Proceedings Magazine - July 2007 Vol. 133/7/1,253

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One Up, One Down

Two years ago, we celebrated the ascension of General Peter Pace to the nation's top military post, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those of us wearing or who...



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    One Up, One Down

    Two years ago, we celebrated the ascension of General Peter Pace to the nation's top military post, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those of us wearing or who once wore Marine green applauded loudly. General...

  • Comment and Discussion

    How the Twin Is Bent: Developing Young Bubble Heads for the Challenges of Command (See M. J. Dobbs, pp. 28-33, June 2007 Proceedings)

    In the Primordial Deep, Embedded on a Submarine (See R. D. Kaplan, pp. 48-53, June 2007...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Unity of Command
    By Harlan Ullman

    As every member of the armed forces learns, unity of command is absolutely vital to the success of any military organization. No ship can operate with two captains; no battalion can fight under more than one commander. The same iron law applies...

  • Now Hear This: Rewriting the Rules of War
    By Captain James F. Kelly Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Before going to war again, our leaders must first decide on what we mean to accomplish and how far we are willing to go to win. Otherwise, we will again subject our troops to unnecessary

    confusion, stress, and personal risk, as we did in...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...I'm Not Just a Navy Reservist
    By Senior Chief Electronics Technician Paul R. Morin, U.S. Navy Reserve

    Looking at the ribbons adorning my khaki uniform one might conclude that I'm just a Navy Reservist. Adjacent to the ribbon representing my Navy Good Conduct Medal (NGCM) is the ribbon representing the Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (...

  • Kabuki in the E-Ring
    By Thomas L. Wilkerson
    "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.
    Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war."
    — General...
  • A Parade You Don't Forget
    By Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman, USA

    Four years later and the parades continue. Month after month the procession moves, and only the faces change. 

  • Rebuilding Coast Guard Acquisition
    By Rear Admiral John Currier, USCG

    Through drastically restructuring its processes, the service aims to move from confusion to creative synergy.

  • Finding Our Lagarto Fathers
    By Nancy Kenney

    In 2005, British diver Jamie Macleod and his crew located the wreck of the USS Lagarto (SS-371), a World War II attack submarine sunk 60 years earlier with 86 men on board. This is the story of those men and how their...

  • Mike Mullen's Surprise Promotion
    By Tom Bowman

    He has embraced the term that others have either dismissed or tiptoed around: "the Long War."  CNO will carry a reputation as a pragmatist and problem-solver to the JCS Chairman's office.


  • Lest We Forget: Ripley at the Bridge
    By Lieutenant Commander Tom Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As a young man I was fascinated by a tale from ancient Roman history that told of a warrior whose courage was beyond all reason, yet was inspirational as an ideal worth trying to live up to. It is a story, often recounted by Roman authors and...

  • "No Torture"— It's a Start
    By Captain Rye Barcott, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    The training of Iraqi military and police forces in intelligence and interrogation Techniques is far from a success.

  • Time for a Second Great White Fteet
    By Ian Roxborough

    Put the Coast Guard in charge of the 1,000-ship navy and let the Navy do what it does best—ight wars.

    In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Great White Fleet—a naval force of 16 white-hulled hattleships and...

  • A New Naval Diplomacy
    By James R. Holmes and Andrew C. Winner

    Maritime cooperation between the United States and India is the key to bridging differences over the Proliferation Security Initiative.

  • Urban Warfare: Sending in the Marines
    By Second Lieutenant Peter Harrigton Brooks, U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marines saw the spectre of urban warfare early, but it took General Charles Krulak to get them to do something about it.

    Look at the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq these days, and you would think that urban warfare has been a Marine...

  • State and Navy: Partnership in Diplomacy
    By The Honorable Michael W. Coulter

    Given the increased need for skills in diplomacy when dealing with volatile situations, especially in ungoverned areas of the world, the relationship between the State Department and the Navy is more important now than ever.

  • Treaty at a Crossroads
    By Captain George V. Galdorisi, USN (Ret.)

    Treaty at a Crossroads

    By Captain George V. Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Sea Service leaders want it. It has been supported by every President since—and including—...

  • Time for a Mid-Course Correction?
    By Art Pine

    Five-plus years after 9/11, the government still has a long way to go in strengthening port security.

    The United States has made modest progress in bolstering its overall homeland security defenses since the terrorist attacks of...

  • UNCLOS MythBusters
    By Scott C. Truver

    The ink was barely dry on President George W. Bush’s statement in mid-May about joining the community of nations by ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) when a chorus of Cassandras began to wail against U.S....

  • Book Reviews

    Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War

    Michael D. Gordin. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. 209 pp. lllus. Maps. Notes. Index. $24.95.

    Reviewed by lieutenant Colonel William J....

  • Professional Notes

    Harnessing Information Technology for Navy Command and Control
    By Vice Admiral Mark Edwards, U.S. Navy

    Information technology is an enabling force for the CNO's top priorities: sustain combat readiness, build a...

  • U.S. Navy: Carrier Aviation on the Move
    By Norman Polmar

    A final issue related to U.S. large-deck carriers, in addition to those described in the first part of this column (June 2007), is nuclear propulsion. A nuclear ship tends to have more operational flexibility than does an oil-burning ship. But...

  • World Naval Developments: Russian Arms Exports Shrink
    By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.

    In May it was reported that the month's planned meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation had been postponed again (to the tall). The Russians said that they had just changed their chairman. The Chinese...

  • Oceans: Exploring the Least-Known Oceans
    By Don Walsh

    The Arctic and Southern Oceans at the far ends of our planet have been enormously attractive for explorers and adventurers. It is a brief history of discovery with the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean during 1893-95 by Norse explorer Fridtjof...

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

    On 25 May 2007 South Korea launched the first of its new KDX-III guided-missile destroyers. The 7,000+-ton warship, numbered 991 and reportedly named Sejong-Daewang (Sejong the Great) after a 14th-century Korean king, is the first South...

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