Proceedings Magazine - September 2008 Vol. 134/9/1,267

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Chairman & CEO, FedEx Corporation

In 1971 Fred Smith, a young Marine veteran just two years removed from combat duty in Vietnam, set up a company that guaranteed...



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  • Answering the Call: "What the Marine Corps Taught Me Can Be Seen Every Day in FedEx"
    By Frederick W. Smith

    Chairman & CEO, FedEx Corporation

    In 1971 Fred Smith, a young Marine veteran just two years removed from combat duty in Vietnam, set up a company that guaranteed overnight delivery of goods between several U.S....

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

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    Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

    Peter R. Mansoor. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 416 pp...

  • Book Reviews

    Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq

    Linda Robinson. New York: Public Affairs, 2008. 391 pp. Map. $27.95
    Reviewed by David Wood

    "Pull over! Pull Over!"...

  • Comment and Discussion

    War on (Buzz)Words

    (See K. Bateman, pp. 20-23, August 2008 Proceedings)

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 15 July, ThysssenKrupp Marine Systems' Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipyard (HDW) in Kiel, Germany, launched the first of Portugal's new Type 209PN air-independent propulsion-equipped submarines. The vessel, named...

  • An Unlikely Naval Aviation Pioneer
    By Rear Admiral Ernest E. Christensen Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Trained as an apprentice machinist in Germany, a teenage Scandinavian joined the U.S. Navy early in the 20th century, rising to the rank of chief machinist's mate on ships before turning his attention skyward.

  • Brother Death
    By Robert Earle
    The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming Naval Institute Press book Nights in the Pink Motel: An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace.
  • Editor's Page
    Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

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    Something I Wish I'd Said

    Last month, after publication of the Coast Guard issue in which we annually celebrate the birthday of...

  • Al Qaeda's Demise-Or Evolution?
    By Lieutenant Colonel F. G. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Al Qaeda adjusts its failed strategies. So far the network has not produced a positive vision for its adherentsand neither have we.

    We have almost passed the seventh anniversary of 9/11, which demarks...

  • A Grizzly from the Coral Sea
    By Tom Lea
    For one man in the wartime Pacific, a grizzly bear was big medicine.

    Combat artist Tom Lea spent 66 days on the USS Hornet (CV-8) off Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942 on assignment for Life magazine....

  • Afghanistan - The War Escalates
    By Andrew Lubin
    A Proceedings correspondent embeds with a Marine rifle company to provide a glimpse of that other war we thought we had won years ago.

    GARMSIR, Helmand Province  The daytime temperatures...

  • Lest We Forget: First, A Role Model
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    A mixed fleet of destroyers, cruisers, and lumbering amphibs were making their way home from duty in the Mediterranean. Ahead of PIM (position and intended movement), the admiral in charge decided to take advantage of the extra time available and...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Save the Greens
    By Lieutenant Casey Bates, U.S. Navy

    Without question, the return of service dress khaki has been welcomed by many officers and has even begun to make waves among the ranks of midshipmen and officer candidates. This classic uniform displays the Navy's strong sense of tradition....

  • Now Hear This: Maintaining Our Global Maritime Primacy
    By Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    More pundits are declaring the end of the aircraft carrier's relevance; it is fashionable to eulogize the centerpiece of our naval preeminence. These "experts" declare that advances in weapon technologies have made the big ships...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    Gifts That Live On

    The posthumous generosity of two longtime members will help strengthen the Naval Institute in the coming years. We have received the final payment of a bequest from the late Charles W. Godwin of Hallandale, Florida,...

  • Oceans: Illegal Aliens in Our Waters
    By Don Walsh

    There is a huge illegal immigrant problem in this country and it doesn't involve human beings. Marine organisms brought to our shores by ships from overseas are wreaking havoc with our inland freshwaters.

    While some attach themselves...

  • Pulling Gs: The Pilot's Body Sets the Limit
    By Ensign Eric Page, U.S. Navy
    The greater the aircraft's maneuverability, the more the pilot needs to do to counteract the physiological effects of high inertial forces.

    In April 2007 Blue Angels pilot Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis went down in...

  • Taking Out Saddam's Floating Pleasure Palace
    By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Smart move or mindless destruction?

    Five days into the combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. Navy F/A-18s and an S-3B struck Saddam Hussein's prized presidential yacht, al Mansur (The Victor...

  • Professional Notes

    Give Information Personnel More Training and Credibility

    By Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Interpretive James Murphy, U.S. Navy

  • Fish or Cut Bait
    By Ensign Jaden J. Risner, U.S. Navy
    If the Navy is to be a full partner in special operations, it needs a dedicated organic helicopter unit.

    Today, the U.S. Navy faces a limited traditional naval threat. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Navy's...

  • An Affordable Global Presence
    By The Honorable Donald C. Winter
    We need a more cost-effective Fleet.

    Our nation's maritime strategy reaffirms the use of sea power to influence actions and activities at sea and ashore, including the need for our naval forces to support humanitarian...

  • Special: A Panama Canal for a New Century: Wider, Speedier, Busier
    By Commander Robert W. Selle, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    The U.S. Navy's laudable decision to stand up the Fourth Fleet (for the second time) on 1 July 2008 is welcome news for all those who believe in the progress and benefits of globalization and especially the role our Navy will play in the...

  • New Flagships of the Fleet?
    By Ensign Jeff Vandenengel, U.S. Navy
    Submarines have long played a key, but less visible, role than carriers in the Navy. The conflicts of the 21st century signal it may be time for a big change. Sub junior officers can and should lead the way.

    "Of all...

  • World Naval Developments: A Shift to Soft Power
    By Norman Friedman

    In July, Defense Secretary Robert F. Gates approved a new national defense strategy that formally made the war against terrorists the overriding priority. It emphasized the role of allies and partners in a

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