Blog: The World's Most Powerful Navy Needs Modernization

February 3, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Navy, the dominant power of the waves, is actually a relic of the Cold War that must be reshaped to deal with modern threats, according to the lead author of a 2007 maritime strategy. Cdr. Bryan McGrath, USN (Ret.), director of consulting, studies and analysis, Delex Systems, Inc., told a breakfast panel audience at West 2010 that today's U.S. Navy was designed in the Carter administration to defeat the Soviet Union in battle. It is the inherent flexibility of naval forces that allows it to be hyper relevant today, he stated. McGrath urged a return to the traditional naval mission-sea control. "We are oversubscribed in land attack," he said. We don't spend enough time and energy on what navies do: sea control." He called for the development of a "navy-killing navy," adding that a navy built around that capability would be able to conduct most of the other operations that could arise.

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Mr. McGrath got it exactly right...but answer me this: Why does it take a FORMER naval officer to reveal the obvious: That the USN has lost its offensive ship killing punch. Where has the Navy leadership been on the ability to sink ships? Navy has Harpoon (a good weapon), but only the old version. Where's the modernization? Our Allies have better versions of this missile than ourselves - a LOT better version - and the US MAKES the missile for Pete's sake. Meanwhile USN spent 14 Billon on a stealth GUN ship that we didn't need or want. But that's another story...

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