Proceedings Magazine - June 2006 Vol. 132/6/1,240

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We open this issue with what we intend to be an occasional feature that we're calling "Crossing Swords," a point/...



  • Midway Is Our Trafalgar
    By Commander Brian Fort, USN

    It's time for the U.S. Navy and all Americans to give the Battle of Midway its due. Frozen in time in this image, "Pawn Takes Castle," is the crushing blow on 4 June 1942 that sent the Japanese carrier...

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  • Editor's Page
    Robert Timberg

    We open this issue with what we intend to be an occasional feature that we're calling "Crossing Swords," a point/counterpoint discussion of a national issue or an...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Fleet: Low Profile Today, Vital Tomorrow"

    (See W. Holland, pp. 52-57, May 2006 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: A Brown-Water Revolution?
    By Harlan Ullman

    Forty years ago, I was serving in the waters of Vietnam as a Swift Boat skipper. Morale was sky high. Most of us, wrongly, thought we were invincible. We were not. While most of our service was uneventful, the occasional dust up with the other...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Magic of Compounding
    By Commander Michael Collins, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    Military recruiting traditionally has relied on two things-personal recruiting and inducements. The best recruiters were family and friends who had served. And the best inducement has always been education. But, because of downsizing in the 1990s...

  • The New Meaning of War
    By Captain James F. Kelly, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The new film United 93 caused many of us to reflect on where we were when Islamic terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and flew two of them into the World Trade Center's twin towers and a third into the Pentagon while the fourth...

  • Crossing Swords: "The Generals' Revolt"
    By Major General John M. Riggs, USA (Ret.), and Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN (Ret.)

    "If it is not appropriate for retired flag officers to speak out, then who?"

    Major General John M. Riggs, U.S. Army (Retired)

    Don't confuse having the right to do something with...

  • Around the Horn
    By David J. Danelo

    Sidebar: We Build, We Fight
    Sidebar: Recommended Reading

    The United States has had a task force stationed on the Horn of Africa for nearly four years. What...

  • A New Role for the Trident Fleet
    By Captain Terry Benedict, U. S. Navy

    The U.S. Navy's strategic submarines such as USS Alaska (SSBN-732) have patrolled the world's international waters for nearly half a century. Now they have been slated for an...

  • In the Dark and Out In the Cold
    By Lieutenant Magda Hanna, USN

    Depleted Arctic ice, evident in satellite images from 1979 (left) and 2005 (right), is opening lanes for shipping in the Arctic Ocean. The United States ignores this development at its peril.

  • Polaris: A True Revolution
    By Norman Polmar

    The Polaris missile program was complex, its technologies new and unproven, and its basic concept—launching missiles from beneath the ocean surface—was radical. Yet its missiles and systems went to sea ahead of schedule and proved...

  • No Glass Jaw
    By Captain Robert P. Girrier, U.S. Navy

    By teaming with other sea service communities and navies of allied nations, sailors such as Sonar Technician Third Class Jeff Mercliffe, listening in the western Pacific on board USS Shoup (DDG-86) in April, are building an acoustic...

  • The Peril of Power: Navigating the Natural Gas Infrastructure
    By Craig Hooper

    The legacy of 1980s liquefied natural gas fear-mongering still exists. However, in the absence of hard factual evidence spin doctors on both sides have the floor. What does this mean for Navy interests and national security?

  • Masters of None
    By David Axe

    As Marine aviators diversify, the forward air control-airborne mission risks becoming just one of too many tasks they must perform.

  • Jutland: A Battle in One Dimension
    By Paul Halpern

    The May 1916 clash of battle fleets at Jutland during World War I proved that the best laid pre-war plans often come to naught in the fog of war.

  • Professional Notes

    2 For 4 in 2012: The Virginia-Class Road Ahead
    By Rear Admiral William Hilarides, U.S. Navy

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Book Reviews

    Boys of '67: From Vietnam to Iraq, The Extraordinary Story of a Few Good Men

    Charles Jones. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006. 416 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel Jon T. Hoffman...

  • Other Navies: Strike From the Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    Three navies other than the U.S. Navy currently operate and deploy nuclearpropelled ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs)—Britain, France, and Russia.

    The Royal Navy has four Vanguard-class SSBNs, completed between 1993 and 1999. The...

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

    Iran: Capabilities vs. Intentions

  • Naval Systems: Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Rockets Forward
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy's ballistic-missile defense (BMD) program office, the Missile Defense Agency, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are working toward a critical test launch in mid-summer that will prove the capability of the newest ballistic-missile...

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

    During April 2006, Navantia (formerly Izar) of Spain received an initial down payment from Venezuela to begin construction of four new offshore patrol vessels for the oil-rich South American nation. The Navantia-released line drawing shows the...

  • Lest We Forget: Fire and Sword; VC-10
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Fire and Sword

    On 24 October 1776, the Continental Congress issued secret orders to Lambert Wickes, captain of Reprisal, a ship-rigged vessel of 18 six-pound carriage guns and a crew of 130. He was...

  • Charting Your Course: Semper Paratus
    By Christopher P. Michel

    "Hold on!" yelled the third-class just as our Zodiac OTH (Over The Horizon) boat crossed the ship's wake at 43 knots, sending us airborne for a brief, but terrifying, second. This was my first day on board USCGC Morgenthau...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Tawani Foundation Renews Oral History Support

    The Tawani Foundation of Chicago has extended its partnership with the Naval Institute, pledging to help underwrite the general operating expenses of the oral history program for the...

  • From Our Archive: Regulus I on board USS Hancock

    Years before the Polaris missile went to sea (See "Polaris," page 30), the Navy had the Regulus, what would today be described as a cruise missile. The aircraft-sized Regulus I was first deployed in 1955 in the Pacific on board the...

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