Comment and Discussion

June 2006
"The Fleet: Low Profile Today, Vital Tomorrow" (See W. Holland, pp. 52-57, May 2006 Proceedings) Vice Admiral James H. Doyle, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)-The author is right on target in ...

Nobody Asked Me, But...The Magic of Compounding

By Commander Michael Collins, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
June 2006
Military recruiting traditionally has relied on two things-personal recruiting and inducements. The best recruiters were family and friends who had served. And the best inducement has always been education. But, ...

The New Meaning of War

By Captain James F. Kelly, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2006
The new film United 93 caused many of us to reflect on where we were when Islamic terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and flew two of them into the World ...

Crossing Swords: "The Generals' Revolt"

By Major General John M. Riggs, USA (Ret.), and Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN (Ret.)
June 2006
"If it is not appropriate for retired flag officers to speak out, then who?" Major General John M. Riggs, U.S. Army (Retired) Don't confuse having the right to do something ...

Around the Horn

By David J. Danelo
June 2006
What has the United States military been doing in the Horn of Africa for four years?

Polaris: A True Revolution

By Norman Polmar
June 2006
The Polaris missile program was complex, its technologies new and unproven, and its basic concept—launching missiles from beneath the ocean surface—was radical. Yet its missiles and systems went to sea ...

No Glass Jaw

By Captain Robert P. Girrier, U.S. Navy
June 2006
By teaming with other sea service communities and navies of allied nations, sailors such as Sonar Technician Third Class Jeff Mercliffe, listening in the western Pacific on board USS Shoup ...

Masters of None

By David Axe
June 2006
As Marine aviators diversify, the forward air control-airborne mission risks becoming just one of too many tasks they must perform. In January 2005, Marine All-Weather Fighter Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 224 "Bengals" ...

Professional Notes

June 2006
2 For 4 in 2012: The Virginia-Class Road Ahead By Rear Admiral William Hilarides, U.S. Navy The Chief of Naval Operation's (CNO) shipbuilding plan is now a matter of record, ...

Book Reviews

June 2006
Boys of '67: From Vietnam to Iraq, The Extraordinary Story of a Few Good Men Charles Jones. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006. 416 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $29.95. Reviewed by ...

Other Navies: Strike From the Sea

By Norman Polmar
June 2006
Three navies other than the U.S. Navy currently operate and deploy nuclearpropelled ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs)—Britain, France, and Russia. The Royal Navy has four Vanguard-class SSBNs, completed between 1993 and 1999. ...

World Naval Developments

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
June 2006
Iran: Capabilities vs. Intentions Recent events in Iran continue to be disturbing. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that he has no interest in stopping his program to enrich uranium, ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
June 2006
During April 2006, Navantia (formerly Izar) of Spain received an initial down payment from Venezuela to begin construction of four new offshore patrol vessels for the oil-rich South American nation. ...

Lest We Forget: Fire and Sword; VC-10

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2006
Fire and Sword On 24 October 1776, the Continental Congress issued secret orders to Lambert Wickes, captain of Reprisal , a ship-rigged vessel of 18 six-pound carriage guns and a ...

Charting Your Course: Semper Paratus

By Christopher P. Michel
June 2006
"Hold on!" yelled the third-class just as our Zodiac OTH (Over The Horizon) boat crossed the ship's wake at 43 knots, sending us airborne for a brief, but terrifying, second. ...

Naval Institute Foundation

June 2006
Tawani Foundation Renews Oral History Support The Tawani Foundation of Chicago has extended its partnership with the Naval Institute, pledging to help underwrite the general operating expenses of the oral ...

Editor's Page

Robert Timberg
June 2006
We open this issue with what we intend to be an occasional feature that we're calling " Crossing Swords ," a point/counterpoint discussion of a national issue or an issue ...