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Barack and Mitt: The War for the U.S. Navy Has Just Begun

Robert 206 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 7:00 AM
When we were bombarding Wonsan in Korea we had dozens of ships in the 7th Fleet including carriers, destroyers, cruisers, and battleships of the class that has now been retired. Obama and his acolytes seem to want to depend on drones to protect America and the vulnerable sea lanes! At one time the British ruled the waves and the ocean routes. Is America, like Great Britain, now retiring from that critical mission?
DaneChile Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 10:08 PM
No, the grunts won´t go away; we will just train them all to be "special operations capable" as has done the USMC. Before formulating an opinion, research the definition of "special operations" and then consider "capable"
Demosthenes5 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 12:47 PM
Your CONOPs doesn't translate well to a Pacific Rim AOR.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 11:19 AM
everybody always claims that the day of the tank and foot soldier are gone,but it's never true.You always need men and armor to hold and control territory. Same for naval vessels,you need carriers to project power overseas,you can't do it all with long-range bombers and drones.
Curtis108 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:42 AM
Special Forces and guerilla warfare have their uses. They are not the end all and be all.
Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:04 AM
The point could be made that naval warfare has evolved beyond the giant fleet. Smaller, more maneuverable craft are called for. Subs, missile boats, fast recon...

Same with troops. The day of the grunt and the tank are coming to a close. Special Forces and guerrilla warfare are where it's at.

But as usual, the entity with the upper hand yesterday will be the last to accept this fact.
Monday night's final 2012 presidential election debate included a brief but fierce naval battle. The candidates exchanged close-combat broadsides over the size of the U.S. Navy, then fired provocative salvos in the direction of two complex subjects, the capabilities of modern weapons and the deleterious effects of funding cuts required by sequestration on the defense budget, especially planned ship-building programs.

Gov. Mitt Romney opened the engagement. "Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We're now under 285. We're headed down to the low 200s if...