Proceedings Magazine - January 2006 Vol. 132/1/1,235

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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    We are pleased to welcome the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, to Proceedings. His article, "What I Believe: Eight Tenets...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Navy Medicine in Critical Condition"

    (See J. Rappold, pp. 25-27, December 2005 Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral John M. Mateczun, MC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Surgeon General-Dr. Rappold is a great physician but his assessment of the...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Name-Calling Debases Honest Debate
    By John McCain

    The debate over the war in Iraq has lately occasioned more than the usual share of falsehoods, libels, and incivility that degrade politics in our excessively partisan times. Not long ago, a member of the House of Representatives from my party...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Needed: A Code of Conduct for the War on Terror
    By Harlan Ullman

    Of all the strategic blunders the Bush administration has made in waging the Global War on Terror, most damaging to the reputation and values of the United States has been its treatment of enemy combatants. Press reports and debasing photographs...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But..."Exactly what is the detailer's job?"
    By Captain Mike Lambert, U.S. Navy

    "As a detailer, my job is to set you up for success, do my part in getting you promoted/screened for the next career milestone, and provide you with the career advice you need to move onward and upward."—From the Navy Personnel...

  • What I Believe: Eight Tenets that Guide My Vision for the 21st Century Navy
    By Admiral Mike Mullen, USN

    Last October I published my Guidance for 2006, in which I laid out a long-term vision for our Navy. I also provided some guiding principles and near-term objectives to help us achieve that vision. What follows here is what you didn't see in...

  • Martian Alert!
    By Colonel Mark A. Brilakis, USMC

    As the annual budget of the Department of Defense hurtles past the astonishing $420 billion mark and we find that even that much taxpayer gold is not nearly enough to satiate the appetite of our standing military, let alone pay for ongoing...

  • MarSOC: Just Call Them Marines
    By Fred L. Schultz

    The commanding general of the controversial new Marine Corps Special Operations Command talks to Proceedings.

    Not long after he was tapped to lead the first...

  • Turning 'em Green
    By David J. Danelo

    A world-class military museum with significant hands-on interactivity will open in Quantico next fall.

    Nestled on the southern end of Prince William Country, Virginia, 200 yards west of Route 1 and...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>

    The two retired U.S. Navy Kidd (DDG-993) class destroyers recently added to the Taiwanese Navy are by far the most capable and powerful surface warships ever to enter service with their fleet. Initially...

  • Our Lady Queen of Class
    By Tom Cutler

    Call me a sissy. Call me corny, out-dated, or whatever you think appropriate. But on Saturday, 12 November 2005, I cried. I sat in front of my television with tears streaming down my face. It was not a war movie or a love story on the...

  • Shaping the Future
    By Admiral John B. Nathman, USN, and Commander Clay Harris, USN

    A Navy deployed forward, ready to respond quickly to any crisis, and able to take the fight to the adversary's shores is still America's best defense.

  • Better Big and B(u)y the Dozen
    By Captain J. Talbot Manvel Jr., U.S.Navy (Retired)

    The justification process for the Navy's next aircraft carrier was the most extensive in the history of the Department of Defense. The conclusion was definitive: Buy 12 big-deck carriers.

  • Controlling the Rivers
    By Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Army, and Commander Laurence McCabe, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy has a rich tradition of riverine warfare. However, in the push for newer and more capable blue-water forces, the Navy has ignored its brown-water heritage.

  • Reading for Readiness
    By Lieutenant Anthony Mortimer, U. S. Navy

    As the Navy prepares for a new generation of ships and aircraft, it faces a growing literacy problem among its sailors. Fewer recruits, such as those pictured above en route to their Battle Stations exercise prior to graduation, are entering...

  • The Year in Pictures
  • On the Ragged Edge: Standing Up the Iraqi Army
    By Lieutenant Colonel Curtis L. Williamson III, U. S. Marine Corps

    Helping to rebuild a dismantled Iraqi army is a daunting task. A former Marine advisor outlines the challenges he faced.

    The disbanding of the Iraqi army in spring 2003 will serve as fodder for historians, Beltway think-tanks,...

  • Two Towering Figures: The Real Thing
    By Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In an age when the word hero is casually tossed around, Bill Lawrence was the real thing.

    Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, who died last month, was a man of uncommon courage who embodied the caliber of leadership so many seek...

  • Two Towering Figures: Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski: A Subordinate Reflects
    By Thomas C. Hone

    The Naval Institute, the Navy, the Department of Defense, and the nation have lost one of the most influential military thinkers of modern times. On 12 November 2005, retired Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski succumbed to cancer after a long...

  • Resurrection of a Liberty Ship
    By Ernest F. Imhoff

    A veteran reporter and editor takes us on board a Baltimore landmark, the SS John W. Brown, one of two World War II Liberty ships still able to get under way.

    'We Play Ships'

  • Naval Intelligence Needs a High-Low Mix
    By Lieutenant Commander Jim Griffin, USN

    2005 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest 1st Prize Winner

    Cosponsors: Naval Intelligence Professionals, Naval Intelligence Foundation, U.S. Naval Institute

    To regain its focus...

  • Professional Notes

    Provide the Capability for Interdiction Operations
    Lieutenant Ben Perman, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

  • Book Reviews

    Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine's Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S.

    Kenneth Sewell with Clint Richmond. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. 226 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $25.00.

  • Oceans: Chinese Aim for the Deep
    By Don Walsh

    France, Russia, and Japan currently operate the world's deepest-diving manned submersibles. The French Nautile and the two Russian Mir vehicles can dive to 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). Japan's Shinkai 6500 goes 1,600 feet deeper to be the...

  • U. S. Navy: The ASDS Is Sailing Rough Seas
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The Navy's long-awaited Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) is in rough waters.1 The U.S. Special Operations Command, which sponsors the program, has cancelled plans to acquire a fleet of the submersibles in the near term. This...

  • World Naval Developments
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    India May Export Missiles

    In November 2005, the Indian government announced that it was willing "in principle" to export several missiles under development: the Akash and Trishul medium- and short-range anti-...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Enterprise Founder Appointed to the Arleigh Burke Society

    Life Member Jack C. Taylor of St. Louis, Missouri, has attained the Arleigh Burke Society, the top donor level for a Naval Institute Commodore. He is Chairman Emeritus of...

  • Lest We Forget: Rush and Rendernick; HC-16
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Rush and Rendernick

    The submarine USS Billfish (SS-286) was patrolling enemy controlled waters in Makassar Strait on 11 November 1943, when she was discovered by a Japanese destroyer. The...

  • From Our Archive: USS California (ACR-6, May 1908

    The armored cruiser USS California (ACR-6) at San Diego, May 1908. This photo and others are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may place orders or leave messages 24 hours a...

  • Charting Your Course: Military Spouse: Full Speed Ahead
    By Christopher P. Michel

    The old adage about military spouses—Navy wife: toughest job in the Navy—prompts stereotypical mental images of a teary-eyed young woman standing on the pier in her flower-print dress hoping to catch a last glimpse of her husband as...

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