Not since America’s children contributed one penny to fund the building of six frigates has America’s naval capabilities been in such straits. Like those days, plenty of Americans recognize their peril and have begun to reclaim our great Nation from Obama’s unilateral disarmament.
In every service there are different schools of thought that usually reflect the competing missions of that service. In the Air Force, the Fighter Jocks run the show, despite the Air Force being responsible for space, nukes, and high-falutin’ truck drivers for the Army, which does the fighting. The Navy has two schools: the sailors and the warriors. The CNO directed the new admiral in charge of surface warfare to ‘unite the clans.’
Personnel is policy, and policy got skewed away from the primary, secondary, even tertiary purposes for our Navy. GAO’s list of high risks threatening this nation include DoD’s security clearance vetting process. I know other agencies can do the job in roughly 20% of the time, but hey – it’s a money thing. Each new investigator will cost America $1 billion each, if the Defense Logistics Agency audit is any indicator.
Donald Rumsfeld returned. Not in person, but the idea he championed to return America’s military to the second half of the XIX Century. That was a period in which generals in America’s unCivil War remained generals all the way through the Spanish-American War 33-35 years later. Welcome to a return to the world of the career Second Lieutenant! The Professional Private! Given how far off course the Political Correctness Movement has infected the military, it’s only a matter of time before we return to fully segregated ships and units. Who wants to have their life destroyed, not in combat, because eggs get broken making omelets, right?
There’s more important fish to fry – high technology sails on with or without regard to PC. Whomever sees first, understands first, and shoots first tends to win an engagement. To that end, the Chinese PLAN are going SkyNet. They’ll regret that, but it will give them an edge. In a report of good news, General Dynamics is reinvesting in ship building. Can’t wait!
Why is a functioning Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps important? It is no longer obvious, but without naval capabilities, there is no America. It is time get on with rearming America, and its Navy is the first, best place to begin.