Just to reinforce what the above poster said -- It's not as though Russians are genetically superior in the cold..
Are they used to it? Sure.
Does that _really_ matter in a war? No.
Traditionally, the cold impacts supply lines and health, both of which have made incredible advancements since the time of Napoleon, and even World
Would the Russians have an advantage, as their infrastructure takes this into account? Yes.
Is it insurmountable? Does it give them an invincible edge?
Good God, no.
Originally posted by Unknown Perpetrator
How many steel mills are there left in the USA... the plant isn't there to tool up quickly enough
for full scale war and the skill sets aren't there anymore. Not to mention the silicon for all your high tech war toys... it all comes from Asia.
Yes, the US military is the biggest tech wise right now but it's all angled at this unipolar world policing role they currently occupy.
What are you trying to imply? That military technology in other countries is all domestic? That they are able to supply all their own resources?
That the 'assembly line manufacture' of the World Wars is still a viable strategy?
In a real war, countries are going to burn through their limited strategic supply, and rely on allies and diplomacy for resources. There is no
alternative to this, it will happen to every country, to varying degrees.
And really, I don't see Japan _not_ continuing, for instance, to create parts for the F-22 in a World War. If anything, production will increase by
an order of magnitude.
As mentioned in other threads carrier groups are great at projecting power against undersized
low tech opponents and B-2 crews can only be deployed from is current base with nice
air-conned hangers.... come major global conflict do you think the refuelling tankers could
float about all over the global unacosted... what is the overhead of fighter escorts and viability of far flung outposts like Diego Garcia.
Carrier groups also work well against more advanced opponents. Can you prove otherwise? Unless you're assuming there are "silver bullets"; Sunburn,
Brahmos, etc. [Which they are not.] Then this is un-true. Are they invulnerable to low-tech countries? Relatively, yes. Do they lose purpose because
they suddenly become vulnerable? No. Following that logic, the entire armed forces is suddenly useless because it has the ability to be destroyed.
Furthermore, a B-2 is intercontinental. If you think the hangars, within the U.S. Borders, are suddenly going to be in jeopardy -- You're wrong. Will
they be high priority? Yes. Can B-2's suddenly not be used because they require special services? ..No.
I'm not an expert on complete military doctrine but the US model is a comprimise.... total
spectrum dominance in peace time for resource accumulation wouldn't cut it in a global
war against a stronger set of foes. How do US Network-centric warfare system operate when the satellites have been knocked out by the Russians?
There's a real danger of cascade failure on depending too much on tech and when that tech fails or can't be scaled quickly enough
I admit I don't entirely understand the point you're making in the first sentence, so I'll address the latter.
At this point in time, no sane nation would attack space.
Does the U.S. have a _definite_ advantage in its space-borne assets? No doubt. Superiority? Of course.
Take into account though what happens when a satellite is destroyed. Do you remember the Chinese missile test?
If you blew up every military U.S. Satellite, which is necessary given that they are hardened against Electromagnetic attacks, then every other
satellite in orbit would become useless within days, weeks, or perhaps, if lucky, months. That means even simple things like satellite-communication
and GPS would be dead for all nations. Imagine the impact on war-fighting.
In the scenario with no oil coming from the gulf and north Africa the US would grind to a halt. The supply chain model isn't designed for a
long haul major conflict.
Grind to a halt is something neither of us can debate. Unless you can factor in strategic reserve, emergency quotas, etc. Then we can't contemplate
the result, particularly when the majority of our oil comes from .. North America.