Proceedings Magazine - October 2010 Vol. 136/10/1,292


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  • Editor's Page
    By Paul Merzlak

    In the spring of 1982, the world watched intently as two determined nations inched toward war over the disputed Falkland (or Malvinas) Islands. The clash between Great Britain and Argentina featured the first major naval combat between fleet...

  • Comment & Discussion

    No More Walter Reeds

    (See N. Koch, pp. 46–52, September 2010 Proceedings)

    Commander Peter Gregory, U.S. Navy (Retired)...

  • Now Hear This: Consistency Counts
    By Bruce E. Miller

    President Barack Obama has unquestionably brought new energy to the battle against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the threat of nuclear or biological terrorism. What he has not brought is a dramatic change in U.S. policy or our actions to...

  • Nobody Asked Me, But. . .Put Naval Officers on the Ground
    By Lieutenant Chris Deluzio, U.S. Navy

    The counterinsurgency-intensive war in Afghanistan, and until recently in Iraq, is being principally fought on the ground by our brothers and sisters in the Army and Marine Corps. With some notable exceptions (SEALs, explosive-ordnance-disposal...

  • Answering the Call: 'A Recipe for Success'
    By John Besh

    He is a nationally known chef who operates “Restaurant August” and other eateries in New Orleans. John Besh’s recipe for success has been to have joined the Marine Corps right out of high school. He says the Corps imbued him...

  • From the Deckplates: Retirement Benefits in Perspective
    By Senior Chief Jim Murphy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Growth in the defense budget has led Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to seek savings across the department. Two of the most treasured benefits of military service, health care and retirement pay, are considered primary targets for cost...

  • 'Tipping' the Future Fleet
    By Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired), Antonio Siordia, and Scott C. Truver
    The course ahead for the Navy of the mid-21st century is still uncharted. The strategic alternative it chooses now will chart that course, for better or worse.

    In late 2009 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gary...

  • The Joint Force's "Wildcat Offense"
    By Captain Victor G. Addison Jr., U.S. Navy
    The future joint force should be designed around a revamped Navy-Marine Corps Team—but could this mean the end of the “Gator Navy” as we know it?

    As in warfare, success in football is largely determined...

  • Technological Superiority Is Not a Panacea
    By Milan Vego
    The Navy urgently needs to refocus on less tangible but more critical aspects of naval warfare.

    Traditionally, navies put more emphasis on materiel than do armies. This is because naval warfare revolves largely around...

  • The Forgotten Threat
    By Captain Jim Howe, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    It is likely only a matter of time before terrorists attempt maritime attacks in the United States using small vessels. Why isn’t something being done about it?

    Whatever happened to the small-boat threat?

  • The Day Before
    By Walter Slocombe and Daniel Gerstein
    A biological attack is a more likely terrorism scenario than a dirty-bomb strike; the time to prepare is now.

    The recent Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism “believes that unless the world...

  • A Frontier Aflame
    By Colonel John C. McKay, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    The United States and Mexico must move quickly and decisively to quell the current crises on their border. Not to do so is to invite dire consequences.

    Growing tumult along the U.S.-Mexico border poses a strategic threat...

  • Staggering to War in the Falklands?
    By Captain William Dempsey, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    More than 28 years after Argentina and Great Britain went to war over a group of rocky islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean, their governance is still being contested.

    Today, a British nuclear-powered submarine armed...

  • Running on Empty
    By Craig Hooper
    Pressed by a brutal operations tempo, evolving strategic challenges, and a shifting Fleet structure, the Navy’s aging oilers can no longer be taken for granted—new oilers are needed now.

    They may be unglamorous...

  • Revive the General Board of the Navy
    By Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    With the Navy again grasping for a coherent shipbuilding strategy, now could be a perfect time to revisit the General Board concept.

    Secretary to the Joint Board Jarvis Butler pointed out the following in 1930: “...

  • Book Reviews

    Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

    Robert D. Kaplan. New York: Random House, 2010. 384 pp. Maps. Illus. Index. $28.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve

  • Professional Notes

    Collaboration Means Sharing Information

    By Frank J. Sisto and Alicia Belmas

    Global and regional partnerships and collaboration are critical elements of effective maritime domain awareness. They contribute to...

  • Naval Systems: Ten Years Later, Cole Antenna Back in Service
    By Edward J. Walsh

    Ten years ago this month, on 12 October 2000, al Qaeda terrorists attacked the Arleigh Burke–class destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) in the Yemeni port of Aden by launching an explosive-filled boat against her hull. Seventeen...

  • World Naval Developments: A High-Stakes Game
    By Norman Friedman

    For the past year, the advent of a Chinese “carrier killer” antiship ballistic missile (DF-21D) has been gaining enormous attention. Chinese web chatter about how three salvos of such missiles could sink a U.S. nuclear-powered...

  • Combat Fleets
    By Eric Wertheim

    On 31 August the Oliver Hazard Perry–class frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) was decommissioned from U.S. Navy service and transferred to the Pakistani fleet, where she has been renamed the PNS Alamgir. Originally...

  • Lest We Forget: Five Brave Men
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    It was Thursday, 12 October 2000—the day before the Navy’s 224th birthday—when a small boat approached the USS Cole (DDG-67) in Aden Harbor. Waving to the crew on the main deck of the destroyer, the fanatics in the boat...

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