Proceedings Magazine - June 2007 Vol. 133/6/1,252

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This month we launch our redesign of Proceedings with a more dynamic, colorful, and contemporary look befitting the tradition and dignity of a publication well over a century old.



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    This month we launch our redesign of Proceedings with a more dynamic, colorful, and contemporary look befitting the tradition and dignity of a publication well over a century old.

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    "Editor's Page"

    (See R. Timberg, pg. 6. May 2007 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: A Goldwater-Nichols Bill for Government - Part Two
    By Harlan Ullman

    This is the second of two columns on reforming the nation's national security apparatus. The first covered the original Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which focused on the Department of Defense. This column centers on the need for a new...

  • Nobody Asked Me...But Let's Hunt the Hunters
    By Colonel Philip G. Wasielewski, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    In January 2006, when the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) captured a pirate ship off of the coast of Somalia, it highlighted not only the increasing problem of piracy in many of the world's littoral areas but also...

  • Now Hear This: Send the Best and the Brightest
    By Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force

    In his recent Armed Forces Journal essay, "A Failure in Generalship," U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling delivers a closely argued rebuke to what he sees as the intellectual and moral poverty of senior military leaders...

  • Midway: The Story that Never Ends
    By Thomas B. Allen

    On the 65th anniversary, we are still finding out what happened at Midway in the sky and sea in late spring 1942.

  • On Time, On Budget, On Mission: The U.S. Navy SSGN Program Shows the Way Ahead
    By Captain Mark Bock, USN

    As Navy and Coast Guard shipbuilding projects face intense scrutiny in Congress, the highly successful SSGN conversion program offers valuable lessons for future efforts.

  • How the Twig is Bent: Developing Young Bubble Heads for the Challenges of Command
    By Commander Michael J. Dobbs, USN (Ret.)

    Young nuclear submariners are as good as it gets when it comes to engineering and nuclear safety, but they need more exposure to tactics, basic seamanship, and intuitive decision making in the early years of their career....

  • Improving Fleet ASW Training for Submariners
    By Rear Admiral Arnold O. Lotring, USN, and Captain Edward A. Johnson Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Simulation programs help prepare the crew. From individuals to entire units, the result is an orchestral synergy that permits the joint force commander to rehearse missions.

    "Initial contact on submarine,...

  • In the Primordial Deep, Embedded on a Submarine
    By Robert D. Kaplan

    This excerpt is from Robert D. Kaplan's book Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground, to be published by Random House in September.

    I sat astride the sail of...

  • Getting Shipbuilding Right
    By the Honorable Donald C. Winter

    Convinced the Navy's shipbuilding program is "deeply troubled," the Secretary of the Navy dishes out some tough love to his service and the contractors who build the nation's warships.

  • David Halberstram Remembered
    By Robert Timberg

    "It is not a particularly happy chapter I in his life; he did not serve himself or the country well; he was. there is no kinder or gentler word for it. a fool."

    That sentence, devastating in its understatement, is from David...

  • Subs in the Littoral: Diesels Just Blowing Smoke?
    By Joe Buff

    Should the Navy turn to diesel-powered submarines for littoral warfare? The answer is clear, one analyst argues: stick with the larger nuclear-powered boats-but add some special gear.

    Should the Navy shift back to diesel-powered...

  • Counting Sails: The Submarine Census
    By A. D. Baker II

    The number of submarines in the world's navies shrank by nearly half during the 1990s and has continued to decline at a reduced rate. Yet even the existing numbers are often overstated in speeches and articles advocating various programs and...

  • Edwin H. Simmons Jr.: Keeper of the Keys
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ed Simmons, the retired Director Emeritus of Marine Corps History, died at home in Alexandria. Virginia, on 5 May 2007. He had been a Marine for 65 of his 85 years. For a quarter-century he was the ever-vigilant "Keeper of...

  • Fascination and Frustration: An Attaché in Moscow
    By Commander Bill Hamblet, U.S. Nav

    The U.S. and Soviet navies spent the Cold War building for the possibility of a hot war. After nearly half a century the Cold War ended, the Soviet Union collapsed, and peace developed with the Russian heirs of the Soviet navy.

  • Professional Notes

    Listen to the Lieutenants and Sailors
    By Captain Mark Nesselrode, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Book Reviews

    Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy

    Frederick W. Kagan. New York: Encounter Books, 2006. 432 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $29.95.

    Anyone who participated in the volatile policy-making...

  • U.S. Navy: Carrier Aviation on the Move: But Going Where?
    By Norman Polmar

    The debate over the future of the aircraft carrier continues hot and heavy in the pages of Proceedings, the halls of the Pentagon, and the corridors of the U.S. Capitol.1 But whereas during the Cold War the debate principally centered...

  • World Naval Developments: The Sea-Based Commonwealth
    By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.

    On 25 April Australians and New Zealanders celebrate ANZAC Day. They remembertheir armed forces, and particularly the day on which the combined Australian and New Zealand force entered combat for the first time at Gallipoli in 1915. A few wonder...

  • Naval Systems: Standard Series Raises the Bar Again
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy's Standard Missile Program Executive Office and Raytheon Missile Systems have reported that the company has completed successful demonstrations of a new maneuverability upgrade for the SM-2 Block 1MB air-defense missile, another in a...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim, Editor, <i>Combat Fleets of the World</i>

    On 22 April, Argentina's 12,000-ton Antarctic support ship and icebreaker Almirante Irizar suffered a serious fire in her generator room while returning from a deployment. The fire, which reportedly reached temperatures far in excess...

  • Lest We Forget: Commander David McCampbell
    By Lieutenant Commander Tom Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the morning of 24 October 1944, in a pair of Hellcat fighters, Commander David McCampbell and his wingman, Ensign Roy Rushing, scrambled from the flight deck of the USS Essex (CV-9) to repel a formation of 40 inbound Japanese aircraft...

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