When the USS John S. McCain crashed in the Pacific, the Navy blamed the destroyer’s crew for the loss of 10 sailors. The truth is the Navy’s flawed technology set the McCain up for disaster.
ROBERT STEELE: This is a classic illustration of idiocy that kills. It is also a perfect illustration of Doug Macgregor’s point in Margin of Victory, to wit, decisions made 20-30 years in advance of battle determine the outcome of the battle in advance. Imagine sailing these shit screens into combat with a bare bones crew. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) should be fired over this, this is a classic case of failed command across multiple CNOs. We need a 450-ship Navy that can be replenished at sea, out-gun Third World coastal artillery, and suffer 40% casualties while still being able to fight. This is obviously not the Navy we have today and it is not the Navy planned for tomorrow. The Secretary of Defense should fire the CNO over this and at the same time implement my proposed grand strategy that closes all US military bases overseas and creates a tracked Army, a long-haul Air Force, and a 450 ship Navy with global reach. I fear that the new Space Force is going to do to defense what the Soviets did — make us inept at day to day defense in the weeds.