A view of damage sustained by the guided missile frigate USS STARK (FFG-31) when it was hit by two Iraqi-launched Exocet missile while on patrol in the Persian Gulf, 5/1/1987

Beware the Bean Counters

By Michael E. Picray
April 2006
In May 1987, two Iraqi Exocet missiles slammed into USS Stark (FFG-31). The crew's courage and unwillingness to give up their ship is a shining example for the rest of ...

Comment and Discussion

April 2006
"People, Product, and Performance: The Strengths of Shipbuilding"(See M. Toner, pp. 20-23, February 2006 and N. Matcheck, pp. 6-7, March 2006 Proceedings)Chief Engineering Officer Nelson M. Sherwood, Jr., U.S. Merchant ...

Nobody Asked Me, But...We Need Walter Reed

By Colonel John R. Pierce, U.S. Army (Retired), M.D.
April 2006
Who is bearing the brunt of current casualities and who will bear the brunt in the future? Clearly the Army. No one can challenge the United States on the seas ...

Mighty Life-Saving Packages

By Robert Little
April 2006
One of the most heralded innovations of modern military medicine—hemostatic dressings designed to stop the kind of bleeding that has killed combatants for centuries—has also created an inter-service rivalry, with ...

War's Bloody Silver Lining

By Captain Gerard R. Cox, MC, U.S. Navy and Captain Trueman Sharp, MC, U.S. Navy
April 2006
On 23 March 2003, Hospitalman Apprentice Luis E. Fonseca Jr. was traveling with an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) platoon from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, whose mission was ...

Fighting for Recognition

By Commander John B. McDermott, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) and Lieutenant Commander Sean Carrol!, U.S. Coast Guard
April 2006
The Coast Guard Academy employed traditional military strategies in their quest to become the smallest accredited undergraduate-only management program in the world.In the wake of hurricane Katrina. Americans saw ...

Why Leaders Need a Morality Check

By Ensign Mitchell Hall, U.S. Navy
April 2006
Third Prize Winner in the 2005 Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Essay ContestIf combat leaders have their moral compasses set before the fighting starts, they can prevent tragedies such as ...

Professional Notes

April 2006
Talent-Based Leadership in Military HealthcareLieutenant Commander Douglas E. Stephens, MSC, U.S. NavyIn August 2000, the senior medical officer and medical administration officer reported on board an aircraft carrier for ...

Book Reviews

April 2006
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam John A. Nagl, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005, 249 pp. $17.95.Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
April 2006
Iranian Bomb Near?In March the nuclear crisis involving Iran became more acute, as satellite photos showed what looked to be an excavation for a test shot. That made it ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
April 2006
On 28 December 2005, a third Russian-built Sovremenny-class destroyer was delivered to the Chinese PLA Navy. The destroyer, named Taizhou, was launched in April 2004 and is shown soon after ...

Lest We Forget: Wilson "Bud" Flagg; VP-31

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2006
Wilson "Bud" FlaggAs I stood respectfully at attention while the haunting notes of Taps carried on the wind, I knew something was very, very different. I had seen countless military ...

Naval Institute Foundation

April 2006
Nuclear Pioneer’s Oral History on TapVice Admiral Eugene P. “Dennis” Wilkinson is best known for his skillful execution of two historic assignments. In August 1953, he took command of the ...

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