An Anonymous reader’s comment sparked a thought for me regarding distributed lethality. Can you imagine, in WWII, sending out a bunch of individual destroyers, vital attack transports with a 5” gun or quintuple torpedo tube, or precious oilers with the same, to look for enemy ships and conduct distributed attacks? What an idiotic idea.
Well, wait, you say, the technology has changed. We now have long range sensors and long range weapons so the distributed ships don’t have to get as close to the enemy. They’ll be able to safely stand off and attack! You’re right, the technology has changed. Unfortunately, it’s changed for the enemy, too. They don’t need to get as close to our distributed ships to attack them.
There’s just no getting around it. A lone ship is not a complication for the enemy’s tactical picture – it’s a floating target waiting to be sunk. If an idea was bad in WWII, it’s bad today! Apparently, the Navy no longer teaches military history.