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By Robert Timberg
July 2006
The debut in June of "Crossing Swords" as an occasional point/counterpoint feature drew quite a hit of mail. The exchange about the so-called "generals' revolt" clearly struck a chord with ...

The CNO Calls for a New Maritime Strategy

By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan M. Greeley Jr., U.S Marine Corps (Retired)
July 2006
"I think adapting not just to change, but the speed of change, is critical," says Admiral Mike Mullen. The Chief of Naval Operations says it's time the Navy came up ...

Comment and Discussion

July 2006
"Crossing Swords: 'The Generals' Revolt'" (See J. Riggs and U. Worthington, pp. 14-17, June 2006 Proceedings) Brigadier General John R. Scales, U.S. Army (Retired)-Thanks for publishing contrasting articles on "The ...

Striking the Balance

By Captain Brian Hayes, U.S. Army Reserve
July 2006
Accidents happen. This is us true with respect to homeland security as it is in the rest of life. The December 2005 shooting of an airline passenger with bipolar disorder ...

Aircraft Carriers Are on Their Way Out

By Admiral Stansfield Turner, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2006
A former CIA Director Says Technology May Make Them "Superfluous" A recent article in Proceedings took the position that the Navy should retain 12 large-deck aircraft carriers indefinitely. The article ...

American Military Performance in Iraq

By F. J. Bing West
July 2006
A veteran combat Marine and journalist takes a hard look at U.S. efforts in Iraq since the battlefield victory of 2003. It has become commonplace to blame the neoconservatives in ...

The LCS: Built to Fight

By Lieutenant Justin Harts, U. S. Navy
July 2006
Will a big-ship, risk-averse mentality sink the LCS before it even enters Fleet service? In April 2006 the Navy announced that it would base the first four littoral combat ships ...

Terror Threats at Water's Edge

By Eric Mills
July 2006
In June, the United States Naval Institute hosted the Homeland Port Security Conference, highlighted by a hypothetical situation and reality check. A stirring speech delivered on Ellis Island, a call ...

Mine Warfare Confronts an Uncertain Future

By Captain Robert O'Donnell, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Scott C. Truver
July 2006
A merger in the works involving two warfare communities could dilute the nation's defense against naval mines. The U.S. Navy is planning a radical transformation of its mine warfare (MIW) ...

India-U.S. Naval Exercises Bearing Fruit

By Mrityunjoy Mazumdar and Rupak Chattopadhyay
July 2006
Naval exercises between India and the United States—most recently Malabar-05 last fall—have not only grown more and more sophisticated, but they have become a tool for diplomacy, as well. In ...

Naval Quarantine: Impervious to Epidemics of Virulent Disease

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Luke, MC, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant Commander Timothy Halenkamp, MC, U.S. Navy; Captain Edward Kilbane, MC, U.S. Navy
July 2006
"The worst place to have an epidemic, like a fire, is in close quarters far from help, such as a ship on the high seas. . . . During an ...

Containment or Engagement? A Pandemic Response

By Scott C. Buchanan and Manny L. Wilson
July 2006
International concern about the possibility of a pandemic caused by the Avian Influenza A virus has prompted world-wide government action. There are two approaches to stemming an epidemic. How should ...

DD(X) and the (New) Real World

By Ensign Andre M. Agraviador, U.S. Navy
July 2006
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest Balancing the needs of the traditional blue-water Navy with those of an increasingly significant brown-water presence requires hard choices. Will ...

America at a Crossroads: 60 Years Later

By James P. Delgado
July 2006
The atomic bomb tests six decades agothe second of which, Baker, artist Charles Bittinger caught on canvasstill offer lessons for today. In July 1946, the United States conducted the world's ...

Book Reviews

July 2006
Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq David J. Danelo. Mechanicsburg. PA: Stackpole Books. 2006. 335 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.95. Reviewed by Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. ...

Professional Notes

July 2006
Don't Bend the Metal! By Captain Michael D. Freeman, U.S. Navy Naval Station Pearl Harbor is an excellent training ground for shiphandling. The officers on our destroyers have become proficient ...

From Our Archive

July 2006
A Navy Curtiss HS-2L flying boat flies past the four-year-old USS New York (BB-34), c. 1918. The fifth New York-laid down in Brooklyn on 9111 in 1911-was one of the ...

U.S. Navy: Perverting the System

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
July 2006
The first ship of the long-gestation, highly controversial DD(X) program has been named Zumwalt , and will have the hull number DDG-1000. The name is well chosen. The late Admiral ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
July 2006
Malaysia's Meko-100 class patrol craft program has been ongoing since the late 1990s when a consortium of Blohni + Voss, Howakltswerke Deutsche Wert't (HDW), Thyssen Rheinslahl Technik, and Ferrostaal was ...
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Lest We Forget: John Henry Balch; VF-74

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2006
John Henry Balch World War I appropriately enough conjures up images of soldiers in trenches, gas attacks, relentless shelling, and machine gun slaughters. One does not usually picture an American ...

Naval Institute Foundation

July 2006
Call for Support for Frank Kelso's Oral History Several years ago, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Frank B. Kelso II discussed his life and career with historian Paul Stillwell ...