Originally posted by DaRAGE
World War 2 was big. It was massive on the scale of wars.
Well, also consider that most western industrial nations were mobilized for war, iow entire industries were used for war production. Also, now the US
spend c.f >4 percent of GDP on defense, whereas at the worst in WWII I think it got to around 33 percent.
How many armies have aircraft in that sort of numbers now?
Why should any military have such large numbers now? In WWII, it was necesitated for the allies because the axis built up such large numbers. The
terrorists don't have fleets and brigades, they just have cells.
Or even continually upgrading the aircraft in those numbers? I mena for instance, the USA are making the Joint Strike Fighter and the Raptor... But
how many are they going to build of each? a couple hundred or so.
How useful is that going to be if a large nation, or a few wars break out and it turns into a world war?
YOu mean on teh scale of WWII? Well, there was militarization in germany prior to the war, so that makes things rather different. Britain and the
US didn't have a buildup, but were able to hold the enemy off while they did mobilize and only then did they have those huge numbers. The same thing
would happen now.
IF WW3 eurupts.... what the hell will the figures be?
Utterly different. Any nation like nazi germany, or an alliance like the axis, wouldn't be fought with conventional means. Global Thermonuclear war
is the only appropriate response to that sort of thing. That was the prepared for response for a soviet invasion of eastern europe. Thats why WWIII
already happened, it was the Cold War. I rather like the usage of WWIV for the terror wars. Its a new age of warfare, the widely destructive globe
encompassing wars of the past are over. Nuclear Detterence prevents any country capable of building such large armies from ever using them. Nukes,
however, aren't very effective at minor states and terrorist cells. The Iranians for example, don't have power projection capabilities like the US
or any western power, and are at best a regional power. But on the other hand, nukes aren't effective against them, because their leadership
considers that the country has 'expendable population'. I recall in a news article one of their leaders or mullahs saying 'what does it matter if
a nuclear bomb destroys a million of us? There are millions more'.
These aren't normal states than can be affected by detterence.
BTW.. Without nukes. Just say no nukes were involved.
Oh, I shoulda read til the end before I started responding. But 'no nukes' isn't very reasonable. I would say tho that, if for some unthinkable
reason the US or some other major power wanted to mobilize to WWII levels, that they'd be able to do it faster than before. Logistics are much aided
by modern information processing systems and inventory control methods than in the pre-computer WWII era.