Proceedings Magazine - February 2008 Vol. 134/2/1,260

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DOD, the VA, and Getting the Twain to Meet


For the third straight year, we focus an issue of Proceedings on Military Medicine. With the nation at war, few issues...



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

    Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander

    Todd S. Brown. Washington, DC: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2007. 292 pp. Illus. Appen. Gloss. Index. $29.

    Soon after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in...

  • Editor's Page

    DOD, the VA, and Getting the Twain to Meet


    For the third straight year, we focus an issue of Proceedings on Military Medicine. With the nation at war, few issues have greater resonance with warfighters, their...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Separate but Equal

    (See J. K. Hafner, pp. 32-35, January 2008 Proceedings)

  • Firing on the Up Roll: When Principle Is Involved
    By Harlan Ullman

    Somewhere in the distant recesses of my mind is a passage from Reef Points, a.k.a. the Plebe's Bible, that we were required to memorize during our first year at the U.S. Naval Academy. "When principle is involved," the...

  • Now Hear This: No Easy Exit
    By Captain James F. Kelly Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In at least one respect, President George W. Bush is a fortunate man. He is surrounded by military experts, not only the real ones in uniform, but the amateurs in Congress and the press, not to mention the legions of retired generals working for...

  • Feeling the Impact: Americans at War
    By Fred Schultz

    The U.S. Naval Institute took a major plunge in 2007 when it started producing 90-second vignettes for television, featuring interviews with combat veterans under the title, Americans at War. Since June, an estimated 50 million households have...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Let's Have a Fleet of 15 Hospital Ships
    By Lieutenant Jim Dolbow, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    Each one of the Department of Defense's five regional combatant commands should have three hospital ships permanently assigned to their respective areas of responsibility. Why so many, you ask?

  • Building a Small Surface Warship Mission Impossible?
    By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr. USN (Ret.)

    The Navy's dilemma with the littoral combat ship construction program is rooted in deep institutional problems based on choices made over the previous two decades. It could take another generation to set things right....

  • 'A Test, Not a Final Exam'
    By Richard Whittle
    The Marines' controversial MV-22B Osprey has made its long-awaited first combat deployment. So what's the verdict?

    Two MV-22B Ospreys, their big wingtip rotors facing forward in "airplane mode," are...

  • A Sobering Look at Iraq & Afghanistan
    An Interview with General James L. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    In 2003, after four years as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Jones was appointed Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, the first Leatherneck ever to hold the post. He retired from that assignment at the end of 2006, concluding a...

  • Hype, Hope and Hard Facts: Getting a Fix on SSGN SOF Capabilities
    By Commander Michael J. Dobbs, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The SSGN is worth the expense, even though its SOF capability may have been oversold.

    The conversion of four Ohio (SSBN-726)-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) into guided missile submarines (SSGNs) has...

  • Marketing Is Not a Dirty Word
    By Steve Cohen
    In the stiff competition for professional talent and congressional dollars, the Navy needs to do more about its public image—and fast.

    Last summer, a civilian posed a question to then-Chief of Naval Operations...

  • Triumph in Strategic Thinking
    By Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    The author recently attended a conference in Bodo, Norway, that assessed the Cold War on NATO's northern flank from 1975-1989. The conference attendees included Americans, Norwegians, other Scandinavians, and former Soviet...
  • The Elusive 'Seamless Transition'
    By Art Pine
    Many wounded servicemembers discharged after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan must cope with confusing—and often conflicting—systems in moving from DOD medical care and disability benefits to those provided by the VA. For...
  • Insurgents in the Bloodstream
    By Captain Chas Henry, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    A bacterial outbreak of historic proportions threatens wounded troops when they're most vulnerable.

    "It's why I lost my leg, so it sucks."

  • Prosthetics in the VA: Past, Present, and Future
    By Frederick Downs Jr.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has provided prosthetic devices to America's combat wounded since World War II—and it still is.

    The war on terrorism has gone on for nearly seven years, with 4,000 deaths and 27...

  • A Healing Virtual Reality World
    By Captain Joseph A. Miller, MSC, U.S. Army Reserve, and Colonel Charles Scoville, U.S. Army (Retired)
    The new training center at Walter Reed is a major step forward in the rehabilitation of men and women who have lost limbs or are otherwise disabled.

    The Military Advanced Training Center (MATC), completed at Walter Reed...

  • From Warrior to Lifesaver
    By Commander Wayne M. Gluf, MedicalCorps, U.S. Navy
    The Navy's next-generation hospital ship is already in the Fleet's inventory in the guise of Tarawa-class LHAs.

    Present U.S. Navy hospital ships—the Mercy (T-AH-19) and Comfort (T-AH-20)...

  • Book Reviews

    To the Limit of Endurance: A Battalion of Marines in the Great War

    Peter F. Owen. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2007. 248 pp. Maps. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $32.50

    Reviewed by Major Brian A. Ross,...

  • Professional Notes

    The Bear Comes Out of Hibernation

    By Commander T. J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Naval Systems: Cruiser Updates Begin
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Rip out work is set to start this month on board the Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52) at a BAE Systems shipyard in San Diego. This is the first step in a year-long updating of the ship's...

  • U.S. Navy: Is There a Mine Threat?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    If Chinese offensive mining is a concern, the U.S. Navy isn't saying much about it. For example, the Office of Naval Intelligence report, China's Navy (2007), mentions mines 14 times and submarines more than 150 times; the Department of...

  • World Naval Developments: Iran's Uncertain Nuclear Status
    By Norman Friedman

    In December, the U.S. intelligence community released parts of a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of the current Iranian nuclear program. It had generally been assumed that the Iranians were working intensely to enrich enough uranium to...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    During December 2007, South Korea's largest warship, the amphibious assault ship Dokdo, sailed off the coast of Langkawi, Malaysia, while taking part in LIMA Maritime '07, one of Asia's most expansive naval...

  • Lest We Forget: Remember the Maine
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Apprentice First Class Ambrose Ham was signal boy of the watch when the USS Maine arrived at the Spanish-owned island of Cuba on 25 January 1898. Tensions were high in the battleship as she slowly steamed into Havana Harbor, and though...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Naval History Gets a Boost

    Two special upcoming issues of Naval History magazine will include full-color gatefold inserts through the generosity of a charitable foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. The June 2008...

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    '[Liberty] is a chore . . . and a long-distance race, quite solitary, quite exhausting.'

    Albert Camus (1913-60)

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