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    Military.com presents a selection of articles from the Naval Institute's monthly magazine Proceedings. Read about the important issues affecting today's armed services. For those in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard wanting something more substantial than news articles and press releases, Proceedings is a must-read.

    October 2005 Articles

    "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday"
    The Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Katrina was the single largest search and rescue operation in its history, rivaled only by the Mariel boatlift and the mass migrations from Haiti and Cuba in the 1990s. Coast Guard crews rescued and evacuated more than 33,000 people in the storm's wake—at least 12,000 by helicopter. Here's the story of what may have been the first of them.

    Knowledge Is Power
    National power is the sum total of any country's present and projected capabilities derived from political, economic, military, social, scientific, technological, and informational resources plus geographic circumstances. Innovative thinking should be an intrinsic part of that package, but the U.S. national security community taps only a tiny fraction of potentially available talent.

    September 2005 Articles

    A Unified Command Plan for a New Era
    Since it was first created in 1946, the Unified Command Plan, the key aspect of the organizational command structure for the U.S. Department of Defense, has been hotly debated. The plan, however, has seen the U.S. successfully through every conflict of the Cold War through the early years of the war on terrorism.

    Naval Intelligence: Transforming to Meet the Threat
    The longest serving Director of Naval Intelligence reflects on the force's transformation since 9/11. It is stretched thin, he says, with personnel providing maritime analysis, embarked in carriers—like Intelligence Specialist Damon Jenkinson reviewing aerial reconnaissance imagery on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)—and embedded with special operations forces.

    Eye-View of Katrina Relief Efforts
    Editors Note: The following emails were sent to Military.com by the Captain of USS Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima has literally become the headquarters, the "center of the universe" for all Federal recovery efforts, DoD as well as civilian, for Hurricane Katrina.  It is on this ship that the myriad efforts have all come together. The emails provide a first-hand account of the tremendous effort being put forth to help all victims of this disaster.

    The Impending Collapse of Arab Civilization
    Slender minarets with muezzins calling the faithful to prayer symbolize the stability and timelessness of the Muslim world. This one in Rabi'ah, a small town on the Iraqi-Syrian border, is a classic—and the Muslim faith is flourishing. Arabs, however, most of whom are Muslims, are not.

    To Guard an Era: American Purpose after Iraq
    Today, three sets of human beings confront one another: those who embrace the 21st Century and its opportunities; those who want out-jihadi, political extremists, violent racial or ethnic separatists, leftover Marxists, and traditional tyrants; and the three billion who live on $2 a day and suffer from overpopulation, starvation. . . and despair.

    August 2005 Articles

    Smarter Security for Smaller Budgets
    What will the shape of tomorrow's Navy and Coast Guard maritime security ship look like? Will it be the littoral combat ship? Or one—or more—of three other ship designs?

    Mobilizing a Nation
    On the outbreak of the Second World War on 1 September 1939, the United States was still in the throes of the Great Depression. Its military institutions hardly reflected those of a great power.

    On Its Own: The Iraqi Navy in 2005
    What will the shape of tomorrow's Navy and Coast Guard maritime security ship look like? Will it be the littoral combat ship? Or one-or more-of three other ship designs?

    A Sudden Victory
    Sixty years ago millions of young Americans were either in the Pacific preparing for Operation OLYMPIC, the long awaited invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, or on their way from the United States and Europe to the huge island bases from which the largest landing operation in history was to occur.

    Al Jazeera: Get Used to It, It's Not Going Away
    From the hot tarmac of Doha international airport, the 104-degree heat, clinging humidity, and dusty skyline make the Middle Eastern state of Qatar's capital city appear a rather uninviting and inhospitable place. The broad sweep of the corniche is just visible in the far distance, its skyline slowly being populated by western-style skyscrapers.

    July 2005 Articles

    Close Air Support Using Armed UAVs?
    The demand for responsive, accurate, air-delivered fires for support of friendly ground forces is as great as it has ever been. The "smaller, lighter" forces being fielded today, while fast and maneuverable, typically lack the ability to deliver the overwhelming firepower of years past.

    Spence Dry: A SEAL's Story
    Early in 1972, two U.S. airmen being held as prisoners of war at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison set in motion an escape plan. In response, the U.S. Pacific Fleet orchestrated what became known as "Operation Thunderhead," a rescue mission that played out that June in the Red River delta.

    Deja Vu All Over Again?
    Eccentric strategic concepts and skewed force structures have been U.S. stocks in trade for longer than most mortals can remember, even though excessive reliance on any theory, concept, principle, school of thought, policy, or other elemental alternative attracts avoidable problems and invites costly failures.

    All the Sisters and All the Brothers
    When reality conflicts with policy, one or the other must yield. In the matter of American women in ground combat, and the larger issue of full equality under arms: Which shall it be?

    June 2005 Articles

    Save the Submarine Shipyards
    Keeping a defense industry going in a democracy has never been easy—but it has always been important. Without two submarine builders, the United States could find itself in a lot of trouble.

    Branching Out
    It took 170 years for the Marine Corps and Frederick and Peggy Branch to reach this moment. In the entire history of the Corps, no African-American had been commissioned until she pinned on his second lieutenant's bars at Quantico on 10 November 1945.

    May 2005 Articles

    Reflections on Vietnam
    It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget.

    January 2005 Articles

    GI Bill Primer
    ""Money for college" is consistently cited as the number one reason people join the military. With the Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) now paying over $1,000 per month to qualified students, program rewards are significant and applicable toward a broad range of educational opportunities."

    December 2004 Articles

    Order a PowerPoint Stand-Down
    "A recent study by a Washington think tank found that children now spend more time playing computer games and watching television than they do reading. Subsequent to the report’s publication, child education and psychology experts speculated about the long-term effects this trend could have on children’s development."

    Interdict WMD Smugglers at Sea
    "The Proliferation Security Initiative seeks to stop the flow of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), in part by boarding suspect vessels and seizing WMD-related cargoes—as exercised here in October 2004 by naval forces from Japan, Australia, France, and the United States."

    Defeating Global Terror
    "The nation is at greater risk today than at any time since the Civil War. Historically, all wars begot new ones. Two decades after World War I, World War II broke out; the Cold War quickly followed. Now, following the Cold War’s demise and the al Qaeda attacks on 11 September 2001, we are engaged in a new and different conflict."

    When Should We Intervene?
    "There are unceasing opportunities for the United States to participate in humanitarian intervention operations—which it chose not to do in Rwanda in 1994. Confronted by women who were party to that genocide and seeking understanding, a West Point cadet proposes criteria for U.S. involvement."

    November 2004 Articles

    Tom Bartlett 2004 Marine Corps Photo Contest
    "In 1997, the U.S. Naval Institute, with support from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, created the Tom Bartlett Marine Corps Photo Contest to honor the memory of Marine Corps photojournalist Tom Bartlett. This year's first prize winner is presented here. Entries for the 2005 contest are due 15 February. Find out contest details. "

    Navy's Reserve Will Be Integrated with Active Forces
    "To meet the national security challenges of the 21st century, the Navy must maximize the effectiveness of all its assets—installations, ships, aircraft, and people—active and reserve. Integration is a priority, and the first step is determining fleet requirements for reserve capabilities."

    Urban Warfare Transforms the Corps
    "Combat is bloody, materiel-driven, and chaotic—here, Marines engaged in Najaf, Iraq. The time has come for the Marine Corps to change the perception that the high-tech U.S. war machine fights at a disadvantage in urban areas. The focus must shift to urban warfare. "

    Supporting Our Own
    "There are a great many ways for us to help our own -- from sending messages of support, to volunteering, or providing financial support to charities focused on helping Servicemembers, Veterans and their families.

    Marines Deliver in Mountain Storm
    "In its deployment to Afghanistan earlier this year, the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) highlighted the contributions Marine air- ground task forces make to joint commands and validated the effectiveness of hard predeployment training.

    October 2004 Articles

    Will Judgment Be a Casualty of NCW?
    "Technology is a powerful enabler, but it threatens to compromise the decision-making prerogatives of the commander closest to the action with the best view to make decisive judgments. "

    Swift Boats: Hard Night on the Bo-De
    "It was the most miserable night I ever spent, because I wasn't 100% sure that we weren't up against a battalion. This was a full colonel Vietnamese Marine who'd been fighting this war for 20 years. He was telling me we were going to get overrun, and he wouldn't move."

    Culture-Centric Warfare
    "Transformation has been interpreted as exclusively technological, but against an enemy who fights unconventionally—as this civil military operations team faced in Afghanistan—it is more important to understand motivation, intent, method, and culture than to have a few more meters of precision, knots of speed, or bits of bandwidth."

    Who's Responsible for Losing the Media War in Iraq?
    "The military laments that its successes in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone unnoticed, while any bad news is immediately set on by a national media intent on painting every U.S. commitment as a quagmire. This might be true, but the military is not without responsibility for this state of affairs. "

    September 2004 Articles

    Experimentation Is the Way to Transformation
    "The Quadrennial Defense Review says we need a DoD-wide reform of the planning, programming, budgeting, and acquisition processes. It also calls for new operational concepts, new capabilities, and an emphasis on experimentation and training. Is anyone listening?"

    Commanding the Contested Zones
    "Lessons learned in Afghanistan and Iraq established the need for improving our capability to conduct wide-ranging netted operations that present more uncertainty to an adaptive and elusive enemy."

    The Big Network Could Save Your Life
    "Integrating networks will transform a command establishment bogged down in red tape and old ways. During the Iraq conflict, digital networking enabled Army General Tommy Franks to use live data to make critical decisions."

    Dispelling the Myth of the MV-22
    "The MV-22 is twice as fast, can carry three times as much, and goes six times farther than the CH-46E. However, it is also an airplane with an image problem, primarily resulting from two highly publicized mishaps that killed 23 Marines four years ago."

    We’re All Recruiters: A Blueprint for Winning the War for Talent
    "By leveraging the power and passion of millions of potential recruiters, the services have a real opportunity to transform how they recruit the next generation of military leaders."

    August 2004 Articles

    SEALS Need Better Support from Naval Intelligence
    "The future success of naval special warfare demands a complete overhaul of the way naval intelligence deploys and trains its assets."

    Naval Forces in the War on Terror
    "In the past year, naval forces have transitioned from conventional combat operations to a complex global politico-military role in support of counterterrorism. Fortunately, they are well suited to the job."

    Education for the Troops
    "How important is education when the socio-political elements of the use of force are growing and sometimes overshadow the military elements?"

    Concerning Iraq, Ask the Warriors
    "I have not heard a word from anyone who actually carried a rifle or flew an aircraft in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and its ugly aftermath. What about consulting the guys who had -- and still have -- the most to lose?"

    July 2004 Articles

    The U.S. Military Is in Bad Good Bad Shape
    "So we see that the military—said to be in such bad shape—is quite solid after all, right? Wrong."

    How to Find a Career After Military Service
    "A job-search campaign after leaving the military is likely to seem fraught with more peril, heartache, and hardships than military life ever did."

    June 2004 Articles

    Defeat al Qaeda on the Waterfront
    "Fighting terrorism involves efforts on many fronts. Anticipating how terrorists will attempt to exploit the Navy's vulnerabilities on the waterfront is key to defeating them."

    Christopher Michel: Cool Tech
    "With a proliferation of new PDA technology on the market, it often is difficult to make sense of all the choices and tradeoffs."

    May 2004 Articles

    'Our Enemy Is Not Terrorism'
    "We are currently in a war, but it is not a war on terrorism. In fact, that has been a great confusion, and the sooner we drop that term, the better. "

    Christopher Michel: General Manager 2.0
    "Many companies fear that military people, while good leaders, lack the business savvy to immediately contribute."

    April 2004 Articles

    Why Are Victims Our Only War Heroes? - "We cannot let the terrorists control the images and perceptions that govern our decisions. We must not forfeit the high ground."

    March 2004 Articles

    We Need Another "Greatest Generation" -"President George W. Bush described the current conflict as a global war on terrorism, and world events confirm the accuracy of his words. ... To meet this challenge on a scale comparable to World War II, we surely need another 'greatest generation.'"

    Charting Your Course -- Graduate Schools Want You - "A graduate degree is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for senior leaders in the armed services and in corporate America."

    Women at Sea: 'It's All about Leadership' - "Admiral Loewer closed the conference by echoing the mantra of the day: 'The CO and master chiefs set the tone for the ship. It's all about leadership.' ... Navy women, she urged in closing, needed 'the courage to make tough decisions in tough circumstances.'"

    February 2004 Articles

    Maneuver Warfare: It Worked in Iraq - "In the Iraqi Freedom conflict, network-centric warfare concepts were not an option for the warriors at the front. Maneuver warfare techniques ... were what built success."

    Charting Your Course: New Act Supports Deployed Personnel - "It is more important than ever that all members of the military community take full advantage of all the benefits and protections afforded them under the law."

    January 2004 Articles

    One Decade Later -- Debacle in Somalia - "The shoot-down of a Blackhawk helicopter on a mission to eliminate two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed was only part of the U.S. story in Somalia."

    December 2003 Articles

    Heroes by Any Definition - "As the nation begins its celebration of the Wright Brothers' first flight, we are afforded an opportunity to reflect on their enormous accomplishment and particularly on the profound effect it had on the future of the U.S. Navy."

    Innovation from the War Fighter - "The war on terror and the accelerating pace of technological change demand innovation in the Navy."

    October 2003 Articles

    Rapid Decisive Ops Are Risky Business - "As shown in Iraq, shock and awe -- and its current incarnation, Rapid Decisive Operations -- promises startling effects with light forces and few casualties."

    Invasion of the Transformers - "'Transformation' is the latest and greatest buzzword in U.S. military affairs. It may already have displaced the loathsome 'robust'—though you no doubt will hear plenty of talk in coming years about 'robust transformation.'"

    The Next Revolution at Sea - "We may never again be in a better position to build on our strengths, innovate and experiment, and push the envelope of operational art and technological genius. The next revolution at sea will not be driven solely by the challenges of our dangerous world, but also by the genius of Americans answering the bell when opportunity comes calling."

    September 2003 Articles

    Best Practices for the Surface Warfare XO - "Whether you will serve as executive officer (XO) at sea or ashore, on a big deck, greyhound, or gator, congratulations! You have signed on to one of the most challenging and demanding assignments in the Navy."

    STOVL JSFs Put Teeth in Sea Basing - "One of the transformational concepts being pursued by the Navy and Marine Corps is Sea Basing, part of the Navy's 'Sea Power 21' strategy. Sea Basing generally is thought about in terms of logistics or as a managed provision of sustainment to units ashore from ships offshore."

    August 2003 Articles

    Courageous Leader in Rocky Times - "Eric Shinseki referred to himself as 'soldier,' not as 'general.' He stood for all that a soldier ought to be. His determination in war and peace makes him an ideal model of the martial virtue, courage."

    What Was the Coast Guard Doing in Iraq? - "Why, in the face of our current homeland security threats, should the nation's primary maritime security force deploy overseas? Because we are good at it."

    It is Time to Transform the Naval Reserve - "It is time to remove the redundant bureaucracy that has separated the reserves from the active-duty Navy and integrate them into the fleet."

    Coast Guard Aviation Gets a New Look - "'As the leader in maritime homeland security,' Admiral Collins said, 'The Coast Guard must have the most capable ships, aircraft, and command-and-control technology available to protect our nation and carry out our many missions.'"

    July 2003 Articles

    Dissent Is Not Disloyalty - "It is better to hear dissent than to stifle it. A key preventative to the hubris of infallibility in making decisions is creating an atmosphere of responsible discussion and dissent."

    E-Mail Is a Two-Edged Sword - "...in the process of modernizing, we must not fall prey to the administrative overhead that can accompany proliferation of information pipes from shore to sea."

    Knowledge Web Plays Big in Transformation - "...information was organized by where it came from, not by how the information would be used during battle group operations. Thus, the knowledge wall itself had no real knowledge."

    Why I Am Failing My Junior Officers - "The obvious question is, What do you do with all these people? The answer: You make up jobs."

    June 2003 Articles

    What Comes After Tomahawk? - "...prudence now requires that we revisit and validate the Navy's need for a 'Tomahawk like' weapon in the face of what we do not know about the future. We do not know how long Tactical Tomahawk will continue to meet our capability needs, or even what those future needs could be."

    Friendless Fire? - "Some say President Johnson recalled the planes out of fear the attackers were Russian and a military response could trigger World War III. Others say the President, who at one stage believed Egypt had attacked the Liberty, was prepared to 'nuke' Cairo."

    Interview - Vice Admiral Timothy J. Keating, U.S. Navy - "'The first one gets through the concrete,' says Admiral Keating, 'the second one goes in deeper and blows up. You're not going to fill that hole overnight.'"

    Sea Warrior: Maximizing Human Capital - "This is the goal of Sea Warrior: to integrate the Navy's manpower, personnel, and training organizations - active and reserve - into a single, efficient, information-rich human resource management system."

    May 2003 Articles

    Mine Countermeasures A Success - "The U.S. Navy's investment in mine warfare is like an insurance policy: you don't want to spend too much, but you are glad you have it when you need it. In this case, our investment paid off."

    Navy Cannot Rest On Its Laurels - "Does the Navy have so few people in its Naval Reserve cargo handling battalions that they could not handle Kuwait and Umm Qasr simultaneously? Or have we gone overboard with civilianizing important requirements?"

    Persistent Combat Power - "One of the reasons our readiness is so good is because, for the first time since I have been in the Navy, we have the right number of people. We are training the right people at the right time in the cycle, and it is all working."

    You Can't Assume Nothin' - "'You can't assume nothin' in this man's Navy.' He was wrong, of course, because military planners frequently must substitute assumptions for absent facts."

    April 2003 Articles

    Global Concept of Operations - "The U.S. Navy's Global Concept of Operations (ConOps) is centered on creating additional, innovative force packages to enhance deterrence and improve our ability to operate in more areas around the world."

    Interview with Captain Terry McKnight - "'To have the opportunity to command a ship in combat is a commanding officer's dream come true. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.'"

    March 2003 Articles

    Interview with Victor Davis Hanson: 'We're Removing Saddam Hussein' - Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most respected commentators on military strategy today. Read his thoughts on Iraq and terrorism.

    The New Arab Way of War - An analyst calls for direct and decisive action against Arab 'assassins' and the societies that harbor them.

    China's Subs Lead the Way - Very quietly, China has been building a formidable sub fleet. Get the details from military analysts.

    February 2003 Articles

    ForceNet: Turning Information into Power - Warfare in the 21st century will depend on integrated technology and weaponry.

    All Ahead Flank for LCS - Meet the Navy's newest and deadliest combat vessel -- the Littoral Combat Ship.

    Understanding Transformation - The most important breakthroughs in the U.S. military will take place between the ears of war fighters and planners.

    January 2003 Articles

    Preemptive Strategy Is Viable - Is President Bush's new national security strategy feasible? Get the view of one military expert.

    Sea Basing: Operational Independence for a New Century - In the decades ahead, the seas will comprise the most independent and secure maneuver space for joint military forces.

    Pacific Faces Crisis in Intel Analysis - "While there are many talented people working long hours in the JIC producing intelligence on a raft of subjects, on close inspection I believe the command is facing a crisis in analysis. The Navy's operational intelligence culture that thrived through the late 1980s is decaying."

    The Top 100 Rules of the New American Way of War - "1. The U.S. military stays ready because it understands that while the world is full of ongoing situations in which it remains involved, it must be prepared for any acts of war against the United States that come 'out of the blue.'"

    Captain Edward L. Beach Jr.: 'His Work Will Live On' - "Captain Beach's life was one of complete dedication to the Navy, its officers, and its sailors—and the nation they defended."

    December 2002 Articles

    'Look Truth Right in the Eye' - You read his weekly columns on Military.com. Now read an in-depth, personal interview with Colonel David Hackworth, and learn about his new book.

    Finding the Moral High Ground in Iraq and Beyond - "Increasingly, countries must make clear that their motives and strategies for conflict are morally justified."

    Scuds Against Al Jubayl? - In February 1991, a single Iraqi Scud splashed harmlessly into the waters of the Arabian Gulf 150 meters from the massive commercial pier at Al Jubayl in Saudi Arabia. Had this missile landed on the ammunition-laden pier, or been part of a volley of multiple missiles, the results could have been catastrophic.

    Put a Swat Team on Every Ship - Every ship needs a well-armed tactical team trained to successfully and safely handle these missions.

    November 2002 Articles

    Preparing for War Takes Study and Open Debate - "We have to create an open process where all ideas are welcomed and subjected to the test of honest debate in many venues."

    Sea Basing: What's New? - Enhanced Networked Sea Basing's time has come. The confluence of technology, concepts, and human ingenuity at some point inevitably calls for a fundamental change in the way tasks are accomplished—or, in some cases, creates completely new tasks.

    Sea Shield: Projecting Global Defensive Assurance - "Sea Shield is about projecting defensive power from the sea. It is key to protecting our nation at home, assuring allies overseas, and dissuading and deterring potential adversaries in multiple theaters."

    One Team - One Fight - Are our military forces still prepared and ready for combat one year after 9-11? The Secretary of the Navy gives his opinion.

    October 2002 Articles

    Sea Power 21 - What does this century hold for naval strategy and operations? Get a comprehensive look at new technologies and strategems.

    Joint Operational Art is Alive - Operational art is enjoying a renaissance -- learn why it has been ignored for so long and why it's making a comeback.

    The Art of Command and Control - The root tenets of command and control are timeless—but they have been lost in the chase for new technologies.

    September 2002 Articles

    Commentary: Justice Still Not Served in Bob Stumpf's Case - The main lesson of Bob Stumpf's experiences is that ultimately the military is subject to the whims of the legislative and executive branches of government.

    Commentary: Iraq - Let's Look Before Leaping - A Special Forces major weighs the strategic outcomes for attacking Iraq.

    One Year Later: Frozen in Time - A Navy officer remembers the horrible events that unfolded at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

    A Leatherneck JSF Is Just Right - With the weapon-carrying capacity and range of a conventional aircraft—and the basing flexibility of short takeoff and vertical landing—the F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter might be the perfect Marine Corps aircraft.

    August 2002 Articles

    Enough Marine Air on Carriers Already - Marine tactical aircraft have flown hundreds of sorties in the war on terrorism over Afghanistan, but there is a limit to how many squadrons the Marine Corps can feed carriers.

    Constancy Amid Great Change - In the aftermath of September 11, it will never again be business as usual for the U.S. Coast Guard.

    It's All in the Family - The new Surface Combatant Family of Ships will bring access and forcible entry capabilities, long-range fires, and precision strike to the 21st-century Navy.

    July 2002 Articles

    Secret Mission to Singapore - Why did the United States send its three most important passenger liners into potential harm's way one month before its entry into World War II?

    Attack on the Cole: Medical Lessons Learned - After the 12 October 2000 attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67), in which 17 sailors were killed and 42 were wounded, the U.S. Navy received a costly education in medical readiness.

    What Can We Learn From Enduring Freedom? - The key to success in Afghanistan was U.S. carrier air power. Still, the conflict revealed some serious problems. The U.S. military is in danger of learning some false operational lessons by overemphasizing technology and targeting.

    June 2002 Articles

    Submariner Receives Navy Cross - Captain Charlie Rush was recently presented with the Navy Cross at the U.S. Naval Academy's Memorial Hall—for heroic deeds performed 58 years before.

    "Open the Gates" - A recent seminar on the service academies was sponsored by the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the Naval Institute on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Military Academy.

    Keep the Military Neutral - A fundamental leadership challenge central to the definition of who we are and what we stand for as United States military officers has been highlighted: keeping the U.S. military politically neutral.

    Marching Toward Athens? - Is the Military Academy drifting away from the Spartan ideals that produced soldiers such as MacArthur, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton and marching steadily toward the ivied walls of academe, an area in which the Military Academy cannot—and should not—compete?

    May 2002 Articles

    CEC Provides Theater Air Dominance - The cooperative engagement capability nets together sensors and fire control systems to counter both aircraft and increasingly capable missiles today—and offers the potential for a joint tracking network to enable a single integrated air picture in the future.

    Sunk Costs Sink Innovation - The tactical component network could be a great leap forward in linking warfighting forces—if given a chance.

    We Can Fix Acquisition - Transformation means continuous change and requires continuous experimentation, but the current acquisition system is out of touch.

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