I saw something on the Internet yesterday that I also saw in the March 2008 issue of “Popular Science.” It was a warship of the future, the Zumwalt. It was named after Admiral Zumwalt, who had Agent Orange sprayed over the Ho Chi Minh Trail to defoliate the jungle so that the enemy couldn’t hide under its cover. His son developed cancer because of it. When his dying son was asked if the substance shouldn’t have been used, he said that if it hadn’t been used, he might not have survived the war and couldn’t have given his father grandchildren. One or more of those grandchildren may join the navy and be able to serve aboard the vessel named after their grandfather.
It uses slanted hull plating to make it a harder target for an enemy radar to detect. It also uses drones, missiles, an electromagnetic rail gun, and 155 mm guns to hit targets on shore. It can also launch small subs underneath the hull so that seal teams can use it. But with Obama’s desire to slash defense spending, there won’t be as many built as there should be.