US Naval Institute Proceedings - April 1981

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 107/4/938, April 1981.

Front Cover, U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 107/4/938, April 1981. GGA Image ID # 1d0ac265e9

On the Front Cover

Without question, the carrier battle group is the centerpiece of U. S. naval offensive power at present. The prizewinning essay beginning on page 26 questions the notion of putting so many eggs in only a few baskets. And an analysis of the F-18 procurement program, on pages 116-118, argues that the Navy may even be buying the wrong kind of eggs. Photo by Fred Maroon.

Issue Summary

The April 1981 issue articles include Thinking Offensively; Peacetime Admirals, Wartime Admirals; Neither Navy was Ready; The Bismarck Lesson; Justice in the Soviet Navy; Building a Fleet to Suit the Market and the Military; and more.

Table of Contents


  • Thinking Offensively
    By Lieutenant Commander T. Wood Parker, USN
    Although the United States is a peace-loving nation, the Navy must shed its defensive mind-set if it is to deter war.
  • Peacetime Admirals, Wartime Admirals
    By Captain William Outerson, USN (Ret.)
    The peacetime promotion system often stultifies or forces out the men who would become the best wartime flag officers.
  • Neither Navy was Ready
    By Williamson Murray
    Both the British and the Germans made faulty analyses of the future in preparing for World War II.
  • The Bismarck Lesson
    By Commander Strafford Morss, USNR (Ret.for today
    The sinking of the Bismarck in 1941 by inferior ships has a message in the question of quality versus quantity.
  • Justice in the Soviet Navy
    By Commander Andrew P. O'Rourke, JAGC, USNR
    The Soviet Navy's conception of punishable offenses far exceeds that of our own naval services.
  • Building a Fleet to Suit the Market and the Military
    By Commander Lawrance Wheeler, SC, USN (Ret.) and Bernard M. Collins For many years, the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 helped the U. S.-flag fleet suit the market. It does no longer.
  • Renaissance for the Seaplane?
    By William Welling
    New technology and new requirements may provide the opportunity for the venerable seaplane to make a naval and commercial comeback.


Old Navy

  • America Was Well Represented


  • Fighters That Never Got to the Fight, Part I

Leadership Forum

  • Organizational Engineering: Leadership Resource?

Nobody asked me, but

  • The Case for an ASW Warrant

Nobody asked me either

  • The Training Commands Aren't Supporting the Fleet

Book Reviews

  • Goodbye, Darkness
  • Semper Fidelis
  • Arms, Men, and Budgets
  • In Retreat: The Canadian Forces in the Trudeau Years

Professional Notes

  • Shipboard Fuel Economy Navy-Marine Corps
  • Pilot/NFO Attrition
  • Williamsburgh to the Prinsendam's Rescue
  • Boeing's Jet Foil Undergoes Royal Naval Evaluation
  • Our Expatriate Navy
  • The Coast Guard's New Surveillance Aircraft
  • Old Goats Still Spry
  • Writing for the Proceedings
  • F-18 Hornet: Did the Navy Get Stung?
  • The U. S. Navy 125


  • Problems and Options

Other Departments

  • Secretary's Notes
  • Comment and Discussion
  • Books of Interest
  • Notebook

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. Copyright © 1981 U. S. Naval Institute. Copyright is not claimed for editorial material in the public domain. U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings (ISSN 0041-798X)

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