Proceedings Magazine - July 2008 Vol. 134/7/1,265

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Bob Gates Doesn't Do Mop-Up

When President Bush tapped Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense in November 2006, a huge sigh of relief rippled through the military establishment and,...



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

    Bob Gates Doesn't Do Mop-Up

    When President Bush tapped Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense in November 2006, a huge sigh of relief rippled through the military establishment and, or that matter, a good portion of the nation. This...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Modern-Day Minehunting, Destroyer Style

    (See S. J. Coughlin, pp. 42-46, June 2008 Proceedings)

    Rear Admiral Charles F. Horne III, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Commander Steve Coughlin's article about his ship...

  • Firing on the Up Roll: Winning Battles, Losing Wars
    By Harlan Ullman

    With few exceptions, the U.S. military, certainly since the Korean War, has had an unprecedented capacity for winning all of the battles it has fought. Yet, concurrently, the U.S. government has a parallel capacity for losing wars, defined as...

  • Now Hear This: Back to Basics: Tradition in Future Warfare
    By Commander Carl B. Forkner, U.S. Navy

    From the earliest days of man's journeys he has depended on the basic signs of nature to guide him—the sun, the stars, and landmarks along the way. Technology developed over time, and man used new implements to better exploit these...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .It's Time for a Golden Octopus
    By Lieutenant Eric Schuck, SC, U.S. Navy Reserve

    The girl behind the espresso stand cocked her head, looked over my cammies and asked a by-now-familiar question as she handed me my first coffee for the day: "Are you a Navy SEAL?" I laughed: "No, ma'am, I'm a supply...

  • Answering the Call: "I'm Glad I Had a Chance to Serve"
    By The Honorable Tom Ridge

    U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania Governor, First Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Maritime Strategy in an Age of Blood and Belief
    By Vice Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, U.S. Navy

    While the United States keeps a watchful eye on potential global trouble spots, it cannot lose sight of the changing security complexion in Europe, Eurasia, and Africa.

  • Sprinting Through the Tape
    By Major General Thomas L. Wilkerson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    On the afternoon of 5 June 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates stepped to the podium at the Pentagon press room to announce that he had accepted the resignations of Michael Wynne, Secretary of the Air Force, and General T. Michael Moseley...

  • Lots of Bullets, Not Enough Ballots
    By Captain Chas Henry, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    While voting is one of the most sacred privileges of all Americans, military men and women deployed overseas are finding it difficult if not impossible to vote themselves.

    The President of the United States was worried....

  • Guantanamo: Full, Fair, and Open Trials?
    By Andrew Lubin
    The prosecutor who turned on the prosecution tells Proceedings why he did it.

    Designed after 9/11 to house and put on trial those captured in the global war on terrorism, the detainee camp at Naval Station...

  • The Bitter Cost of Business
    By Captain Kevin S. J. Eyer, U.S. Navy
    The Navy must do a better job of retaining one of its most valuable resources—the post-major command captain.
  • Don't Cherry Pick the MAGTF
    By Colonel Robert D. Loynd, U.S. Marine Corps
    Marine TACAIR is a critical component of an even more valuable instrument—the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

    In the April Proceedings, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor put forth a...

  • SOUTHCOM Turns to Soft Power
    By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
    The new Fourth Fleet is focused on Latin America and could become a model for other commands.

    Major changes are under way in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which is altering its traditional military responsibilities...

  • Sustainment from the Deep Sea
    By Lieutenant Colonel James C. Bates, U.S. Army (Retired)
    Of the three U.S. military domains of sea, air, and space, the sea offers the most potential to improve the movement of forces from strategic transportation vessels to joint operational areas and the sustainment of a joint force....
  • Final Salute
    By Jim Sheeler
    In this excerpt from his new book Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jim Sheeler offers a moving tribute to the courageous heroes and their brave families who have made the ultimate...
  • Book Reviews

    Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the Western Hemisphere, 1492 to the Present, Volumes I and II.

    David F. Marley. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2008. 1,112 pp. Illus. Maps. Index. Glossary. $195.


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

    In Peace and War: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point

    Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Chloe G. Kline. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008. 523 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index...

  • Professional Notes

    Smart Mines and Degaussed Ships: Using All Our Tools

    By John J. Holmes

    Mines are cheap and dangerous. An adversary can deploy them covertly without directly confronting a naval vessel. Since 1950, mines have inflicted on the U.S....

  • Oceans: Icebreakers—A Dying Breed?
    By Don Walsh

    While the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, ice conditions there as well as on northern seas and lakes will require icebreakers for many years to come. The same will be true for the high latitudes of the Southern...

  • U.S. Navy: To Be or Not to Be. . . The New DDG
    By Norman Polmar

    The window of opportunity for constructing the advanced DDG-1000 guided missile destroyer, formerly the DD(X), will remain open for a few more months. And, in addition to carrying out current missions and tasks, the ship could be the critical...

  • World Naval Developments: How Not to Design a Warship
    By Norman Friedman

    David K. Brown, a senior British warship designer and for many years a major historian of British naval design, died on 16 April. Brown was personally responsible for the preliminary design of the Tribal-class frigates (Type 81) of the 1950s and...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    The Turkish government took a major step forward in its plans to upgrade the navy's frigate fleet when it requested the purchase of six MK 41 vertical-launch systems (VLS) and their associated electronics from the United...

  • Lest We Forget: Ace in a Day
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In October 1942, the Americans on Guadalcanal were in a fight for their lives. Henderson Field was riddled with bomb craters, wrecked U.S. aircraft were strewn about, and luxuriant jungle vegetation had been replaced by broken trunks protruding...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Forbes Oral History is Available

    Support from several sources has allowed the Naval Institute to complete the late Vice Admiral Bernard B. "Beetle" Forbes' oral history. Our thanks to the Tawani Foundation for its ongoing...

  • From Our Archive

    'Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine,
    shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?'

    -Woody Allen (1935- )

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