Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sunday on Midrats: Episode 133 - Back to STRAT 07/22/12 on Blog Talk Radio

Episode 133: Back to STRAT 07/22 by Midrats on Blog Talk Radio 5pm Eastern U.S.-
They're back; ICBM, IRBM, SRBM. Strategic forces. Long range strike and long range counter-air.

Some real old ones are coming back in to the lexicon: ABM.

Some new ones have joined the party as well - ASBM and super sonic ASCM.

Of course, they never really left us.

After the post-Soviet softness of the 1990s and the decade plus of COIN and small wars - the big toys are coming back. Old and new.

From Russia, China, Iran, and India - technology is reaching back out and spreading out.

Where does that leave the US military in 2012? Few leaders under the age of 45 even remember operating in the Cold War disciplines that peer technology required; range, EMCON, defense in depth.

Global reach will require more and better AAW, deep strike, I&W - it will also require a renewed understanding that for a Fleet at sea - the enemy gets a vote, and a shot.

Our guest for the full hour to discuss in detail will be Will Dossel, CAPT USN (Ret), a former E-2C NFO with over 3500 hours and 525 traps in the E-2C and other TACAIR. Retiring after 26 years, he held a number of Navy and Joint operational and staff positions afloat and ashore including VAW squadron command, CVN navigator, Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, Navy Planner, and Reconnaissance Systems Officer. Currently employed as a senior analyst with a top 5 defense firm, he has been heavily involved in the policy and operational side of ballistic and cruise missile defense the past seven years.
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  1. I do not understand why we use these rockets, the money needed for the development of rockets must be huge. The money should be used to create jobs for ex military soliders in order to show our thank you and gratitude for their service oversea's

    Sam Apex

    1. We spend more on social welfare and healthcare than defense by a insane amount.

      Here's a idea i spread. Take your principles, hopes wishes, and "Feelings"......and smack a grizzly bear in the face....99.99% of the time he will kill you.......but hey dont let reality or facts get in the way you never know it may work!

  2. And we could all sit around and sing "Kumbaya" and everything.

    It would be nice. Not realistic, but nice.

  3. I do wonder if we may see the eventual return of aircraft like the intruder, S-3 Viking and such back to the carrier fleet eventucally instead of the ALL HORNETS ALL THE TIME! we have now.


  4. OK listened to the whole program and i am wondering. Do you think the Navy should push for a long range strike aircraft similar to the A-6 or a Modern tomcat (which could do the job as well as the F-35 will).

    And do you think the increase in BASM AND other more and more deadly missile threats call for a BMD ship like was put forward a few years ago? With DE (laser) weapons and/or Railguns with SM-3 for defense of the fleets?