Proceedings Magazine - July 2006 Vol. 132/7/1,241

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The debut in June of "Crossing Swords" as an occasional point/counterpoint feature drew quite a hit of mail. The exchange about the so-called "generals' revolt" clearly...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    The debut in June of "Crossing Swords" as an occasional point/counterpoint feature drew quite a hit of mail. The exchange about the so-called "generals' revolt" clearly struck a chord with readers. Many also reacted...

  • The CNO Calls for a New Maritime Strategy
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan M. Greeley Jr., U.S Marine Corps (Retired)

    "I think adapting not just to change, but the speed of change, is critical," says Admiral Mike Mullen.

    The Chief of Naval Operations says it's time the Navy came up with a fresh maritime strategy to confront new threats and...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Crossing Swords: 'The Generals' Revolt'"

    (See J. Riggs and U. Worthington, pp. 14-17, June 2006 Proceedings)

    Brigadier General John R. Scales, U.S. Army (Retired)-Thanks for publishing contrasting articles on...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: Turning Mahan On His Head
    By Harlan Ullman

    Our naval leadership faces a perplexing dilemma put in the form of two questions. In waging the war against global extremism, U.S. forces must confront terrorists who have no army, navy, marine corps, or air force. Obviously, special forces and...

  • Striking the Balance
    By Captain Brian Hayes, U.S. Army Reserve

    Accidents happen. This is us true with respect to homeland security as it is in the rest of life. The December 2005 shooting of an airline passenger with bipolar disorder by federal air marshals should dispel any residual doubt on this point....

  • Aircraft Carriers Are on Their Way Out
    By Admiral Stansfield Turner, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A former CIA Director Says Technology May Make Them "Superfluous"

  • American Military Performance in Iraq
    By F. J. Bing West

    A veteran combat Marine and journalist takes a hard look at U.S. efforts in Iraq since the battlefield victory of 2003.

    It has become commonplace to blame the neoconservatives in the Bush administration for the confusion and...

  • The LCS: Built to Fight
    By Lieutenant Justin Harts, U. S. Navy

    Will a big-ship, risk-averse mentality sink the LCS before it even enters Fleet service?

  • Terror Threats at Water's Edge
    By Eric Mills

    In June, the United States Naval Institute hosted the Homeland Port Security Conference, highlighted by a hypothetical situation and reality check.

  • Mission Improbable: A U.S. Navy Charm Offensive in West Africa
    By Captain Mike Budney, USN

    The USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) is making friends for the United States among the Gulf of Guinea nations.

  • Mine Warfare Confronts an Uncertain Future
    By Captain Robert O'Donnell, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Scott C. Truver

    A merger in the works involving two warfare communities could dilute the nation's defense against naval mines.

  • India-U.S. Naval Exercises Bearing Fruit
    By Mrityunjoy Mazumdar and Rupak Chattopadhyay

    Naval exercises between India and the United States—most recently Malabar-05 last fall—have not only grown more and more sophisticated, but they have become a tool for diplomacy, as well.

  • Naval Quarantine: Impervious to Epidemics of Virulent Disease
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Luke, MC, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant Commander Timothy Halenkamp, MC, U.S. Navy; Captain Edward Kilbane, MC, U.S. Navy

    "The worst place to have an epidemic, like a fire, is in close quarters far from help, such as a ship on the high seas. . . . During an epidemic, democracy can be a very dangerous form of Government; the need is for a strong Central...

  • Containment or Engagement? A Pandemic Response
    By Scott C. Buchanan and Manny L. Wilson

    International concern about the possibility of a pandemic caused by the Avian Influenza A virus has prompted world-wide government action. There are two approaches to stemming an epidemic. How should the U.S. government proceed?

  • DD(X) and the (New) Real World
    By Ensign Andre M. Agraviador, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    Balancing the needs of the traditional blue-water Navy with those of an increasingly significant brown-water presence...

  • America at a Crossroads: 60 Years Later
    By James P. Delgado

    The atomic bomb tests six decades agothe second of which, Baker, artist Charles Bittinger caught on canvasstill offer lessons for today.

    In July 1946, the United States conducted the world's first nuclear weapons tests. In the...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Leadership and the Private's Agenda
    By Corporal Michael K. Adams, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marine Corps loses the talent of innovative and capable Marines because of the poor leadership they experience during their first four years. After their first contract they're gone and are never coming back. It is not because they shun...

  • Book Reviews
    Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq

    David J. Danelo. Mechanicsburg. PA: Stackpole Books. 2006. 335 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired...

  • Professional Notes

    Don't Bend the Metal!
    By Captain Michael D. Freeman, U.S. Navy

    Naval Station Pearl Harbor is an excellent training ground for shiphandling. The officers on our destroyers have become proficient at maneuvering...

  • From Our Archive

    A Navy Curtiss HS-2L flying boat flies past the four-year-old USS New York (BB-34), c. 1918. The fifth New York-laid down in Brooklyn on 9111 in 1911-was one of the target ships during the Bikini Atoll atomic tests (See "America at a...

  • LeAnn Bauer: Farewell to a Talented, Joyful, and Beloved Colleague
    By Mac Greeley

    Farewell to a Talented, Joyful, and Beloved Colleague

    The Naval Institute has lost an original. LeAnn Bauer, who served the members for 35 years, died on 14 May. She was the art director for Proceedings and Naval...

  • Oceans: Where is the U.S. National Ocean Policy?
    By Don Walsh

    In 2001, the presidentially appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, energetically led by former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral James D. Watkins, embarked on an intensive schedule of hearings, soliciting written input and holding public...

  • U.S. Navy: Perverting the System
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The first ship of the long-gestation, highly controversial DD(X) program has been named Zumwalt, and will have the hull number DDG-1000.

  • World Naval Developments: China Working on Antiship Ballistic Missiles
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    Since the mid 1990s reports have indicated Chinese interest in modifying DF-15 tactical (600 kilometer) and DF-21 (2,500 kilometer) intermediate-range ballistic missiles as antiship weapons, using radar or infra-red (IR) guidance. Efforts in this...

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

    Malaysia's Meko-100 class patrol craft program has been ongoing since the late 1990s when a consortium of Blohni + Voss, Howakltswerke Deutsche Wert't (HDW), Thyssen Rheinslahl Technik, and Ferrostaal was selected to build a program...

  • Lest We Forget: John Henry Balch; VF-74
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    John Henry Balch

    World War I appropriately enough conjures up images of soldiers in trenches, gas attacks, relentless shelling, and machine gun slaughters. One does not usually picture an American Sailor in the midstof...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Call for Support for Frank Kelso's Oral History

    Several years ago, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Frank B. Kelso II discussed his life and career with historian Paul Stillwell during a series of interviews...

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