Proceedings Magazine - January 2008 Vol. 134/1/1,259

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The Sword and the Olive Branch

I feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue, bubbling over with fresh ideas and perceptive...



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  • Editor's Page
    By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    The Sword and the Olive Branch

    I feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue, bubbling over with fresh ideas and perceptive commentary. We lead off with Lieutenant Daniel Hancock...

  • The Navy's Not Serious About Riverine Warfare
    By Lieutenant Daniel A. Hancock, U.S. Navy
    The oft-stated reemphasis on littoral operations by the Navy's top leaders has been nothing but window dressing, this author says.
  • Is the 313-Ship Fleet Realistic?
    By Commander Otto Kreisher, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    With no price-cap deal between the Navy Department and shipbuilders for the littoral combat ship, the program is in trouble—maybe even dead in the water.

    When the Navy unveiled its ambitious 30-year plan to build up...

  • A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century
    By Lieutenant Commander David K. Richardson, U.S. Navy, Major Lane V. Packwood, Idaho Army National Guard, and Daniel E. Aldana
    With the elevation of humanitarian assistance/disaster response to a core mission of the Navy in the new maritime strategy, it is time to develop an international humanitarian-centric fleet in the Pacific theater.


  • Separate but Equal
    By Commander John K. Hafner U.S. Navy Reserve
    The Navy needs to focus on line officer specialization now more than ever.

    It is a calm, cool evening in a remote stretch of the Mediterranean. Far from busy shipping lanes and scattered fleets of fishing boats, two ships...

  • Fill the Middle Gap Rediscover the Corvette
    By Lieutenant James Rushton, U.S. Navy
    The new maritime strategy calls for a global presence. We need large numbers of corvette-size warships—cheap and tough—to maintain it.

    The U.S. Navy needs a new force structure for the new century's...

  • The Coconut Chicken Chronicles
    By Chef Adam Weiner
    Navy chow goes upscale with the help of professional chefs.


  • Reconciliation in Iraq: Don't Hold Your Breath
    By Colonel Norvell B. DeAtkine, U.S. Army (Retired)
    The war-torn nation is a victim of its tortured history.

    The word "reconciliation" has become a synonym for success in Iraq. It was enshrined as the centerpiece of the 18 benchmarks imposed on the Iraqi...

  • Bring Personnel Management into the 21st Century
    By Colonel David A. Smith, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Retired)
    Time to modernize. The current system is a relic, creaky and counterproductive.

    Since the Cold War ended, we have seen fundamental changes in threats, military tactics, weapons, and technologies. At the same time, funding...

  • Stop Blaming the Press
    By David J. Danelo
    Commanders should think of journalists as they do the weather—not try to control what they report.

    Recently, I received an email from a senior enlisted man with whom I'd served in Iraq. He wanted to know if I...

  • Budget Battles, Interest Groups, and Relevancy in a New Era: The Ship-of-the-Line USS Pennsylvainia
    By Lieutenant Claude Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve

    Debates over what types of ships to build are as old as the Republic itself.

    There was a costly, unpopular, long war under way against insurgents. Congress and the Navy debated about the costs of large ships. The economy was in crisis....

  • Training for the Wrong Fight
    By Lieutenant Commander Rory Berke, U.S. Navy
  • A Remembrance: '31-Knot' Burke
    By Lieutenant Commander John Gordon Forester Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)<p>

    In June 1954 I was beginning my first-class year as an NROTC midshipman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For our summer cruise I was sent to Norfolk, Virginia, with orders to report to the USS Macon (CA-132), little...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Clausewitz 2007

    (See K. K. Miller, p. 10, December 2007 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Tet Remembered
    By Harlan Ullman

    What an irony! This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War and a campaign that has become largely forgotten except by military historians and those who came of age during that prolonged and...

  • Now Hear This: Bait and Switch
    By Captain James C. Howe, U.S. Coast Guard

    Did the Navy's future littoral combat ship (LCS) sail for the first time on 4 December 2007, painted in Coast Guard colors?

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Fewer Medals Faster
    By Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    Remember the days when generals and admirals like Marshall, Eisenhower, and Nimitz chose to wear only a single row of ribbons on their uniforms? When to be "mentioned in the dispatches"

  • Book Reviews

    Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century

    Ralph Peters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007. 384 pp. Maps. $27.95.

    Reviewed by Eric Osborne

  • Books in Brief
    Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945

    Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 451 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $50.

    This printed companion to the recent PBS television series of the same name by Ken...

  • Professional Notes

    Etiquette at Sea

    By Captain Joe Sensi, U.S. Navy

    With battle group operations less frequent today, along with the advent of e-mail, chat rooms, and telephone access at sea, many at-sea and ashore communication routines have...

  • World Naval Developments: Oil, Oil, Everywhere?
    By Norman Friedman

    How important is the rising price of oil? A few months ago it was said that if it cost more than about $60 per barrel, the U.S. Navy would do well to switch to nuclear power for all its larger surface

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 5 October 2007, Belgium retired the Westdiep, its fourth and final Wielingen-class frigate. The ship, shown here, was constructed at Cockerill shipyard in Hoboken, Antwerp, and was the second of four frigates...

  • Lest We Forget: "Deke"
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    With the Pacific war in its third year, William Parsons wanted—indeed expected—to be commanding ships at sea at this point in his career. But fate, and his own special capabilities, prevented that. Now, in the pre-dawn darkness of an...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    New Year's Resolution: Planned Gift for USNI

    For most people, the start of a new year is a time for reflecting and planning. We think back on the previous year's events—complete with its trials and triumphs. Then we begin...

  • From Our Archive
    'It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise.'

    -Eric Hoffer (1902-83)


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