Proceedings Magazine - November 2006 Vol. 132/11/1,245

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This year's annual Marine issue coincides with a number of events of major importance to the Corps. Perhaps most significant is the investiture of James T. Conway as the 34th Commandant.



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

    This year's annual Marine issue coincides with a number of events of major importance to the Corps. Perhaps most significant is the investiture of James T. Conway as the 34th Commandant.

    The general will be the first Commandant in the...

  • Comment and Discussion

    "The Failure of the All-Volunteer Force"

    (See J. Byron, p. 12, October 2006 Proceedings)

  • Another View
    by Ric Smith
  • Firing on the Up Roll: A Matter of Accountability
    By Harlan Ullman

    The nation just experienced a gut check in the global war on terrorism. The test came in the form of the verbal fistfight that took place in September over the treatment of enemy combatants. This battle was joined in large part over the Bush...

  • Jim Jones, A Lion in Winter
    By Robert Timberg

    General James L. Jones will close out a distinguished 40-year career as a Marine early next year, though the Jones family tradition of continuous service in the Corps going back nearly seven decades will remain intact. The general's son,...

  • Deep Leatherneck Immersion
    By Art Pine

    Like many veterans, former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jack C. Carroll has spent much of his life trying to push the memories of his war years to the back of his mind. Then, in October, the 85-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and...

  • A Spy Left Out in the Cold
    By Ronald J. Olive, Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Retired)

    In early June 1984, a bespectacled nearly thirty-year-old man with a dimpled chin, chubby cheeks, and wavy, receding hair left his modest apartment in Washington, D.C., and walked two blocks to the fashionable Hilton Hotel, spread across seven...

  • Movie Review: Flags of Our Fathers
    By Major General Fred E. Haynes, USMC (Ret.)

    I had the opportunity to preview Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort in Paramount Pictures' Screening Room here in Manhattan. It is truly a masterful work. The characters and story are part of my own life. The movie took me back 60...

  • Many Challenges, One Fleet
    By Eric Mills

    Virginia Beach, Va.—An array of daunting global security challenges, the steep costs of meeting such challenges, and the morphing role of the American Sailor were topics of lively debate at the 2006 Joint Warfare Atlantic Conference and...

  • Toward a New Grand Strategy in Iraq
    By Colonel Robert Tomlinson, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    It is difficult to quantify the problems that will arise from the ill-conceived American invasion of Iraq. Given the billions of dollars spent on the war, the continuing instability of the fledgling Iraqi government, and the growing casualties...

  • North Korea: The Case Against Preemption
    By Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (Retired)

    The repercussions of implementing preemption's Golden Rule-Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto You-should be carefully considered in light of Korea's physical and cultural geography.

  • Edson's Eagles: The Legacy of "Red Mike"
    By David J. Danelo

    The legendary Raider commander started a tradition that has touched some heavyweight Marines

    This month, in a ceremony filled with the pomp and circumstance befitting the office he is to assume, Lieutenant General James T. Conway...

  • Just Do It
    By Colonel Vincent J. Goulding Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Distributed Operations in the Marine Corps is a success story in the making. They are the essence of maneuver warfare, which is the Commandant's intent.

  • The Shifting Domain of War
    By Commander Mark Gorenflo, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Mark R. Hagerott, U.S. Navy

    Something is wrong. Old salts and old Soldiers can feel it in their bones. Things are getting worse, not better. Terrorists have struck successfully across the globe, paralyzing transportation systems (Mumbai, London), indirectly removing...

  • Naval Gazing: Look to the Marines
    By Nate Braden

    In the wake of 9/11 and the demise of the Soviet Union, the Navy is looking for a new sense of purpose. It could turn to its former junior partner, the Marine Corps, for guidance.

  • Making the Most of Failure
    By Christopher P. Michel

    On a dark night in the summer of 1908, the USS Decatur (DD-5) was silently pulling into Batangas Harbor in the Philippines. While making her approach, the Decatur ran aground on a mud bank and had to be rescued the next day by a local steamboat....

  • Marine Logistics…2015 Style
    By Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Barnes, U.S. Marine Corps

    Future Marine Corps warfighting excellence will rely on solid intelligence, effective communications, and an agile, responsive logistics capability that capitalizes on Corps-wide mobility enhancements.

  • The Past as Present
    By Major Christian Fitzpatrick, U.S. Marine Corps

    Some Americans cannot see through the human frailties of men such as "Pappy" Boyington to appreciate the sacrifices they made for our country. It is to the Marines' undying glory that they can and do see-and they honor and...

  • The Navy: Still Haze Grey Under the Desert Beige
    By Lieutenant Commander Scotch Perdue, JAGC, U.S. Navy

    Although large numbers of "Sand Sailors" are serving ashore to carry out ground missions, this former Marine believes the Navy's real mission remains on the water, whether blue, green, or brown.

    This one's my...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Performance Ashore Matters
    By Commander Thomas C. Disy, U.S. Navy

    The 1990s have been characterized as a transition period from the Cold War garrison era to a new era generally described as one of engagement. As with all shifts from one era to another, adjustments must be made to accommodate the driving force...

  • Book Reviews

    The Ghosts of Iwo Jima

    Robert S. Burrell. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2006. 280 pp. Illus. Maps. Index . $29.95.

    Reviewed by Thomas B. Allen

    Time and again during World War...

  • Professional Notes

    Crew Solo in the F/A-18D
    By Major Ivan Kanapathy, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Oceans: Nuclear-Powered Surface Ships Wave of the Future or a Wave Goodbye?
    By Don Walsh

    Between producer and user, about 98 percent of world-trade tonnage is carried by ships. This trade is growing at an accelerating rate, while at the same time fuel costs have been skyrocketing. Overall world demand for petroleum is rapidly...

  • U.S. Navy: Conventional Trident on Hold
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    Congress has denied major funding in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget for the Navy to develop and deploy non-nuclear Trident missiles in the fleet's ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). The program, small but increasingly controversial, is for...

  • World Naval Developments: An Independent Role for South Korea?
    By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

    In September the South Koreans announced that they had developed the Cheon Ryong cruise missile with a range of 500 kilometers. It was being deployed on land and would be deployed at sea in 2007 on board new submarines with air-independent...

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

    On 16 September 2006, two 90-meter Dutch-built corvettes were launched for the Indonesian Navy. The corvettes, Diponegoro (shown here) and Hasanuddin, will each have a full-load displacement of 1,700 tons, and once operational,...

  • Lest We Forget: Swede Vejtasa, VF-51 (Part 2)
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Swede Vejtasa


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