Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The myth of America's invincible military
As Rommel said, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. If the other guy is smart, innovative, and really applies a lot of resources, there's always the real possiblity that he'll come up with something that negates the parts of your defense or offense that you were relying on with great confidence. It's certainly happened more than a few times in warfare. My first worry is some kind of focused EMP that blows all the systems in the ships and aircraft and leaves them helpless, while the other guys have somehow shielded or inactivated their systems so they keep functionality. If one side has electronics and the other side doesn't, it's pretty much over right then. A serious swarm of supersonic antiship missiles might be too many for any defensive system to neutralize, and so on. We can only hope there are smart people thinking about this and working on answers. --Del

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