EarthWindandFire wrote:I was in the Navy and served aboard a nuclear-powered attack submarine, the USS Hartford. I can only say that in no uncertain terms, that the need for a strong military is not only necessary, but vital for your well-being. The enemy is always off our shore, waiting for the United States to grow weak and unwary of the danger they pose. The threat of a Pearl Harbor like attack is ever present and is planned and practiced by our enemies. Like Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, they know that only a surprise attack against our Navy while anchored will have success and have the greatest chance of a devastating knockout blow or at least maximize ship losses. An aircraft carrier cannot take to the seas without armed escort ships and these cruisers and destroyers built today are susceptible to debilitating damage as seen during the attack on the USS Cole. This is why I have been an advocate for the reactivation of the Battleships Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and the Wisconsin. These ships are true monsters of the sea and are just as capable and battle-ready as they were when first built seventy years ago. Age has only proved what their designers knew, there is no replacement for armor and raw fire-power!
I, as well, served in the Navy! However, I don't think number of ships and sailors determine whether we are a strong force or not...I do believe that technology plays an important role in our Navy and military in general. One ship today can do the job of 3 or 4 ships of yesteryear. I believe that cuts could be made in the numbers of ships and personnel when replaced with advanced technology! I also believe this to be true with each branch of our armed forces...however, the technology should be tried and true before our tax dollars are spent on it...Examples: the F-22 and F35 fighter jets! Just my opinion though!