Proceedings Magazine - May 2006 Vol. 132/5/1,239

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In a departure for Proceedings, this month we feature reports on a nation, a region, and a continent that constitute potential...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    In a departure for Proceedings, this month we feature reports on a nation, a region, and a continent that constitute potential trouble spots...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Comment and Discussion

    "Some Real Homeland Security"

    (See H. Ullman, p. 10, April 2006 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Leaked War Plans to Saddam-Treason, Disinformation, or Hoax?
    By Harlan Ullman

    In mid-March 2006, Joint Forces Command released a remarkable study titled Iraqi Perspectives Project: A View of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Saddam's Senior Leadership. The 230-page report was a painstakingly well-researched analysis of the...

  • JFK's Algeria Warning Still Applies
    By Youssef Aboul-Enein

    Among the more memorable speeches given by the late President John F. Kennedy was one in which he attempted to give clarity to newly emerging independent states in Africa yearning for freedom. On 2 July 1957 then-Senator Kennedy challenged the...

  • Future Trouble Spots?

    As the war in Iraq enters its fourth year, U.S. military operations continue in Afghanistan, and Iran regularly rattles its nuclear saber, the United States runs the risk of overlooking trouble brewing in other parts of the world. With three...

  • The Bolivarian Revolution
    By Colonel Bruce A. Gandy, U.S. Marine Corps

    The focus on the back door of the United States should be wider ranging than illegal immigration. The banana republics are no more. In their stead is a burgeoning political power hidden beneath the cloak of 19th-century Latin...

  • Into Africa: A New Frontier in the War on Terror
    By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, USN

    Africa, long a haven and training ground for terrorists, has become a priority in the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Islamic Insurgency Run Amok
    By Jeff Moore

    Weekly assassinations. Monthly explosive detonations, ambushes, and raids. Radical Islamic propaganda. Terrified civilians. A government struggling to contain the situation. Iraq? Afghanistan? The southern Philippines? Try...

  • From Dusk to Dawn
    By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott, U.S. Navy

    The Navy of the future is already here. It only took one recent visit to a ship to drive the point home. As I walked along the pier, a second-class petty officer was busy handling lines. Drawing on my earlier experiences in the Navy, I quickly...

  • The Fleet: Low Profile Today, Vital Tomorrow
    By Rear Admiral W. J. Holland, USN (Ret.)

    First Prize—Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

  • Notable Naval Books of 2005
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    An old tradition has been resurrected. For many years, the Naval Review issue included a feature called Notable Naval Books. Together with a number of recognized authorities from outside the Naval Institute, the editors of the Naval Review...

  • Enhancing Asia-Pacific Sea Power
    By Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy

    The Asia-Pacific region poses a host of challenges to the United States. The Pacific Fleet meets these challenges on a daily basis.

    Asia-Pacific regional stability depends on the free and unrestricted flow of trade and commerce....

  • Reading the Signs of Threat Transformation
    By Nate Braden

    Second Prize-Arleigh Burke Essay Contest Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

    The event that inspired The Hunt for Red October—the 1975 mutiny on board the Soviet destroyer Storozhevoy—told us much about our...

  • Relevance: A Necessary Strategy
    By Commander Christopher R. Davis, U. S. Navy Reserve

    The United States needs a maritime strategy to guide the creation and application of its naval power. Sea Power 21's operational concepts maintain the U.S. Navy's post-World War II orientation on projecting power ashore, but are no...

  • An Integrated Battlespace: Riverine Warfare Conference Charts Navy’s New Course
    By Eric Mills

    A call to "build awareness from the blue water to the green water to the brown water" and for the Navy to heed the "three r's"—reorganize, recognize, and redistribute—highlighted the U.S. Naval Institute...

  • The U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver, with David Goodman

    Dramatic responses to humanitarian crises-on the far side of the world as well as at home-punctuated 2005 for the U.S. Navy, even as it continued to work through requirements to set Sea Power 21 in motion and carry out a broad array of missions...

  • U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)

    In his new battle history of the U.S. Marine Corps, James Warren describes modern-day Marines as American Spartans. The analogy to the ancient, scarletclad Greek warriors, renowned for their dedicated professionalism and austere way of life, is...

  • U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    In the history of the peacetime Coast Guard, one word will forever conjure up images and reflections of the men and women who responded to one of our nation's most horrific natural disasters .... Katrina. When that hurricane hit the Gulf of...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry Review
    By Dr. Shashi Kumar

    In 2004, the world's maritime community was euphoric with healthy market conditions prevailing in every related sector. It was the best year in decades, with all three major shipping markets-tanker, liner, and bulk-reaching concurrent highs...

  • Book Reviews

    Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

    Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor. New York: Pantheon Books, 2006. 603 pp. $27.95.

    Reviewed by Ernest B. "Pat"...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Good Writing Matters
    By Lieutenant (j.g.) Joel I. Holwitt, U.S. Navy Reserve

    In January 1777, writing to the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress, John Paul Jones summed up the qualities he believed essential to a naval officer: "None other than a gentleman, as well as a seaman both in theory and practice, is...

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

    Iran Exercises Coastal Defense

  • Oceans: See The World—Run Away to Sea
    By Don Walsh

    Here is a retirement idea—your own condominium on board a luxurious ship owned by its residents. It is The World, a 43,500-ton, $330 million, purpose-built vessel put into service in 2002. The house-at-sea concept is successful with 95% of...

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

    On 18 February 2006, S 101, the first German-built South African Type 209/1400 submarine, left Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel, sailing for Simon's Town, South Africa, where she will soon enter service with the Republic of...

  • Lest We Forget: Willis "Doc" Lee; VA-65
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Willis "Doc" Lee

    When World War II began, most theorists believed that battleships would be the decisive factors in the naval war.  But it would be the submarine and the aircraft carrier that would ultimately play the...

  • Charting Your Course: Quantity vs. Quality: The Cost of Heavy Reserve Mobilization
    By Christopher P. Michel

    Last month, I received an e-mail from a business school classmate updating me on his company, family, and Navy Reserve unit. He is the last remaining drilling reservist from my class and, despite loving the Navy, is seriously considering leaving...

  • From Our Archive: 1944 Marine on Unexploded Shell

    The caption accompanying this 4 July 1944 photograph released by the 4th Marine Division on Saipan states: "Using an unexploded 16-inch naval shell for a resting place, Marine Private First Class Raymond L. Hubert, shakes a three-day...

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