Proceedings Magazine - August 2006 Vol. 132/8/1,242

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We are most pleased this month to publish an article that is the product of an unusual if not unprecedented collaboration between the leaders of two of the nation's armed forces. Chief of...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg

    We are most pleased this month to publish an article that is the product of an unusual if not unprecedented collaboration between the leaders of two of the nation's armed forces. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen and newly...

  • Message from the CEO: Letter to Members #1-06 Information Technology Update

    Fellow Members of the Naval Institute:

  • Comment and Discussion

    “Aircraft Carriers Are on Their Way Out”

    (See S. Turner, pp. 16-18, July 2006 Proceedings)

    Captain Michael T. Fuqua, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Admiral Turner has a long and distinguished record as a...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: Can We Fix a Broken System?
    By Harlan Ullman

    For most of our history, the American military has drawn on the strengths of our society for its sustenance. Today, the situation has reversed itself. Bluntly put, government is badly broken, incapable at present of addressing even simple...

  • What Happened to Our 99 Shipmates in the USS Scorpion?
    By John G. B. Howland

    It was a miserable day, but the crowd was still giddy with expectation. Unfortunately. 27 May 1968 became one of the most heartrending days in modern U.S. naval history.

    The sub piers in Norfolk were buffeted with a gusty, all-day rain....

  • America's National Fleet: A Coast Guard-Navy Imperative
    By Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard, and Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy

    The new Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Chief of Naval Operations share their thoughts on the future of the enduring Coast Guard-Navy relationship.

  • The Three Rs: A New Course for an Old Coast Guard
    By Lieutenant (junior grade) Charles M. West, U.S. Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard-known for generations as a service stretched too thin-is at a crossroads. The Integrated Deepwater System (the service's long-term acquisition program to build an entirely new Heel of ships and aircraft) is inching...

  • Hamilton’s Enduring Mission
    By Lieutenant Commander Matt White, U.S. Coast Guard

    If the U.S. Coast Guard is to continue the service Alexander Hamilton envisioned, it needs to bolster its mission performance by initiating its own maritime strategy, integrating its total force, and making decisions based on preeminent...

  • Focus on Purple
    By Lieutenant Commander David L Teska, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    Given its growing multi-mission requirements, the Coast Guard must prepare officers better to perform in more and more "purple" joint operations.

  • Twilight of a National Capability
    By Commander Neil E. Meister, U.S. Coast Guard

    An old icebreaker hand laments the Coast Guard's neglect of its polar icebreaker fleet-including the USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) in February 2006-and sounds an alarm that turning its back on this capability could be a huge mistake.

  • They Still Look Okay to Me
    by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert J. Dickinson, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
  • Too Little, Too Late?
    By Thomas E. Ricks

    In this excerpt from his new book Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, veteran military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks profiles a leader and his unit who learned and applied the hard lessons of counterinsurgency.


  • Where Have All the Shiphandlers Gone?
    By Captain Stuart Landersman, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Few U.S. Navy officers today are capable mariners. The continued neglect of shiphandling skills means that in the future Navy ships such as the USS & Bulkeley (DDG-84) may have to be driven by qualified civilians.

  • We've Got to Take the Whole Crew!
    By Captain Mike Lambert, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Our class, designated 82003, reported to the Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport. Rhode Island, in early February 1982 for 16 weeks of training before being commissioned as ensigns in June. It was a group of mixed potential—perhaps...

  • Modern Relevance of the Defence of Duffer's Drift
    By Second Lieutenant Braden Merritt, U.S. Marine Corps

    "It was our own fault, and our very grave fault, and now we must turn it to use, We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse!"1

    -Rudyard Kipling

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Double the Coast Guard Reserve
    By Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    The size of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve should be doubled from today's end strength of 8,100 to 16,200 Coast Guardsmen. Established on 19 February 1941. the Coast Guard Reserve reached its post-World War H peak of 17,815 members in 1969....

  • Professional Notes

    The Coast Guard Has Validated the Role of the Operational Commander

    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

  • From Our Archive

    As an emergency measure during the early days of World War II, the Coast Guard acquired more than 2,000 private pleasure craft mostly manned by reservists. From August 1942 through April 1943 the average number of such vessels in commission was...

  • Book Reviews

    A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History

    Thomas Bender. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. 384 pp. Notes. Index. $26.

    Reviewed by Susan Eisenhower

  • Naval Systems: Superfast Engine Tests: Boon for the Fleet?
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Office of Naval Research and the Defense Applied Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in October will complete static ground testing of a technology demonstrator hypersonic missile, designated HyFly. that will travel at six limes the speed of...

  • U.S. Navy: Fast, Flexible . . . Futuristic?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Of the several advanced hull forms being evaluated for future naval platforms, one of the most unusual is the craft named Stiletto. The unusual aspects of the Stiletto include the origins of her design, the craft's sponsorship, her...

  • World Naval Developments: The Case for Pre-Emption
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    In June the FBI arrested seven young Americans for plotting to blow up various landmarks, including the Sears Tower in Chicago, as part of the ongoing terrorist war against this country. The operation illuminated the nature of the war we are...

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

    During June 2006, the patrol and support vessel Pelikaan entered service with the Royal Netherlands Navy. Designed to serve as support ship in the Netherlands Antilles, the Pelikaan was built at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania, and replaces an...

  • Lest We Forget: History Repeats Itself; HS-12
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    History Repeats Itself

    In the lobby of the headquarters of the U.S. Naval Institute is an odd-looking apparatus that resembles the control wheel of an airplane. A trained eye might be able to identify it, but it is unlikely that anyone...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Call for Support for Wesley Brown's Oral History

    Wesley A. Brown entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, exactly 100 years after the school was founded. During that century, five African Americans had become midshipmen...

  • Charting Your Course: CIA: Beyond a New Career
    By Christopher P. Michel

    If you enjoyed my last column on black ops, perhaps you're up for something with a bit more commitment—a full-time career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Like many post-military career options, few consider leveraging their...

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