Proceedings Magazine - October 2008 Vol. 134/10/1,268

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The Coast Guard Commandant says we need a new approach to counter the risks of the small vessel threat in our ports and on our waterways.

In keeping with the traditions of...



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  • Friend or Foe? Tough to Tell
    By Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard
    The Coast Guard Commandant says we need a new approach to counter the risks of the small vessel threat in our ports and on our waterways.

    In keeping with the traditions of the sea-going services, I generally start my day...

  • 25 Years Later: We Came in Peace
    By Colonel Timothy J. Geraghty, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    In a Proceedings exclusive, the commanding officer of the Marine unit devastated by the suicide bombing of its barracks in Beirut recounts the horror of that October day 25 years ago and calls it a seminal event in the war...
  • Editor's Page
    Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief

    Protecting Our Shores

    The lion's share of articles in this issue of Proceedings involves maritime homeland security. Admiral Thad Allen, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, kicks things off witha piece signaling the need for...

  • Comment and Discussion

    An Unlikely Naval Aviation Pioneer

    (See E. E. Christensen Jr., pp. 48-53, September 2008 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Four-Star Flagship
    By Commander T. J. McKearney, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The formation of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been met with both praise and skepticism. The praise has been centered on the logic of establishing this new unified command to dealwith the opportunities and pitfalls for American foreign policy...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Those Who Cannot Remember the Past. . .
    By Master Chief Petty Officer Michael R. Vimislik, U.S. Navy

    The 66th anniversary of the Battle of Midway has come . . . and passed, with little apparent fanfare. Apart from some obligatory message traffic discussing a few of our most significant past naval engagements, there is no firmly established...

  • Answering the Call: "I Learned You Have to be Tenacious—Even Relentless—and You Can't be Deterred by Obstacles"
    By Sumner Redstone
    World War II Codebreaker to Media Giant

    He was still an undergraduate college student when he began a three-year stint as an Army codebreaker, working to decipher the secret messages of the Japanese high command. That...

  • Calling all Boats
    By Bill Parlatore
    A recreational-boating industry pro says an engaged citizenry on the nation's waterways could be a major asset not only in spotting suspicious activity but also in the aftermath of a major maritime disaster.


  • Guarding Our Shores: Is Anyone in Charge?
    By Commander John Patch, U S. Navy (Retired)
    The United States needs to start taking maritime homeland defense seriously. If tiny Israel can do it, why can't mighty America?

    Navigating southeast from the tranquil waters of Cyprus, one finds a sudden change in the...

  • A New Underwater Threat
    By Captain Wade F. Wilkenson, U.S. Navy
    Drug smugglers are now using semi-submersible craft to ferry their illicit goods. Could they also be used to carry other, more deadly cargos?

    In Colombia's western lowland region, a vast labyrinth of waterways extends...

  • Defeating the Unknown Terrorist
    By Captain James Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    We must pinpoint and unmask the ones we don't know.

    Here's how.

  • Not Just a Bad Hair Day
    By Commander Robert W. Witzleb, U.S. Navy, and Scott C. Truver
    Suzie's hair gel is arriving in San Diego. But will a cheap and elusive mine or other explosive device give not just Suzie but the whole nation a lot more to worry about?

    Threading her way through the channel of a...

  • The Border War
    By David J. Danelo
    Border security is a foreign relations problem that cannot be solved by an agency modeled on domestic law enforcement. Our southern border needs the presence of the U.S. military. The author of a new book looking at the U.S.-...
  • Special: A Journey in Time
    By Fred Schultz
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  • Lebanon, After All These Years
    By Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Armstrong, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>
    The author remembers the violent days of 1983 and weighs Lebanon's progress since then.

    It was a Marine major's dream. In early September, 1983, I'd had a little more than three months working in Lebanon when...

  • The Lessons of Ramadi
    By Dick Couch
    We won in al Anbar, and we need to study carefully how we did it.

    Writing a book is often more of a learning experience than a creative endeavor. This was never more the case than when I began work on ...

  • Book Reviews

    The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006  2008

    Bob Woodward. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. 468 pp. Notes. Illus. Index. $32.00

    Reviewed by David Wood

    In his...

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

    Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency

    Thomas R. Mockaitis. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95.

    In Iraq the author sees the U.S. military facing the most complex...

  • Professional Notes

    Proceed with Caution: Helicopter-Borne Air Assaults

    By Earl J. Catagnus Jr.

    Helicopters provide increased maneuverability to the battlefield as well as an outstanding close air support platform for the infantry....

  • Naval Systems: Deepwater Under (Command and) Control
    By Edward J. Walsh

    The Coast Guard's Deepwater team this fall will power up the command and control system installed on board the service's second National Security Cutter (NSC) Waesche (WMSL-751), which is under construction at Northrop Grumman...

  • U.S. Navy: Surface Combatants Adrift
    By Norman Polmar

    The U.S. Navy's leadership is shirking its responsibilities by letting Congress determine the size and composition of the Fleet rather than insisting on a force that reflects the service's view of the

    ships that are needed. The...

  • World Naval Developments: Putin's New Cold War
    By Norman Friedman

    In August the Russians invaded the independent republic of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union and currently a candidate for NATO membership. They claimed that they were defending the enclave of

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Georgia's navy and coast guard suffered heavy damage during Russia's August invasion of its southern neighbor.

  • Lest We Forget: From Independence to Freedom
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On 17 October 1965, Lieutenant (junior grade) Porter Halyburton launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) in his F-4B Phantom. As a member of Fighter Squadron 84, the 24-year-old radar intercept officer had...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    USNI: 135 Years Strong

    Among the half-million images in the Naval Institute's photo archives—one of the largest private collections in the world and maintained through generous gifts of support raised by the Foundation—...

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