Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg
August 2006
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 ...

Comment and Discussion

August 2006
“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 ...

America's National Fleet: A Coast Guard-Navy Imperative

By Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard, and Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy
August 2006
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.As our nation fights the ...

The Three Rs: A New Course for an Old Coast Guard

By Lieutenant (junior grade) Charles M. West, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2006
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 ...

Hamilton’s Enduring Mission

By Lieutenant Commander Matt White, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2006
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, ...

Focus on Purple

By Lieutenant Commander David L Teska, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
August 2006
Given its growing multi-mission requirements, the Coast Guard must prepare officers better to perform in more and more "purple" joint operations.The U.S. Coast Guard does not normally come to ...

Twilight of a National Capability

By Commander Neil E. Meister, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2006
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 ...

Too Little, Too Late?

By Thomas E. Ricks
August 2006
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 ...

Where Have All the Shiphandlers Gone?

By Captain Stuart Landersman, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2006
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 ...

We've Got to Take the Whole Crew!

By Captain Mike Lambert, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2006
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 ...

Professional Notes

August 2006
The Coast Guard Has Validated the Role of the Operational CommanderBy Joe DiRenzo III and Chris DoaneHurricane Katrina will undoubtedly become one of the most discussed and analyzed disaster ...

From Our Archive

August 2006
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 ...

Book Reviews

August 2006
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 EisenhowerNew York University Professor ...

U.S. Navy: Fast, Flexible . . . Futuristic?

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
August 2006
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 ...

World Naval Developments: The Case for Pre-Emption

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
August 2006
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 ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
August 2006
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 ...

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)
August 2006
History Repeats ItselfIn 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 ...

Naval Institute Foundation

August 2006
Call for Support for Wesley Brown's Oral HistoryWesley A. Brown entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, exactly 100 years after the school was founded. During that century, five ...

Charting Your Course: CIA: Beyond a New Career

By Christopher P. Michel
August 2006
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 ...