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February 1979 Proceedings Magazine: United States Naval Institute

February 1979 Proceedings Magazine: United States Naval Institute

United States Naval Institute Fowtiary I1)711
Volume 1 on Y 11I


The Politics of Parity
A Marine Corps officer who has observed White House policymaking at close hand argues that it is now—after many years—time to take the U.S.S.R. seriously as a nuclear threat.
By Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. McFarlane, USMC
Setting Shipboard Priorities
In today's Navy, the "flap and flail" atmosphere often produces any number of items listed as "top priority." What seagoing officers need is a vertical priority list—not a horizontal one.
By Lieutenant Commander Kenneth R. McGruther, USN, and Lieutenant Commander John P. Morse, USN
Toward a National Merchant Marine Policy
For years, the Maritime Administration has been paying construction and operating subsidies in an attempt to upgrade the U.S. merchant fleet. It hasn't worked; perhaps something else ought to be tried.
By Colonel Lane C. Kendall, USMCR (Ret.)
Bring Back the Corps 48
At various times in the past, an Engineer Corps and a Construction Corps oversaw design, construction, and repair of U.S. Navy ships. By whatever name, now is the time for revival of such a corps.
By Rear Admiral Philip W. Snyder, USN ( Ret.)
Misuse of the Fast Battleship in World War II
Rear Admiral Willis A. Lee, Jr., fought a successful battleship action against the Japanese in 1942, then spent the rest of the war waiting in vain for another chance to show what these superships could do.
By Malcolm Muir, Jr.
In this painting by Jack Coggin, the South Dakota (BB-57) heads a column which includes other ships of her class (see page 57). Commander Edward J. Mathews was on board the "Sodak" when she and two sisters bombarded the island of Honshu in 1945 (see page 74).
Pictorial—Scrapping Our World War II Navy
Only a few dozen ships built during World War II are still in active service. Most of their contemporaries have since been cut up and hauled away to be recycled.
By Mel Fredeen
Departments Secretary's Notes
Comment and Discussion 23
Old Navy 7
Leadership Forum 76
Nobody asked me, but . . . 88
Book Reviews (.92)
Books of Interest to
the Professional 97
Professional Notes 101
The U.S. Navy:
Mine Countermeasures 117
Notebook 121
The opinions or assertions in the articles are the personal ones of the authors and are not to be construed as official. They do not necessarily reflect the views of either the Navy Department or the U.S. Naval Institute.
Proceedings is published monthly by U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Md. 21402. Second-class postage paid at Annapolis, Md. and at additional mailing offices. Memberships/Subscriptions $15.00 one year U.S.A. Copyright C) 1979 U. S. Naval Institute.

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