May 16, 2011
Changing Partners

Curse you, Red Menace, why did you walk off the floor and leave us dancing all alone? Osama stepped up and filled the gap for a while, but now folks are starting to wonder if the GWOT was really worth bankrupting the country for.

It’s getting scary here in the Pentagon. Maybe we should try pumping up that old Yellow Peril doll in the attic. If we’re lucky Congress won’t notice we’re already getting our bloated ass whipped with roadside bombs at a couple hundred bucks a copy.

From the Associated Press:

…Land-based drones are in wide use in the war in Afghanistan, but sea-based versions will take several more years to develop. Northrop Grumman conducted a first-ever test flight — still on land — earlier this year.

Van Buskirk didn’t mention China specifically, but military analysts agree the drones could offset some of China’s recent advances, notably its work on a “carrier-killer” missile.

“Chinese military modernization is the major long-term threat that the U.S. must prepare for in the Asia-Pacific region, and robotic vehicles — aerial and subsurface — are increasingly critical to countering that potential threat,” said Patrick Cronin, a senior analyst with the Washington-based Center for New American Security.

China is decades away from building a military as strong as America’s, but it is developing air, naval and missile capabilities that could challenge U.S. supremacy in the Pacific — and with it, America’s ability to protect important shipping lanes and allies such as Japan and South Korea…



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 16, 2011 12:41 PM
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Face it, without an enemy, America would cease to exist.

Posted by: ErgoDan on May 16, 2011 7:39 PM

The Navy is terrified that Congress might notice someday that aircraft carriers serve basically no purpose at all in today's world. For a while you could argue that they were in the grand and useful tradition of gunboats parked safely off shore so they could bombard the shit out of the natives. But that's so 20th century in the age of cruise missiles and rockets.

Posted by: Liberati on May 17, 2011 10:21 AM
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