You all know about the recent USS Fitzgerald collision with a merchant ship that heavily damaged and nearly sank the destroyer. Now, another collision has occurred between the USS McCain and a merchant tanker. Several sailors are reported missing or injured. Damage appears to have been severe. No further details are available at this time.
What I would like to comment on is the Third Offset Strategy and the Navy’s much-hyped distributed lethality plan. Both depend on absolute and extensive knowledge of enemy activities and locations. Somehow, almost magically, we’ll know where all of their assets are and what they’re doing while remaining hidden, ourselves. That sounds great on paper but is going to fail miserably in war. How do I know? Because we can’t even keep track of giant merchant ships that sail right up to us and ram us!!!!!!! So, how are we going to find and track small, stealthy military assets that are using intentional deception, stealth, electronic warfare, jamming, and decoys? We aren’t!!!!!!!!! Our offset strategy and distributed lethality plans are idiotic and we’re being rammed with proof of that on a recurring basis.