"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
If I were in charge, literally every new device the military used from here on out would involve lasers somehow. Laser grenades. Laser vests. Laser trucks. Laser toothbrushes.
Because seriously, who would mess with us then?
One of you will end up here next!
There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.
Originally Posted by PogueMoran
I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.
I didn't see where in the article that the ALTB had been canceled. TIA.
“Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001
Urgents UNS is exactly my point. Why is the commander in the field having to purchase tactical slings, body armor, and radio systems? Never in our history has this been the path of our supply. Had our defense industry been doing what it was supposed to do, while being controlled by our politicians as they were supposed to do, we would not have the problem we have today. We have so many different systems amongst the branches and within the branches that it has wrecked some of our integrity to operate. One unit does things very different from another and it is based mostly on the equipment someone bought off the Internet from one year to the next. Every year, units showed up to a new Iraq. Units that left Iraq in 2004 came back in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, etc. to new and different equipment. Units fell in on systems that had been purchased and installed by those before them only to replace the equipment with something even newer before the next unit arrives. It was bad enough when our units had to take a month to re-learn the new environment every time they returned without having to train Marines on equipment every time because they've never seen it before. This is not the way to do business. In the past, we had to contend with a government that wasted money on toys. Today, we have to contend with the same thing plus what the Urgent UNS system has created.
And it all goes back to the abuse and neglect our Defense Industry has been allowed to get away with by those who know no better. The motto used in Congress to sell big war toys, "Nothing is too good for our troops," is no good when the troops are having to purchase what they truly need on their own.
Last edited by MSgt; 02-21-10 at 12:34 PM.
We do need to work on this occupation of a hostile country and guerilla warfare/anti-insurgency part--with upgrades in equipment and tactics that we are continuing to do. For example getting the MRAP fielded...not perfect, but a nice upgrade don't you think? It has saved lives, but of course not a lot can save you from an EFP.
As far as fighter jets, there already are aircraft out there that are better than ours, and we are falling behind, and as I mentioned in another thread about the F-22: The proliferation of advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems pose problems to the F-15 and F-16s survivability. The F-22 has higher survivability chances because of it's low observability to radar systems. Also F-22's can engage more targets and at greater distances, so you would not need as many F-22's as you would F-15's.
Additionally, I found this site that brings up some interesting points from a USMC prospective since air power is something all services have to deal with: F-22A Raptors for the Marine Corps
A quote from it:
“…In modern warfare, the old F/A-18A/C/D Hornets have little capability against new Sukhois [Su-35s] and SAMs. The ‘Super Hornet’ is already obsolete. The much delayed, untested, battlefield interdictor Joint Strike Fighter was never designed to impose air dominance against modern ACFs, nor will it penetrate a modern IADS with SAMs that can detect and fire on the radar returns from pigeons when the radar reflections of the Joint Strike Fighter will be more of the size of a goose. Courage in the face of a technologically superior enemy unjustly results in the death of many fine warriors…”
"Shock and Awe" was a hold over retardation from Rumsfeld's idea of our rediculous Gulf War imagined future.
The Army spent the entire decade of the 90s preparing for big box wars while the Marine Corps spent the decade preparing for Somalia type scenarios. The Air Force looked towards China as the future enemy (F/A-22) and the Navy relied upon their support towards the Marines as their means to mattering in any scenario.
This is fact and I can offer you some outstanding readings from Ralph Peters if your like. He is a former Lt.Col. in the Army who spent the majority of his career in Europe in the intel world and now spends an enormous amount of time going on analyzing missions for the White House (Bush and Obama) and as a military voice on popular news.
Last edited by MSgt; 02-27-10 at 12:09 AM.