Proceedings Magazine - October 2009 Vol. 135/10/1,280

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As this issue of Proceedings went to press, Americans were commemorating the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It seems not a day has passed since that tragic event that...



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    As this issue of Proceedings went to press, Americans were commemorating the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It seems not a day has passed since that tragic event that experts and pundits haven't discussed when and...

  • Comment and Discussion

    No Need for High Speed

    (See M. Vego, pp. 46-50, September 2009 Proceedings)

  • Now Hear This: Getting Our Priorities Right
    By Representative Harold Rogers

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks awoke the United States to the grim reality of terrorism on its own soil and revealed many vulnerabilities in need of immediate attention. We have endeavored to address

    those vulnerabilities through the creation...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But...Why Is Digital Camouflage All the Rage?
    By James W. Hulme

    For years, armed forces service members have proudly worn their uniforms. But now it seems appearance is more important than mundane considerations such as strategy, tactics, and budget.

  • Answering the Call: Two Dreams Came True
    By Eddie LeBaron

    Eddie LeBaron has spent much of his career in uniform—as a Marine and as one of America's best-known football players. Now 79, he says what he learned as a Leatherneck in the 1950s played a key role in making him a better...

  • From the Deckplates: Modernize Navy Advancement
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Navy needs a modern, flexible, and reactive advancement system for its 21st-century enlisted force. Minor changes have been made, but attempts to overhaul the current system have failed. Drastic changes to how Sailors compete for and earn...

  • Tribute: In Memory of the 'Book Doctor'
    By Colonel Keith Oliver, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    Colonel John Grider Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), managing editor of Proceedings from 1985 to 2000, died at his home in Annapolis, Maryland, on 31 August. He was 74.

  • Sailing Across the Bridge
    By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy
    The North American Treaty Organization can advance the security and prosperity of member and non-member nations not only through its land forces, but by cooperating on the seas.

    Think of the Atlantic Ocean as a bridge, not...

  • 'What Our Department Is All About': An Interview with Janet Napolitano

    Among a slew of public appearances, including addresses to the American Legion and the International Association of Fire Chiefs conventions and an interview on NBC's Today Show, the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security...

  • How the Military Supports Homeland Security
    By General Gene Renuart, U.S. Air Force
    A wearer of several wide-ranging security hats takes us inside the domains he commands.

    In my capacity as Commander of U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), I am also Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command...

  • When Disaster Strikes
    By Dr. Steven J. Phillips and Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired) <p>
    In the wake of the next big storm, disease, or attack, we can be ready-by preparing now.

    Experience has demonstrated that U.S. hospitals cannot absorb the thousands of victims of a disastrous event. Following the attacks...

  • A Most Dangerous Link
    By Colonel Steven P. Bucci, U.S. Army (Retired)
    The most likely major cyber threat to the United States is a homeland security problem. We've had the wake-up calls. Will we be ready?

    We live today in the Cyber Era. Each individual one sees on the street carries more...

  • Disorder on the Border
    By David J. Danelo
    A Proceedings regular reprises his assessment last year of cooperation between Mexico and the United States against illegal trafficking across their shared border. Today, a major concern is accelerated violence fueled by Mexican...
  • All Science, No Fiction
    By Gail S. Cleere
    Thinking innovation is the hallmark of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

    In today's world of terrorist plots and fierce natural disasters, this is not the time to sit back on...

  • Special: 'Different Kinds of Courage'
    By Evan Thomas
    In commemoration of October's 65th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a bestselling author defines what true valor meant for both sides.

    Shortly after dawn on the morning of 25 October 1944, the crew of the USS...

  • Revolutionary Robots
    By Lieutenant Benjamin Drew, U.S. Navy
    They're used to defuse IEDs and for disaster search-and-rescue operations and laparoscopic surgery. When will we learn to trust smart machines?

    A quarter-million years ago a particularly resourceful Stone Age caveman...

  • The Maximum 'Bloodletting and Delay'
    By D. M. Giangreco
    Based on years of original research, Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947, a new book out this month from the Naval Institute Press, examines the true projected cost of an invasion of the Japanese...
  • Book Reviews

    Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief

    Richard Sale. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, 2009. 512 pp. Notes. Bib. $27.99.

    Reviewed by Mickey Edwards

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

    Soldier of the Press: Covering the Front in Europe and North Africa, 1936-1943

    Henry T. Gorrell (author) and Kenneth Gorrell (editor). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009. 314 pp. Illus. Index. $34.95.


  • Professional Notes

    A Better Use for Spruance-Type Hulls

    By Captain Robert Lang, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The Spruance (DD-963)-class destroyers were decommissioned well short of their 30-year projected service lives. They were not obsolete or worn out;...

  • Naval Systems: New Middleware Boosts Reliability
    By Edward J. Walsh

    GoAhead Software, a small company based in Bellevue, Washington, announced in late August that it will act as a partner to Lockheed Martin's MS2 business unit for support of the combat system on board the littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS-...

  • Indian Navy: Joining a Special Club
    By Norman Polmar

    India is about to join an exclusive naval club-those countries that build and operate nuclear-powered submarines. The Ship Building Centre at Visakhapatnam launched the nuclear-propelled submarine Arihant ("destructor of enemies") on 26...

  • World Naval Developments: A Great Equalizer?
    By Norman Friedman

    In July India launched its long-awaited nuclear-powered submarine, Arihant ("destroyer of enemies"), formerly the more-or-less secret Advanced Technology Vehicle. Her main weapon, the Sagarika medium-rangemissile, had already been...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    Denmark recently retired all three of that nation's Niels Juel-class missile corvettes. The ships' retirement in mid-August marked the end of service for three very capable and well-armed warships that had served the...

  • Lest We Forget: An Odious Practice
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Early on the morning of 22 March 1820, two naval officers faced one another on a small field outside of Bladensburg, just over the Maryland line from the District of Columbia. In a calm voice one of the men addressed the other across the short...

  • Naval Institute Foundation

    In Appreciation: Wayne E. Meyer

    Retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, age 83, died on Tuesday, 1 September, at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He was a 35-year member and a generous Naval Institute supporter.

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