Proceedings Magazine - September 2006 Vol. 132/9/1,243

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Five years ago, as we are constantly reminded, the world changed. Al Qaeda operatives, employing hijacked passenger airliners as guided missiles, destroyed the World Trade Center and ploughed into...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    Five years ago, as we are constantly reminded, the world changed. Al Qaeda operatives, employing hijacked passenger airliners as guided missiles, destroyed the World Trade Center and ploughed into the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "Where Have All the Shiphandlers Gone?"

    (See S. Landersman, pp. 54-58, August 2006 Proceedings)

    Commander John K. Hafner, U.S. Navy Reserve-Kudos to Captain Landersman. His article was right on the mark. The Navy's...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: The Road to Riga: Twists, Turns, and Dangers
    By Harlan Ullman

    The "Road to Riga" sounds more like an old Bob Hope-Bing Crosby escapade or the latest marketing slogan for a trip to the Baltic. In fact, this road marks the path to the next biannual meeting of the 26 heads of the nations comprising...

  • Women CAN Fight
    By Sharon Disher

    On 6 July 1976, for the first time in the history of the U.S. Naval Academy, 81 female plebes were sworn in as midshipmen alongside 1,217 male classmates. Thirty years later, on 28 June 2006, 273 young women were inducted along with 945 male...

  • Attack on the Pentagon
    Photography by Greg E. Mathieson

    A news photographer at the Pentagon on 9/11 takes us back to that fateful morning with dramatic, never-before-published photos from the scene.

  • Five Years Later: Are We Any Safer?
    By John Lehman

    Timeline: Major Islamic Extremist Attacks

    A former secretary of the Navy and member of the 9/11 Commission identifies the real enemy in the current war and assesses progress.

  • Does DD(X) Have a Future?
    By Art Pine

    The Navy's high-tech ship of tomorrow may have priced itself out of the Fleet.

    In the mid-1990s, the Navy announced plans to build a new guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in the shallow...

  • CVN=Indispensable National Asset
    By Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.)

    In the past five years there has been a remarkable upturn in the operational capabilities of the carrier force in the U.S. Navy. Contrary to the opinions expressed by Admiral Stansfield Turner in the July issue of Proceedings, I believe...

  • Misnaming Aircraft Carriers
    by Norman Polmar
  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Beat Army—But Only When It Plays Navy
    By Lieutenant Colonel Ray Madonna, USMC (Ret.)

    Having graduated from the Naval Academy 44 years ago I have seen a number of Academy traditions live on in the Brigade while others have been consigned to the dustbin of history. One tradition that seems to have gone the way of June Week (we now...

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

    In late June 2006, the mine countermeasures vessels Weiden and Frankenthal were decommissioned from the German fleet and transferred to the United Arab Emirates....

  • The Last Catfight
    By Tony Holmes

    The venerable F-14 Tomcat ends three decades of Fleet service this month. But it went out fighting on its last combat deployment in 2005-06.

  • The "Soviet" Air Threat of 2006
    By Ensign Kilton Kingsman, U.S. Navy

    The Soviet Union may be a relic of the past but its aircraft are not. Many of them are still out there, some operated by new friends, others by potential adversaries.

  • Commitment to Mission Execution
    By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles W Bowen, USCG

    The new Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard outlines the Commandant's guiding vision for the service.

    It was an honor to be chosen by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen to serve as the tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of...

  • A Civil War in the Military
    By Colonel Mark E Cancian, USMCR (Retired)

    Three schools of thought have emerged from the recent Revolt of the Generals. The one that wins out will shape the future of the military long after the current administration is gone.

  • Toward a More Perfect Union
    By Captain Bryan Blair, U.S. Army

    The Army and the Marine Corps need to be more operationally flexible-in both equipment and weapon acquisition and training-so their soldiers and Marines fit together as easily as Lego® blocks.

  • The Containerized Logistics Imperative
    By Lieutenant Douglas Tastad, USNR

    Joint warfighting has evolved rapidly in the last decade from deconfliction to seamless interoperation; however, joint logistics lags behind. One of the most crucial lessons gleaned from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is that, decades after the...

  • Transformation Ballyhoo
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force

    New and expensive technology such as the F-35, DD(X), and the expeditionary fighting vehicle is not enough to achieve transformation. Like war, transformation must be an "affair of the intellect."

  • Irregulars: A Natural Hedge
    By Captain Roger Lee Grassland, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)

    By whatever measure, manpower is a critical factor in military success. To protect itself and the success of its mission, the Navy must increase its reliance on the irregulars-its reserves-during this period of declining force strength....

  • Book Reviews

    Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    Thomas E. Ricks. New York: The Penguin Press, 2006. 416 pp. Maps. Illus. Notes. Index. $27.95.

    Reviewed by Robert Little

    Saddam Hussein liked to think...

  • Oceans: Oil on Troubled Waters
    By Don Walsh

    It is great theater. A huge tanker is fetched up on the rocks, a spreading oil slick oozing from her hull. Or perhaps it is a flaming offshore platform spewing huge quantities of crude into the sea. Add images of cuddly creatures covered in oil,...

  • U.S. Navy: Hezbollah Attack: Lessons for the LCS?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The recent Hezbollah missile attack on an Israeli Navy corvette may have lessons for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program.1 The ship was struck on 21 July 2006, during military operations against Hezbollah forces in...

  • World Naval Developments: Artillery Rockets Take Center Stage
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    The war between Israel and Hezbollah has highlighted an often-neglected weapon, the artillery rocket. Many armies use rockets to lay down large volumes of fire quickly without investing in massive artillery forces. The key is that rockets require...

  • Lest We Forget: Amazing Grace, VAH-8
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Amazing Grace

    As a young girl Grace Brewster Murray had an unusually inquisitive mind. One day, when she was seven years old, she disassembled an alarm clock to see how it worked. Unable to get it back together, she got another and took...

  • Charting Your Course: The Veteran Entrepreneur
    By Christopher P. Michel

    "If you're going to be thinking, you may as well think big."-Donald Trump

    Entrepreneurship—I'm not sure I had ever heard the term when I was on active duty, yet it changed my life and the lives of countless other...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Call for Support for Admiral Bernard Forbes' Oral History

  • From Our Archive: XF10F-1 Jaguar

    The retiring F-14 Tomcat wasn’t the only swinging cat to emerge from the vaunted Grumman Ironworks. In May 1952, nearly two decades before the Tomcat’s first flight, famed test pilot Corwin H. "Corky" Meyer put the XF10F-1...

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