Proceedings Magazine - October 2006 Vol. 132/10/1,244

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  • Misnaming Aircraft Carriers
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Congressional legislation is pending as this column went to press that could force the Navy to name the next nuclear aircraft carrier, the CVN-78, for former...

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

    ctober 13 is the birthday of our Navy. On that date in 1775, in Philadelphia, a small group within the Continental Congress, led by John Adams, persuaded fellow legislators to arm and outfit two ships to intercept British vessels carrying...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "A Civil War in the Military"

    (See M. Cancian, pp. 48-52, September 2006 Proceedings)

    Commander Jeffrey B, Barta, U.S. Navy-Colonel Cancian wrote an excellent overview of the issues facing today's military. He poses...

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: The 1,000-Ship Navy—Turning a Slogan into a Strategy
    By Harman Ullman

    The "1,000-ship navy" took a step closer to reality in mid-August when Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen briefed President Bush on the concept. The keel had been laid a year earlier at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode...

  • Allen Versus Webb: Referendum on the War?
    By Paul West

    When Virginia voters go to the polls in November, their choice between incumbent Senator George Allen and former Secretary of the Navy James Webb could send shock waves through Congress and the White House.


  • "The Means of Knowledge" The Navy's New Professional Reading Program
    By Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy

    It is time for the Navy to take professional reading to a new level. John Adams, a founding father instrumental in the creation of our service, once challenged his fellow patriots to do just that—to "read and to think in order to...

  • Military Justice?
    By Lieutenant Colonel Gary Solis, USMC (Ret.)

    Something odd is happening in courts-martial involving allegations of detainee abuse by American Soldiers and Marines. One takes no pleasure in noting that courts-martial in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to be acquitting individuals with unusual...

  • For Those Who Dare
    By Fred L. Schultz

    The U.S. Naval Institute: Who we are, what we do, and why we matter.

    What professional organization held its inaugural meeting the year before the first Kentucky Derby and has been in existence longer than the American Bar Association?...

  • Soft Power at Sea: Zheng He and Chinese Maritime Strategy
    By James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara

    The 15th-century voyages of the Chinese explorer Zheng He can tell us much about China's intentions in Asia.

  • The Technological Perfect Storm
    By Robert Kavetsky and Midshipman Christopher J. R. McCook, USN

    Technology has been American warfighters' trump card for decades. But today's technology is irrevokably linked to yesterday's research and development. Will tomorrow's military have that card to play in the...

  • My Messages to the Navy
    By Trent Ward


  • Movie Review: The Guardian
    By Dave Danelo

    Limelight for the Coast Guard

    We all know the drill. Directors, actors, and screenwriters go to "boot camps," interview experts, and coordinate their celluloid efforts with...

  • The Failure of the All-Volunteer Force
    By Captain John Byron, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    What's wrong with the All-Volunteer Force (AVF)? Perhaps nothing...until Iraq. Three decades old, the AVF arguably worked, carrying us post-Vietnam through the Cold War, the minor conflicts of the 1990s, and into Afghanistan. For peacetime-...

  • Achieving the Right Mix
    By Admiral Robert J. Natter, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Admiral Donald Pilling, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As debate swirls around the need for the DDG-1000 and CG(X) and the future size of the Fleet, we should not overlook a cheaper, more practical option: extending the service lives of our Aegis cruisers and destroyers.

  • Cutting China’s "String of Pearls"
    By Major Lawrence Spinetta, U.S. Air Force

    History teaches that land-based aircraft such as these U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, can control the littorals and help counter China's maritime strategy.

  • The Balkanization of Iraq
    By Captain Joseph F. Bouchard, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Cut-and-run? Stay the course? Perhaps Iraq's future lies in its division. The author explores the implications of such a policy.

  • Time for Navy Air to Join Special Operations
    By Lieutenant Commander Erik W. Ostrom, U.S. Navy

    As important as it is in today's warfighting, the Navy doesn't have much of a footprint in special operations. An aviation component could change that.

  • An All-Hands Fight: Forum Explores Challenges of the Long War
    By Eric Mills

    It has been tough to settle on a definitive name for this war America is fighting, but deciding what to call it is a minor concern. Half a decade into it now, how goes the war? Opinions ran the gamut from unreservedly pessimistic to cautiously...

  • Explaining the War (in Two Minutes or Less)
    By Colonel Kenneth Allard, U.S. Army (Retired)

    Warheads: Cable News and the Fog of War, a new book from the Naval Institute Press, provides a hard-hitting and sometimes hilarious look at television military analysts as they attempt to cover events such as 9/11 and the war in Iraq in two-...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...We Must Transform Leadership, Too
    By Lieutenant Commander Doug Stephens, MSC, U.S. Navy

    "The relationship between officers and enlisted men should in no sense be that of superior and inferior."

    -Lieutenant General John A. Lejuene, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Professional Notes

    COTS: We Can't Afford to Do It Any Other Way

    By Captain Gibson Kerr, U.S. Navy

  • Book Reviews

    DEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Norman Polmar and John D. Gresham. Foreword by Tom Clancy. New York: John Wiley, 2006. 303 pp. Illus. Appens. Notes. Bib. $27.95.


  • Naval Systems: New Mine Detection System Set for the Fleet
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy is pushing ahead with low-rate initial production of the AQS-20A minehunting sonar system for operations from the new MH-60S Knighthawk multi-mission helicopter and the WLD-1 remote minehunting system (RMS)-both of which will fill key...

  • Die Kriegsmarine: No Mystery in the Depths
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Carrier raystery may be solved" declared several newspapers after the Polish Navy located the remains of a large ship on the sea floor this summer.1 Underwater photography did indeed show the relatively intact Graf Zeppelin, the...

  • World Naval Developments: Network-Centric Warfare in the Middle East
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    For the United States, the most important issues raised by the war between Israel and Hezbollah concern the way force transformation and network-centric warfare will work. Most accounts of both are highly theoretical. Only actual examples can...

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

    The Australian Navy's Appleleaf-class underway-replenishment oiler HMAS Westralia, shown here earlier this year, returned from her last overseas deployment in April 2006 and was decommissioned in...

  • Lest We Forget: Homefront, VF-51 (Part 1)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    While still a young girl, Doris Biorseth left South Dakota in the summer of 1941 and headed west, settling in Washington, where, for a time, she worked in a boarding house making beds. When the opportunity came along, she took...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Admiral Dennis Wilkinson's History Is Now Available

    Support from a number of admirers has enabled the Naval Institute to complete Vice Admiral Eugene P. "Dennis" Wilkinson's oral history. Admiral Wilkinson is...

  • Charting Your Course: Hallmarks of Enlightened Leadership
    By Christopher P. Michel

    Did you ever meet a very senior officer who seemed both approachable and genuinely interested in you? How did it make you feel? If you are like me, probably great. In that simple moment of truth, that person gained your respect and admiration....

  • From Our Archive: Chinese Junk in 1969

    The classic Western view of China's historical merchant fleet generally resembles this junk, contrasted with the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1969. As archaeologists reveal...

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