The Navy


While many readers of my points know full well the drums I’ve been beating to upgrade our Air Force, what should not be underestimated are my strong, strong, feelings that we should field a robust, technologically superior, Navy.  Of all the military environments we operate in, none is more important than control of the world’s oceans. 

As hegemon, the US built a Navy that was designed to defeat the Soviet Union and another Japan, but it also had the reciprocal effect of bringing order and stability to the oceans thereby enabling the world an environment that resulted in record trading.  This trading brought millions up from poverty and helped better the lives of people all over the world.  Our own nation, grown from the roots of maritime merchant enterprise, reaped the rewards of this trade by growing a GDP that crested $15 Trillion before the Democrat-imposed financial troubles ruined finances across-the-globe.

Still, trade continues, oil flows, and nations engage in commerce all because of one entity and one entity only:  The United States Navy.

But that Navy is now in trouble, just like the Air Force.  Modernization programs have either been canceled or are not funded at requisite levels to patrol and control the oceans.  This is not a joke, we deter our enemies via the oceans (and the skies).  Geopolitical strategist and Naval genius Alfred Mahan said it best when he said:  “He who controls the Rimland controls Eurasia”, a rebuttal to Mackinder’s belief that world power belongs to he that controls the heartland (Eurasia).  Mahan’s point is compelling because Rimland powers have been global hegemons now for centuries (Britain and the US Navy).  Britain gained maritime dominance because it defeated seafaring competitors Spain (and its very, very good Armadas) and France.  Centuries earlier, the West reversed its fortunes and became a superior society over the Ottoman Empire for one reason and one reason only:  its naval capabilities allowed them to traverse a massive ocean to find a New World, rich with resources and without a huge Ottoman presence that would prohibit their cultivation. 

In essence, the Ottomans were not big on navies (their loss at Lepanto ensured they remained a land force, albeit a MASSIVE land force).  In fact, it was Byzantium’s very good Navy and its “Greek Fire” systems that helped keep Islamic invaders from “sealing the deal”, but it’s navy did not help it against the more powerful Venetians and their Crusader allies at 4th Crusade.

The point is, that for centuries it has been naval power that has made the difference for all the major empires, especially as the world grew larger and larger–clearly it has been naval capabilities that reigned supreme in the modern age.  WWII provides that dialog with utmost clarity:  The US defeated Japan predominantly on Naval power, and Britain was spared a Nazi invasion not because of the RAF, but because the Royal Navy, who controlled the English Channel, would’ve made mince meat of invading German naval forces.  Germany’s only chance then was an air battle, which it lost, but not by much.  

Hence, failure to field the very best Navy able to take on all comers is a strategic and geopolitical mistake of vast proportions.  A dragon is rising in the East, and doing so via a Navy, and right in front of our eyes.  Yet our politicians prefer to spend trillions redistributing wealth and allowing our military, which is the only guarantor of our sovereignty, to rot.

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is an apt depiction of what our politicians are doing to our nation.  Led by the left, who is under the impression that warfare is obsolete and armies are not important, we spend over $1 Trillion on unconstitutional programs, while the one program specifically earmarked in the Constitution is negligently funded.

Both parties are at fault, but this began with Clinton’s gutting our forces in half.  We’d better wake up, or learn Chinese.


US Air Force MSgt (Ret)

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