Proceedings Magazine - October 2007 Vol. 133/10/1,256

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    'Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.'


    — Cicero (106-...
  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    No More Mister Nice Guy

  • Comment and Discussion

    Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't

    (See B. Olson, pp. 22-30, September 2007 Proceedings)

    Captain Raymond B. Wellborn, U.S. Navy (Retired)-Bradley Olson did his homework on this article to get the facts straight, but failed to...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: A Military at Risk?
    By Harlan Ullman

    The metaphor of the majestic and doomed liner RMS Titanic comes to mind when thinking about the future size, shape, and health of the U.S. military. Many dangerous icebergs, the political kind, sit astride the route ahead, hidden by an ocean of...

  • Now Hear This: First Among Equals: Tilting Toward the Naval Service
    By Loren Thompson, Ph.D.

    There was a time when the assignment of top jobs in the joint force resembled a political balancing act more than a merit-based selection process. Back then, representatives from each of the three military departments were awarded roughly equal...

  • Nobody Asked Me But...Command of the Cs
    By Captain Paul Sherbo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    In the beginning, there was Command. Command was the ultimate aspiration of every officer. Command was both the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure. And yet, as much as Command meant, it was not good enough.

    And so came Command and...

  • Naval Academy . . . A Crucible for Warriors
    By Vice Admiral Jeffrey Fowler, USN

    The Academy's new boss says a midshipman's first duty is to learn to lead Sailors and Marines in combat. Everything else is "secondary, optional, and conditional."

  • Storm Warning for the Royal Navy
    By Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, RN (Ret.), and Gwyn Prins

    A decade of over-use and neglect has placed the world's oldest navy, and the U.S. Navy's presumed closest partner, at a critical decision point. What can the Royal Navy do to stay afloat?

  • The Osprey Goes to War
    By Richard Whittle

    After a tumultuous quarter-century in development, the Marines' V-22 tiltrotor aircraft is ready to fly combat missions in Iraq.

    The Marines start learning in October whether the cost of fielding their top...

  • We Need a North American Defense Organization
    By Captain Todd Charles Davis, U.S. Navy

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) have similar goals and missions. Why not combine the two?

  • High Seas Hollywood: The 25 Best U.S. Navy Movies
    By Eric Mills

    Sidebar: Thumbs Up

  • Happy Anniversary, Navy Memorial
    By Rear Admiral William Thompson, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    It hardly seems like 20 years. The dedication of the U.S. Navy Memorial on 13 October 1987 was a dazzling program choreographed by Robert Jani, who had done Super Bowl half-time productions and the annual Christmas show at Rockefeller Center....

  • How to Kill a Good Idea
    By Captain Gordan E. Van Hook, U.S. Navy

    The 1,000-ship navy concept must develop at the grassroots level. It risks being stillborn if the United States dominates its leadership.

    What's the fastest way to kill a new idea introduced to a large organization? Just dismiss it by...

  • Taking Africa Seriously
    By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy

    The U.S. government now knows that Africa is important-and dangerous. Formerly divided between three different strategic military regions, the entire continent (except Egypt) will soon fall under the purview of a new combatant command, AFRICOM....

  • Getting the Ocean Right
    By Thomas E. Crew and Captain Andrew Brown III, U.S. Navy

    In 1842, Lieutenant Matthew Fontaine Maury, the father of naval oceanography, had a vision. The stacks of musty ship logs and records filling the recesses of his office at the Depot of Charts and Instruments offered an opportunity to unlock many...

  • The Navy, the Cold War—and Now
    By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.

    In the post-World War II world, from Korea to the Berlin Wall, the U.S. Navy played a significant role, if not an obvious one.

  • Don't Hate San Francisco! Engage, Don't Estrange
    By Craig Hooper, Ph.D.

    Few outside this beautiful harbor realize the Bay Area has a long naval tradition that rivals all but a few competitors. It's a legacy worth preserving.

    In October 1981, the Blue Angels Naval Flight Demonstration Team soared over a...

  • Book Reviews

    War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History

    Colin S. Gray. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 306 pp. Maps. Bib. Index. $135.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air...

  • Professional Notes

    Using Computers and Rifles at the Same Time

    By Captain Christopher S. Tsirlis, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Naval Systems: Radio Commonality at Hand
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Navy's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C^sup 4^I), supported by Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems, this spring completed operational evaluation for a common submarine radio...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 23 August, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force launched the first of a new four-ship class of helicoptercarrying destroyers. Named Hyuga, the warship was originally thought to be numbered in sequence with similar helicopter-carrying...

  • Lest We Forget: The 50th
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As I sit down before my laptop to write the 50th "Lest We Forget" column, it seems very appropriate to recognize the person most responsible for its existence. 

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