Proceedings Magazine - August 2007 Vol. 133/8/1,254

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This issue of Proceedings contains our annual look at the U.S. Coast Guard, the nation's smallest military service, but one that has...



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    We Want You!

    This issue of Proceedings contains our annual look at the U.S. Coast Guard, the nation's smallest military service, but one that has been much in the news in recent years.

  • Comment and Discussion

    Kabuki in the E-Ring

    (See T. L. Wilkerson, pp. 12-14, July 2007 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Chairman Mullen
    By Harlan Ullman

    Admiral Mike Mullen is, or is about to be, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is the fourth admiral to hold that post. His predecessors were Arthur Radford, Thomas Moorer, and William Crowe. Each of the three saw active service in...

  • Now Hear This: The Navy and Its DDG-1000—Heading Wrong
    By Captain Robert H. Smith, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    To grasp the Navy's gravely inadequate response to its ominously shrinking numbers, start with the DDG-1000 program. Born years ago as the DD-21 and then morphing into the DD(X), it has muddled through several incarnations, forecasting ever...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Make Some Noise!
    By Captain R. Robinson Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    We've all heard the riddle, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a noise?" Fast forward to today and the current six-month deployment of the HSV Swift to the Caribbean for the pilot cruise of the Global...

  • Adapt or Die
    By Jim Lacey and Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Woods, USA (Ret.)

    The military must learn how to institutionalize adaptability. Only then will we be ready for any contingency.

  • Restructuring Navy Boarding Teams
    By Ensign James Emmett Lamb, USN

    The Navy should designate a VBSS rate for enlisted Sailors, while SWOs on their first tour routinely become boarding team officers.

  • China: A New Maritime Partner?
    By Lyle J. Goldstein

    The U.S. Coast Guard is opening the door to a cooperative relationship with China.

  • The Coast Guard is Discovering a New Force-Muliplier—and It's Already on Board
    By Art Pine
  • Close the Gaps
    By Captain Robert F. Bennett, USCG (Ret.)

    The potential for a seaborne terrorist attack is not limited to a WMD in a shipboard container. Maritime security specialists need to focus on the nation's huge undefended coastline and less visible port issues.

  • A New DOG in the Hunt
    By Rear Admiral Thomas F. Atkin, USCG, and Scott C. Truver

    The Coast Guard is organizing specialized forces into a Deployable Operations Group (DOG). Its first commanding officer and a civilian expert explain how it works.

  • The 'Galloping Ghost' Goes on Eternal Patrol
    By Carl LaVO

    With flaming red hair, a Dale Carnegie smile, and boundless enthusiasm, retired Rear Admiral Eugene Fluckey was the most decorated military veteran for the past 50 years.

    The former submarine commander, who passed away in June at age 93,...

  • Don't Split it, Grow it
    By Chris Doane and Joe DiRenzo III

    Instead of expanding the service to better accomplish its missions, the U.S. Coast Guard could lose its maritime safety arm if a proposal under discussion in a House committe shifts that responsibility to a new agency. Here's why that's a...

  • Mines in Ports: A Serious Threat
    By Arthur Cappabianca

    The 9/11 attacks were coordinated; why not the simultaneous mining of several vital harbors?

    Only a few mines would be needed in U.S. ports to bring shipping to an immediate standstill. It is difficult to venture even a guess at how many...

  • A Tale of Three Kiwis: Coalition Lessons from Afghanistan
    By Captain Lawrence N. Ash, U.S Navy

    I was on my way to Kabul, Afghanistan, in early September 2004 to become the new Director of Intelligence (CJ2) for the Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan (CFC-A), in charge of the U.S.-led Coalition conducting Operation Enduring Freedom. For...

  • A Framework for the Future
    By Captain B. D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    By tapping its informal arrangements and treaties in East Asia, the United States could be that much closer to its goal of a 1,000-ship world fleet.

  • Keep 'em Flying: The Future of UAV Safety
    By Ensign Erik T. Smith, U.S. Navy

    Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest

    A significant competition for airspace between manned and unmanned aircraft will begin within a few short years. By that time, the safety of UAVs must match that...

  • The Message: Flexible, Cost Effective, & Compatible
    By Toni Guagenti

    The Transformation Warfare 07 conference confronted the uncer future facing the nation's warfighters.

    As the military's top brass warned of a long haul in Afghanistan and Iraq against intrepid, devious enemies, they also remained...

  • Book Reviews

    Powerful and Brutal Weapons: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Easter Offensive

    Stephen P. Randolph. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. 401 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.

    Reviewed by Commander John T....

  • Professional Notes

    How EA-6B Sailors Can Advance Careers
    By Lieutenant Commanders John W. D. Kurtz and Adam Carlstrom, U.S. Navy

    A recent change in EA-6B Prowler junior officer detailing has created a unique opportunity for enlisted...

  • World Naval Developments: Changes in the Missile World
    By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.

    At this year's Paris Air Show, advanced weapon and space systems company Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK) displayed a model of its proposed High Speed Surface Weapon (HSSW), powered by a thermally-throated ramjet the company hasbeen developing...

  • Naval Systems: Energy Demands Fuel Power Options Search
    By Edward J. Walsh

    A "clean sheet" perspective unbound by current design programs has revealed a critical finding in determining ship power needs. In discussing the results of a comprehensive study of ship propulsion alternatives completed and released...

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

    In April 2007, the British Royal Navy handed over the retired mine countermeasures vessel ex-HMS Sandown to the Estonian Navy. Decommissioned from British service in early 2005, the vessel, shown here prior to transfer, has been...

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

    I require all Marines to read and discuss . . .

    LTGEN Brute Krulak's First to Fight:
    An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps


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