ComNavOps has already roundly and soundly mocked and discredited this concept for a variety of reasons including :
- The impossibility of supporting and supplying bases inside enemy territory
- The implausibility of believing that a base can stay hidden
- The impossibility of sailing through enemy territory with impunity and invisibility to deposit Marines and aircraft at these hidden locations
- The near uselessness of a small number of aircraft in terms of any operationally benefit
- The impossibility of maintaining modern stealth aircraft at any useful degree of readiness in a remote, crude, island base given the impossibility of doing so during peacetime with unlimited parts, maintenance, manufacturer support, and perfect conditions
- The inability to target beyond the horizon
While all of the above is more than enough to discredit the concept, there is yet another consideration that renders this concept suspect and that is that the enemy might choose to do the exact same thing – and they’re a lot closer to these magic, hidden islands than we are!
If we have this absolutely brilliant idea to put small, hidden units on these islands to exercise sea control for hundreds of miles around, wouldn’t the Chinese have the same idea? Being much closer to the islands – and already controlling many of them – wouldn’t it be easier for them to implement the idea? When our ships attempt to penetrate to deposit their Marine sea control units wouldn’t the Chinese sea control units see them and destroy them since our ships will have, apparently, few escorts and little protection? If we think our sea control units can see and destroy everything for hundreds of miles around, why wouldn’t we think the Chinese sea control units could do the same? Or, is this just more of the military’s tendency to think that everything we do will work and nothing the enemy does will work and that the enemy will actively cooperate in their own destruction? I’ve repeatedly documented this tendency to exhibit one-sided thinking on the part of the US military and the Marine’s sea control concept seems to be the latest manifestation of the phenomenon.
I suspect that Commandant Berger and many of the hidden, jungle base proponents out there would simply say, if the Chinese are already on an island then we’ll pick another island. Well, if we can see the Chinese bases that easily, won’t they be able to see ours just as easily? And, if that’s the case, there goes the entire ‘hidden’ aspect which was the only protection for the base. If a small unit comes under attack, it will have zero chance of survival – that’s the problem with these penny packet distributions of small units (well, that’s one of the problems!).
|Are We Going To Put a Ghillie Suit On An Entire Island?|
Every time I hear or read about this island base / sea control concept, including from Commandant Berger, the discussion always starts with our forces already being established on the island and fully equipped. No one ever explains how these forces will penetrate into enemy territory undetected and land their small units. Also, no one ever seems to account for enemy activity and surveillance. We’ll see everything around us but the enemy will never see us. Amazing, isn’t it?