Proceedings Magazine - February 2006 Vol. 132/2/1,236

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During World War II, the nation's defense industry was known as the "arsenal of democracy." It built the ships, submarines, tanks, planes, and other ordnance that allowed the Allies...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    During World War II, the nation's defense industry was known as the "arsenal of democracy." It built the ships, submarines, tanks, planes, and other ordnance that allowed the Allies to crush the original Axis of Evil. Fifteen years...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Martian Alert!"

    (See M. Brilakis, pp. 37-40, January 2006 Proceedings)

    Commander Dick White, SC, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)-Colonel Brilakis conveys a position I admire-start with good enough, keep it good enough, and...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: A 150-Ship Navy?
    By Harlan Ullman

    Unless decisive action is taken, in a decade or two the United States Navy could be down to as few as 150 ships. Those 150 ships will still make our Navy the most powerful in the world and probably without peer. And, if peace and stability...

  • American Shipbuilding: An Industry in Crisis
    By Mike Petters

    During my Plebe history class at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, I read Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery. In this landmark work, Kennedy examines the reasons for the initial...

  • People, Product, and Performance: The Strengths of Shipbuilding
    By Michael W. Toner

    What would happen if cars were subject to the same market conditions as Navy warships? The industry would have to amortize the $1.5 billion cost of a new car design over just a handful of units. It would buy only one fuel pump a year from a...

  • Nobody Asked Me But…I Don't Run from Bugles
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I have personally never seen a sailor run from danger. The courage component of our creed is alive and well. Yet I have seen sailors scurry for cover like roaches when the lights come on—not in the face of hostile fire, or from the raging...

  • The Coast Guard Needs Its Own Grad School
    By Captain Francis J. Sturm, USCG

    The Coast Guard Academy produces excellent junior officers. But how do we prepare them for the greater responsibilities of senior leadership?

  • Excellence by a Tenth of a Second
    By Intelligence Specialist First Class Thomas J. Miller, USNR

    Giacomo won last year's Kentucky Derby by a thin margin, but that's all it took. A small measure of extra effort can give you the edge, often the difference between victory and defeat, fame and obscurity. Which horse...

  • Rainy Night in Dover
    By First Lieutenant Charity E. Winters, U.S. Air Force

    It is raining in Dover. No surprise there. It always seems to be raining at Dover Air Force Base. Summer rain here in Delaware is a hot, humid precipitation that seems to asphyxiate the soul. It makes everything heavy. This evening, time seems to...

  • Bureaucracy: The Enemy Within
    By Lieutenant Nathan D. Luther, U.S. Navy

    Second Prize Winner in the 2005 Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    Today's Navy no longer cultivates warfighting skills. Excessive bureaucracy has stunted the development of creative...

  • Don't Surrender the Moral High Ground
    By Don Thieme

    We stand at an ethical threshold.

    The ethical choices and challenges that have faced U.S. forces for the last four years are unlike anything we have confronted in at least a century. If our officer corps fails to prevent a hardening of the...

  • Twilight of a Vital Industry
  • Ship Repair that Supports the Warfighter
    By Vice Admiral Alexander Krekich, USN (Ret.) with Captain Pete Henning, USN (Ret.)

    I took my 2001 Jeep Cherokee to the dealer recently for a 60,000-mile check-up. There was the standard package of items-brakes and coolant checked, engine inspected, basic stuff. The car was delivered to the shop and I waited for the inevitable...

  • We Need Scientist-Engineers More Than Ever
    by Vice Admiral James H. Doyle Jr., USN (Ret.) and Dr James E. Colvard

    Relationships between civilian scientist-engineers and the U.S. Navy-displayed in Bis photo of Dr. Alan Rudolph and Captain Warren Schultz at the Naval Research Laboratory-has historically proved successful. When politically appointed leadership...

  • What Has 35 Years of Acquisition Reform Accomplished?
    By Thomas Christie

    Not much, says a retired Pentagon official. Now, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England (at podium) wants another comprehensive review of the process. But the author claims previous studies have produced sound acquisition directives and...

  • Performance-Based Acquisition: A Better Way?
    By David Hoexter

    Performance-based acquisition is a method of contracting wherein government program managers describe the results they seek to achieve, rather than tell the contractor how to do the work. A simple example would be a requirement for bumpers on...

  • Bring Back the Boats!
    By Edward H. Wiser

    Millions of dollars have been poured into the too-large and too-slow Sea Fighter (FSF-1), below undergoing flight deck certification, but the Navy can find the answer to its riverine warfare needs in its storied brown-water past. It's...

  • WEST 2006 Wrap-Up
    By Neal Thompson

    State-of-the-art, high technology provided the backdrop, but the low-tech role of troops on the ground was the focus of the 16th annual WEST 2006 conference in San Diego last month.

  • The New Old Breed
    By Robert L. Goldich

    The father of an enlisted Marine modernizes John Thomason's classic Fix Bayonets!, illustrating that the essence of the Corps since World War I remains the same.

    The men who flew or sailed into the Persian Gulf and adjacent...

  • Future of Air Force Intelligence
    By Technical Sergeant Daniel P. Shibilski, U.S. Air Force

    Enlisted Essay Contest First Place Winner, Sponsored by a grant from Booz Allen Hamilton

    The Air Force has became enamored with near real-time intelligence, losing the big picture. Perhaps...

  • Sound Service
    By Airman First Class Amy L. Berger, U.S. Air Force

    Enlisted Essay Contest Second Place Winner, Sponsored by a grant from Booz Allen Hamilton

    Training—combined with talent—is honing the weapons of future battles-the ears....

  • "Now Hear This" (If You Can)
    By Scott C. Truver

    The United States got a wake-up call in late summer 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf of Mexico coast from Texas to Alabama. "The devastation was so complete, so comprehensive," Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander,...

  • Leadership Before the Mast
    By Lieutenant Nathan D. Luther, U.S. Coast Guard

    Third Prize Winner in the 2005 Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay Contest

    "Sail her full and by ... ready about ... helm's alee ... haul spanker boom amidships ...left full rudder...

  • Comfort's Casualty Care System Works
    By Captain Frederick Foote, MC, U.S. Navy

    The casualty care system on USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) works. That was the consensus of those returning from the hospital ship's 2003 deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where the ship successfully treated more than 360 battle...

  • Aids to Navigation Need Aid
    By Lieutenant Commander Michael Davanzo, U.S. Coast Guard and Lieutenant Dom Bee, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    As the Coast Guard continues its transformation to meet the challenges of a post-9/11 world, one of its traditional missions, aids to navigation (AtoN), is being overlooked. Unglamorous, the AtoN mission appears unable to find a niche in its new...

  • Bring Navy Small Arms Training to the Next Level
    By Dustin Salomon

    The Navy's small arms training program has undergone vast improvement over the last five years. It must now start training beyond simply avoiding safety mishaps and begin pushing toward combat effectiveness. Important steps have been taken in...

  • Book Reviews

    War and Destiny

    James Kitfield. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2005. 386 pp. Bib. Index. $27.50.

    Reviewed by William Thomas

    As debate continues over the use of intelligence leading up to the war...

  • Naval Systems: Open Architecture Effort Expands
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems is reshaping its Open Architecture initiative as a broad Navy-wide enterprise that will redefine the design of warfare systems for surface combatants, submarines, aircraft, and command-...

  • World Naval Developments: British Shipbuilding Industry Foundering
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems

    British naval procurement developments may presage U.S. actions. Because the British military is so much smaller than that of the United States, the problems associated with, for example, limited production runs become prominent in Britain well...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    The Passing of a Heroes' Hero

    You couldn"t help but have a lump in your throat during Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence's funeral service, especially when Senator John McCain called his fellow Vietnam POWs forward to...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World

    In December 2005, Brazil commissioned the submarine Tikuná (S 34) into service. The submarine, a German Type 209 variant, is the fifth and final boat of this class to enter service with the...

  • Lest We Forget: "'Pete' Ellis"; VS-27
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    "Pete" Ellis

    Today, most of us tend to take for granted the impressive amphibious capability of the U.S. Marines. But it was not always so, and we have Earl Hancock Ellis—better known as "Pete"—to thank...

  • Charting Your Course: Christmas in Marrakech
    By Christopher Michel

    I have been sitting on the tarmac in Paris for the past five hours aboard United Airlines Flight 915. My Boeing 777 has been sequentially delayed by mechanical failures, a freak snowstorm, and de-icing issues. I am returning from spending...

  • From Our Archive: USS Cabot (CVL-28)

    USS Cabot (CVL-28), originally the USS Wilmington (CL-79), is shown after having her bottom repainted prior to reacti-vating the vessel. This photo and others are...

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