Proceedings Magazine - September 2009 Vol. 135/9/1,279

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In early August, during the first hour of my first day back in the office after a week's vacation, our communications director, Chas Henry, burst into my office in a state of visible...



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    In early August, during the first hour of my first day back in the office after a week's vacation, our communications director, Chas Henry, burst into my office in a state of visible excitement. "How would you like to spend a few days on...

  • Comment and Discussion

    Blurring the Lines

    (See J. Murphy, p. 12, July 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Carrier Force Reduction: Bad Idea
    By Captain J. Talbot Manvel, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Obama administration is planning a risky and unwise move to cut the Navy's aircraft carrier force during wartime. If the force is reduced to ten by not refueling the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in a couple of years, it will save...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...We Need Helicopters for NSW and Conventional Missions
    By Lieutenant Commander W. Chris Baker, U.S. Navy

    The MH-60S program has faced numerous setbacks as the airframe tries to develop an organic airborne mine countermeasures capability. This presents an opportunity for the Navy to go back to the drawing board to develop a viable MCM solution and to...

  • Answering the Call: 'I Wore My Real Dog-Tags on M*A*S*H'
    By Jamie Farr

    He played the zany Corporal Max Klinger on the antiwar TV comedy hit M*A*S*H during the 1970s and 1980s. But don't mistake him for the Soldier in the dress. Jamie Farr served with pride in the real Army. Here's how he got there and what...

  • From the Deckplates: Get Serious About Security Training
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    After large-scale incidents of lost information in the federal and private sectors, the Department of Defense (DOD) is still not serious about safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Major incidents are not the only threat; small-...

  • It Takes A Carrier: Naval Aviation and the Hybrid Fight
    By Rear Admiral Terry B. Kraft, U.S. Navy
    Carriers still provide capability unmatched by any other weapon system in the U.S. arsenal.

    One need only open a newspaper to see the incredible challenges facing our military today. An unprecedented "high-low"...

  • Call In the A-Team
    By Lieutenant Commander Jesse Hilliker, U.S. Navy
    Most aviation mishaps are caused by familiar hazards. The Naval Aviation Safety program should bring in experienced investigators to help aviation safety officers detect those causes and prevent future accidents.

    Since the...

  • 'Patrolling the Front Lines of History'
    By Lieutenant Commander Chris Flaherty, U.S. Navy
    Maritime patrol aviation must draw from its past to ensure its future.

    Fundamental to the success of the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power is a scalable maritime patrol force able to generate combat power and...

  • The Pilotless Squadron
    By Ensign Daniel Umpa, U.S. Navy
    Unmanned aerial vehicles ensure fewer pilot mishaps andare operated remotely-so why has it taken so long to integrate them into current battlefield strategies?

    Since the dawn of aerial combat, militaries have attempted to...

  • The End of Sea Power
    By Captain R. B. Watts, U.S. Coast Guard
    Memo to Navy leaders still hanging on the coattails of Alfred Thayer Mahan's century-old world view: Wake Up!

    Political economist Francis Fukuyama's end-of-history concept was a popular notion that rose to...

  • No Need for High Speed
    By Milan Vego
    The LCS's missions were not sufficiently studied before construction began, but the design can still be improved.

    The U.S. Navy will soon decide which prototype of the new littoral combat ship (LCS) to accept for full...

  • Getting Inside Their Heads
    By Art Pine
    Mounting psychological and behavioral problems are a growing concern for the military as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq enter their ninth year.

    First came the casualties-the grim tally of military dead and wounded. Then...

  • A Noble Idea in Need of Rehab
    By Lieutenant Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
    The wide range of wounded, ill, and injured service members eligible for and currently receiving special care tends to obscure the weighty image generally conjured by the term "wounded warrior."

    The Wounded...

  • Reinventing Amphibious Hydrography
    By Commander Ronald R. Shaw Jr., U.S. Navy
    Hydrography's importance to amphibious operations was no more apparent than during the 15 September 1950 invasion of Inchon, Korea. As the Marine Corps looks to return to its amphibious roots, will the lessons need to be...
  • Book Reviews

    A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East-from the Cold War to the War on Terror

    Patrick Tyler. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. 640 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $30.

    Reviewed by Peter L. Hahn...

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

    Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Oral Histories from Dien Bien Phu to the Fall of Saigon

    Jan K. Herman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2009. 357 pp. Appen. Gloss. Notes. Bib. Index. $55.

    Jan Herman, historian of...

  • Professional Notes

    Living to Learn From It

    By Lieutenant Commander David K. Sidewand, U.S. Navy

    Crucible events are life-changing, frequently traumatic, and almost always unexpected. Mine, ejection from an out-of-control jet trainer, set in motion a...

  • The Royal Danish Navy: An Operational LCS
    By Norman Polmar

    As the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) program continues to experience delays and massive cost overruns, several Navy officials are looking at potential alternative ship designs. One that

    has recently received high praise from U...

  • Oceans: Nereus Explores the Oceans' Greatest Depth
    By Don Walsh

    On 31 May 2009, the deepest place in the world ocean was visited by the new hybrid unmanned submersible, Nereus. It landed on the seafloor of the Challenger Deep-at an amazing 35,768 feet down-in the Mariana Trench, spending ten hours there. The...

  • World Naval Developments: Russian Arms Industry Foundering
    By Norman Friedman

    Last month the Russian Navy hosted its biennial naval show in St. Petersburg. Usually it showcases Russian naval technology while announcing plans to regain or exceed its Cold War strength.

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    In September, HMAS Sydney, one of Australia's newly modernized Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, along with HMAS Ballarat, an Anzac (Meko 200 ANZ)-class frigate, will officially conclude Operation Northern...

  • Lest We Forget: Pathfinder of the Seas
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In the quarter-century preceding the Civil War, the Navy organized 11 important scientific expeditions that took its men and ships all over the world. The best known of these scientific forays was the U.S. Exploring Expedition, which was...

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