posted on May, 4 2006 @ 02:50 PM
First off.....this is completely without using nuclear weapons or any other WMD.
Hokay. Recently theres been a crap load of amounts of all these new weapons systems, mostly being advanced by the enemies of the United States ie.
North Korea and Iran. After reading Red Storm Rising and doing some research it actually seems to me that if another huge war were to break out the
United States could actually lose.
Now, the reason I think this is because all of our systems were made to counter a major force vs a major force war, like what was probable in the Cold
War. These systems would still work for a major force, but in the end it would end up being a huge guerrilla war because it has been proven time and
time again that the US really doesn't fare well in that kind of war. There are however new systems like the strykers that are meant to be more
maneuverable than the old school and very bulky things like the M1's.
After doing some research it seems that if war broke out it would be a major air campaign conducted by the United States. The only problem is we
don't have a very very formidible bomber force. All of our planes are top of the line, but I honestly believe that our strategic strike aircraft
would be taken out fairly quickly. We only operate 94 B-52 bombers, which would be the main heavy bomber, then we only have 24 B-2 spirit bombers,
along with 36 B-1 Lancers. This would be a fairly formidible strike force, but the only one of these that would have a major chance of getting through
would be the B-2. Those are some of the only aircraft that could operate out of forward operating bases in other parts of the world. However with all
the new advanced anti-air munitions coming out, the B-52's would be at a very very severe disadvantage, and the B-1's would also face a fairly high
risk. Even with a good fighter escort these aircraft would be suceptible to SAM's and Anti-Aircraft Guns. This is where the US would be open to
attack, but could be countered by a gracious amount of tomahawks and other cruise missiles being used to take out radar sites.
The other problem could come at sea. Before, the United States never had to worry about anything because the only thing that could really destroy a
carrier battle group a nuclear weapon, which would escalate any war. That is something that people did not want to happen. Now however, there are
weapons that can penetrate the defenses of even the Carrier Battle groups' CIWS. One of these is the Sunburn missile. It is seen as possibly the
biggest threat to the group. Then with the Shkval and Iran's new torpedo the carriers may face new problems.
Then on the ground, the US would pretty much clean house at first when other countries tried to pit their tank forces against the M-1's. However this
would eventually turn into a big guerrilla war. I think that is where the US would have big problems. Now I'm not saying that the US would get the
crap kicked out of it in the next big war. I'm just saying that maybe, after a lot of cutbacks and the WoT the US wouldnt have the big advantage that
a lot of people think it would. The citizens would also have to get used to war. That could be something that would limit the war. People are always
complaining, we dont put enough trust in the generals. Anyway, what are some opinions. This is just some thoughts, kind of pointing out some weak