Links of Interest

Just stuff I found poking around the web.

An homage to the 27C modified Essex class aircraft carriers. The author has some great pics, and some interesting notes.

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For my money, Jay Nordlinger is the best writer at NRO. He he gives a little fuller context of Eisenhower’s “military-industrial complex” speech.

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Even as the war in Afghanistan winds down, and as we pivot to the Pacific, the Army still remains critically important. Forbes has a post on why that is.

There might not be an immediate role for the combat brigade teams, but so much of what the rest of the Army provides makes operations by the other services possible.

Bryan McGrath at ID provides a counterpoint for each bullet point.

But I’d like to swipe a comment from that post that I think gets to the core of what the Army provides outside of merely pumping BCTs:

As far as #2 goes, although it’s a fair point to say that the Army’s “joint sustenance” mission is dependent on sea and air power, we should also recognize that sea and air power are in many ways dependent on the Army’s “joint sustenance” mission. After all, the Army still provides the backbone of theater logistics, signals, engineering, force protection, and other critical combat service support functions for the joint force, especially overseas. These sorts of bedrock capabilities are in many ways the Army’s most important contribution to US military effectiveness, and their continued operation is essential for the projection of American power on land, sea, and air.

Emphasis mine.

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