Interesting post I came across the other day over at Armchair General forums. While the navy is struggling to get some type of brown water force with its troubled littoral combat ship program, the Army has been using such vessels for years now, bought OFF THE SHELF, and are constructing even more:
Those of us with a vested interest in providing for the common
defense, now recognize Littoral Combat Ships as The Way Ahead. The Naval
Imperial Hierarchy, err... the Department of the Navy obfuscates the issue by
subjecting the Littoral Combat Ship Program under PEO to a bureaucratic "Death
by a Thousand Modifications" (the 21st Century variant of A Death by a Thousand
Cuts.) What should have been a lean, modular Beast is fast becoming an
overly-generalized (non-modular) Jack-of-All-Trades-Master-of-None ( http://peoships.crane.navy.mil/ ).Fortunately the
nascent capability for Littoral Combat Ship now resides in the Armed Services.
The Army owns and operates more airframes than the US Air Force and more hulls
than the US Navy... if the Army can now own and operate TSV-1X Spearhead and the
HSV-2 Swift, can it really be much longer before the Littoral Combat Ship
becomes an Army Program of Record. ( http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtri...wtt_10_28.html )
Thats why I contend we should defund the other two services, the Air Force and the Navy, until some sanity returns and they end their obsession with hi-tech. The Fleet has had ample opportunities in recent decades to introduce future platforms at sea, to combat the awesome threat posed by cruise missiles and advance submarines. There were hydrofoils in the 60's and 70's, surface effect ships in the 1980's, and the arsenal ship in the 1990's. Now its the LCS program, which offered us such promises in the beginning, but now faces extinction by a Navy brass obssessed with the weaponry of another era.