The US Marines are the first to go in, but it is the US Navy that gets them there. History proves that naval fleets have decided who wins. Everyone speaks of the air power being a dominant factor in the outcome of conflict. However, those planes are brought in on ships. The taxi to the theater of operations for any conflict is going to be a ship or boat. This is why it is necessary to concentrate efforts on building up both the Coast Guard and the Navy.
We need the men and women trained to run the systems and we need the vessels. The problem is that in a time where there is not a major conflict in progress, Congress will not cough up the cash to keep the fleet strong. These huge vessels cannot be built overnight. The time it takes to ramp up to go to battle can cost many lives. It is better to keep pace with viable possibilities now rather than try to catch up later. Read the rest of this entry »