, he was inducted ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
September 2005
In early May, the fourth KDX-II-class destroyer, Wang Geon, was launched at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The warship is the fourth of a six-ship class ...

Lest We Forget: Leadership by Example; Fighter Squadron 124 (VF-124)

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2005
Leadership by ExampleAs an advisor with the South Vietnamese Marines early in the Vietnam War, Major William Leftwich '53, wrote the following words of advice for those who would follow ...

Charting Your Course: Match the Hatch

By Christopher P. Michel
September 2005
Three weeks ago, my blackberry buzzed with a new e-mail entitled "Strong Recommendation." It was from an old Navy friend and recently retired post-command O-6. "Chris, I rarely recommend anyone ...

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