posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by OldDragger
The problem with satellites is their groundcrew.
Satellites can take wonderful hires pictures to prepare an attack, and they can direct missiles and all sort of drones towards a target, from
practically everwhere in the world.
But if you use them for surveillance, and dont know in advance, in which general area someone will operate or even for what kind of ship you are
looking for, you still need a fairly large group of people, studiyng an incredible amount of image data very carefully to detect a small ship on a
The advantage of a carrier is, that you dont have to capture, build or rent airfields, if you want to achieve air superiority in a given area, but
their upkeep is extremely expensive. Far more so, than simply building or renting airfields for example.
Littoral combat is more about boots on the ground. Its about using the Marine Corps instead of the Navy to project power abroad. Actually useful to
fight smugglers, pirates, do commando raids in failed states....
Robert Gates dared to touch on the issue of restructuring Navy budget and invest money into something actually useful for day-to-day military
business, and conservatives tried to slaughter him for that. He did not even dare to actually suggest cutting any the budget, he only wondered loud
about the possibility of rethinking Naval Strategy.
Well, every empire has their white elephants.