Proceedings Magazine - May 2008 Vol. 134/5/1,263

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They say never let them see you sweat, so my staff and I have been in hiding for the past few days as we put the finishing touches on our May Naval Review issue, traditionally the...



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


    They say never let them see you sweat, so my staff and I have been in hiding for the past few days as we put the finishing touches on our May Naval Review issue, traditionally the year's most anticipated, but also the most...

  • Comment & Discussion

    Lead or Get Out of the Way: Winning the Millennium War

    (See M. Edwards, pp. 16-19, April 2008 Proceedings)

    David Sweetman—While I agree that Vice Admiral Edwards has identified a real and long-standing...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Transform or Bust!
    By Harlan Ullman

    Pick your metaphor-perfect storm, train wreck, or death spiral. Each reflects conditions our armed forces could face in the not so distant future.

    On the current course, a collision among strategic, operational, and resource realities...

  • Now Hear This: Homeland Security Needs a Certification Program
    By Lieutenant Commander Tracy G. DeWitt, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Differences in competence may be significant between Homeland Security (HS) professionals who hold four-year degrees in related fields and those with no college degree. We do not have in

    place a mandatory accreditation program—or a...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...The Navy JAG Corps Needs to Specialize
    By Commander Michael Jackonis, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As the Navy transforms to meet 21st century obligations, its attorneys must sustain their ability to provide competent legal services. What core competencies should be required? What areas of legal expertise are needed to fully serve operational...

  • Where Are the Ballistic-Missile-Defense Cruisers?
    By Rear Admiral Thomas Marfiak, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Looking ahead to the threat of a future ballistic missile attack on America or its interests, the need for a next-generation cruiser is clear.

    With all the talk about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the next guided-...

  • 'Worse Than a Crime - A Mistake'
    By Captain J. M. van Tol, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    If you treat your Sailors like adults and professionals, they will perform that way.

    A recent Navy Times story, "Kitty Hawk sailors chafe under liberty rules," reported on draconian liberty policies...

  • Castro's Passing: Time for Engagement, Continued Confrontation, or Punitive Action?
    By Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    After a half century, power is slipping away from El Commandante. Is the United States agile enough to capitalize on Cuba without Fidel?

    The news out of the Caribbean and northern South America during late February and...

  • Looking Beyond Iraq: Developing a Future Strategy
    By Captain J. Lee Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Fourth-generation warfare and its trends loom beyond current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. How will we deal with them?

    As Americans continue to fight in Iraq, the question persists whether the nation has yet...

  • The Sword's Other Edge
    By Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wallen, U.S. Air Force, and Lieutenant Colonel David A. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>
    The key to successful stability operations is swift attention to a country's economic needs.

    Since the 1800s, stability operations have played a significant role in U.S. foreign policy. Section IV of the 2006 National...

  • Surviving BRAC: Lessons for Small Communities
    By Lieutenant Commander David S. Bartell, U.S. Navy
    Closing bases need not leave only empty spaces behind. Careful planning can maximize their assets for the community.

    Having worked in the Navy's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) office in the past, I've seen...

  • A Tip of the Hat to the Old Hometown
    By Eric Mills

    Annapolis, Maryland, home base of Proceedings and a treasure trove of U.S. Navy tradition, is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its charter this year.

    Steeped in history and proud of it, Annapolis is a...

  • Notable Naval Books of 2007
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As in previous years, the list of notable naval books for 2007 was compiled, refined, and ultimately decided by a number of people, all of whom are recognized for their knowledge of matters pertaining to the Sea Services. Because this list of...

  • U.S. Navy in Review
    By Scott C. Truver

    An analysis in March 2007 showed significant erosion in public opinion over President George W. Bush's decision for regime change in Iraq.

    A report by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press concluded: "Four years...

  • U.S. Naval Aviation and Weapon Development in Review
    By Commander Jan C. Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    After an event-packed 2006, the naval aviation enterprise and the industry that supports it settled down to business and proceeded through a relatively quiet 2007. In the previous year, naval aviation saw the demise of one community, VF, the...

  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Review
    By Colonel Mackubin T. Owens Jr., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)<p>

    In 2007, the United States Marine Corps continued to prepare for and conduct the Long War, refining its operational employment concept for meeting the uncertain security environment that emerged in the wake of 9/11. The Corps has been stressed as...

  • The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
    By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane

    On 14 February 2008, standing before a packed audience at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, entering his third year at the helm of America's smallest armed service, noted, the Coast Guard...

  • U.S. Merchant Marine and World Maritime Review
    Dr. Shashi Kumar, Master Mariner

    The maritime industry has had a remarkable run over the past five years, which I have chronicled in Proceedings' Naval Review issues. Last year turned out to be a watershed, and my analysis is replete with many unwavering signs of...

  • Book Reviews

    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. New York: Little, Brown and Company 2007, 390 pp., Illus. $24.99.

    Reviewed by...

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

    Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution

    Robert H. Patton. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008. 275 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $26.

    This well-written book tells of the "...

  • Oceans: Not Your Ordinary Submersible
    By Don Walsh

    Manned submersibles are vertical probes where mission times rarely exceed 12 to 14 hours and require mother ships on site to tend them and their crews. There are only four manned submersibles in the world that can dive to a test depth of 20,000...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In March 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual Report to Congress on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China. According to the report, DOD officials estimate that the People's Liberation...

  • From Our Archive

    -John Donne (1572-1631)

  • World Naval Developments: Heed Moore's Law
    By Norman Friedman

    As in previous years, the Navy League's 2008 Sea, Air, Space Symposium was a paean to the central fact of the ongoing computer age, Moore's Law. Formulated in 1965, it states that the unit price of computing power halves every 18 months....

  • Lest We Forget: Joint Warfare at Guadalcanal
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A month after their landing at Guadalcanal, with the outcome of that campaign far from decided, the Marines decided to push beyond their defensive perimeter and advance west across the Matanikau River to prevent the consolidation of Japanese...

  • Naval Review Resources

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