Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief
September 2006
Five years ago, as we are constantly reminded, the world changed. Al Qaeda operatives, employing hijacked passenger airliners as guided missiles, destroyed the World Trade Center and ploughed into the ...

Comment and Discussion

September 2006
"Where Have All the Shiphandlers Gone?"(See S. Landersman, pp. 54-58, August 2006 Proceedings)Commander John K. Hafner, U.S. Navy Reserve-Kudos to Captain Landersman. His article was right on the mark. The ...

Attack on the Pentagon

Photography by Greg E. Mathieson
September 2006
Dramatic never-published photos from the scene bring back the horror at the Pentagon on 9/11.

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>
September 2006
In late June 2006, the mine countermeasures vessels Weiden and Frankenthal were decommissioned from the German fleet and transferred to the United Arab Emirates. The ships, both Type 332 coastal ...

The Last Catfight

By Tony Holmes
September 2006
The venerable F-14 Tomcat ends three decades of Fleet service this month. But it went out fighting on its last combat deployment in 2005-06.The U.S. Navy's last two Tomcat ...

The "Soviet" Air Threat of 2006

By Ensign Kilton Kingsman, U.S. Navy
September 2006
The Soviet Union may be a relic of the past but its aircraft are not. Many of them are still out there, some operated by new friends, others by potential ...

Commitment to Mission Execution

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles W Bowen, USCG
September 2006
The new Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard outlines the Commandant's guiding vision for the service.It was an honor to be chosen by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen ...

A Civil War in the Military

By Colonel Mark E Cancian, USMCR (Retired)
September 2006
Three schools of thought have emerged from the recent Revolt of the Generals. The one that wins out will shape the future of the military long after the current administration ...

Toward a More Perfect Union

By Captain Bryan Blair, U.S. Army
September 2006
The Army and the Marine Corps need to be more operationally flexible-in both equipment and weapon acquisition and training-so their soldiers and Marines fit together as easily as Lego® blocks ...

The Containerized Logistics Imperative

By Lieutenant Douglas Tastad, USNR
September 2006
Joint warfighting has evolved rapidly in the last decade from deconfliction to seamless interoperation; however, joint logistics lags behind. One of the most crucial lessons gleaned from Operation Iraqi Freedom ...

Transformation Ballyhoo

By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force
September 2006
New and expensive technology such as the F-35, DD(X), and the expeditionary fighting vehicle is not enough to achieve transformation. Like war, transformation must be an "affair of the intellect." ...

Irregulars: A Natural Hedge

By Captain Roger Lee Grassland, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
September 2006
By whatever measure, manpower is a critical factor in military success. To protect itself and the success of its mission, the Navy must increase its reliance on the irregulars-its reserves-during ...

Book Reviews

September 2006
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq Thomas E. Ricks. New York: The Penguin Press, 2006. 416 pp. Maps. Illus. Notes. Index. $27.95.Reviewed by Robert LittleSaddam Hussein liked ...

Oceans: Oil on Troubled Waters

By Don Walsh
September 2006
It is great theater. A huge tanker is fetched up on the rocks, a spreading oil slick oozing from her hull. Or perhaps it is a flaming offshore platform spewing ...

U.S. Navy: Hezbollah Attack: Lessons for the LCS?

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
September 2006
The recent Hezbollah missile attack on an Israeli Navy corvette may have lessons for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program.1 The ship was struck on 21 July 2006 ...

World Naval Developments: Artillery Rockets Take Center Stage

By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems
September 2006
The war between Israel and Hezbollah has highlighted an often-neglected weapon, the artillery rocket. Many armies use rockets to lay down large volumes of fire quickly without investing in massive ...

Amazing Grace & VAH-8

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired), Lieutenant Commander Rick Burgess, U.S. Navy (Retired)
September 2006
Amazing Grace As a young girl Grace Brewster Murray had an unusually inquisitive mind. One day, when she was seven years old, she disassembled an alarm clock to see how ...

Naval Institute Foundation

September 2006
Call for Support for Admiral Bernard Forbes' Oral HistoryThe Naval Institute Foundation needs contributions to fund the completion of the late Vice Admiral Bernard B. "Beetle" Forbes Jr.'s oral history ...

From Our Archive: XF10F-1 Jaguar

September 2006
The retiring F-14 Tomcat wasn’t the only swinging cat to emerge from the vaunted Grumman Ironworks. In May 1952, nearly two decades before the Tomcat’s first flight, famed test pilot ...

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