AP (Gerald Herbert)

Editor's Page

By Robert Timberg, Editor-in-Chief
January 2008
The Sword and the Olive BranchI feel confident you'll find this month's Proceedings, our annual Surface Warfare issue, bubbling over with fresh ideas and perceptive commentary. We lead off ...

Firing on the Up Roll: Tet Remembered

By Harlan Ullman
January 2008
What an irony! This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War and a campaign that has become largely forgotten except by ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

From Our Archive

January 2008
'It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise.'-Eric Hoffer (1902-83) That adage about a photograph is quite apt in this instance. There are no words to accompany this haunting ...

Naval Institute Foundation

January 2008
New Year's Resolution: Planned Gift for USNIFor most people, the start of a new year is a time for reflecting and planning. We think back on the previous year's events—complete ...
Naval Historical Center


By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2008
With the Pacific war in its third year, William Parsons wanted—indeed expected—to be commanding ships at sea at this point in his career. But fate, and his own special capabilities ...

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
January 2008
On 5 October 2007, Belgium retired the Westdiep, its fourth and final Wielingen-class frigate. The ship, shown here, was constructed at Cockerill shipyard in Hoboken, Antwerp, and was ...
U.S. Navy (J. Gregorski)

Professional Notes

January 2008
Etiquette at SeaBy Captain Joe Sensi, U.S. NavyWith battle group operations less frequent today, along with the advent of e-mail, chat rooms, and telephone access at sea, many at-sea and ...

Books in Brief

Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
January 2008
The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 451 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $50. This printed companion to the recent ...

Book Reviews

January 2008
Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First CenturyRalph Peters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007. 384 pp. Maps. $27.95.Reviewed by Eric OsborneRalph Peters, a retired ...
u.s. marine corps (tracee l. jackson)

Nobody Asked Me, But . . .Fewer Medals Faster

By Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
January 2008
Remember the days when generals and admirals like Marshall, Eisenhower, and Nimitz chose to wear only a single row of ribbons on their uniforms? When to be "mentioned in the ...
northrop grumman

Now Hear This: Bait and Switch

By Captain James C. Howe, U.S. Coast Guard
January 2008
Did the Navy's future littoral combat ship (LCS) sail for the first time on 4 December 2007, painted in Coast Guard colors?On a clear morning and in light winds, the ...
Eric Smith

Comment & Discussion

January 2008
Clausewitz 2007(See K. K. Miller, p. 10, December 2007 Proceedings)Captain Rick Jacobs, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)—In his analysis of the Vietnam War, On Strategy, the late ...

A Remembrance: '31-Knot' Burke

By Lieutenant Commander John Gordon Forester Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
January 2008
In his first-class year, an NROTC midshipman is assigned to the cruiser Macon with the heady task of serving on the staff of a future CNO, then-Rear Admiral Arleigh Burke.
U.S. Navy (Jason McCammack)

Training for the Wrong Fight

By Lieutenant Commander Rory Berke, U.S. Navy
January 2008
Naval intelligence must stop looking at threats through a Cold War lens, recognize that the enemies have changed, and realize that this discipline is more relevant than ever.

Stop Blaming the Press

By David J. Danelo
January 2008
Contrary to what may be the prevailing military opinion of journalists, the lion's share of the war reporting has been fair.
u.s. navy (ron reeves)

Separate but Equal

By Commander John K. Hafner U.S. Navy Reserve
January 2008
A licensed master mariner says its high time the Navy's line officers become specialists, not just generalists/careerists.
U.S. Navy (Gabriel R. Piper)

A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century

By Lieutenant Commander David K. Richardson, U.S. Navy, Major Lane V. Packwood, Idaho Army National Guard, and Daniel E. Aldana
January 2008
With humanitarian assistance/disaster response now prominent in the operational mix, we need an international plan for the Pacific.
lockheed martin

Is the 313-Ship Fleet Realistic?

By Commander Otto Kreisher, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
January 2008
If the Navy and the contractors building the littoral combat ship don't hammer out a deal soon, the answer to this question is likely no.

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