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The view from the front: military matters and motivation for 6/14/22.
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Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great weekend and are off to a great start this week.
Not much has changed in Ukraine. If you missed the last newsletter, I explained why I didn’t think there’d be much breaking news there anytime soon.
But some of the new artillery is beginning to make an impact. (Literally.)
Former SEAL Chuck Pfarrer speculated that Ukraine likely used the deadly new M982 Excalibur GPS guided shells-- fired from M777 155mm artillery systems.
Moving along, the Marines announced who passed in the tragic helo crash last week. And one of them was the son of a pretty famous person. (See below.)
Speaking of tragedies, you may remember me discussing a horrible amphibious assault drowning last year. Following a long investigation, several officers have been punished for the accident that killed nine. (See below.)
In much lighter news, we talked about Top Gun a couple of weeks ago. But the really scary fighter we use these days is the F-22, not the F-18. (See below.)
Moving along, I wrote a couple of months ago about Congresswoman Elaine Luria stating that the most-recent Navy budget sucks.
I’m going to reshare that before providing an update below.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a Navy Veteran and former small business owner, wrote the following Twitter thread below.
I have delayed putting out a statement about the Defense Budget because frankly it would have been mostly full of words you might expect from a Sailor, but here goes: It sucks. 1/7
Once again, this Administration has chosen the divest-to-invest strategy as if whatever future conflict will not occur for at least two decades. Admirals Davidson and Aquilino disagree. 2/7
The Navy owes a public apology to American taxpayers for wasting tens of billions of dollars on ships they now say serve no purpose. 3/7
They propose decommissioning 24 ships; 11 of which are less than 10 years old. 1 has been in service less than 2 years and 2 are currently in modernization. 4/7
All to save…0.5% of their budget. This, along with an anemic building program, will shrink the Navy to 280 ships, at the same time they are calling to build a 500-ship Navy. HINT: If you want to grow the Navy, stop decommissioning more ships than you build. 5/7
China is not a “pacing challenge” when they will soon have double the size of our Navy. We are losing 1000+ VLS cells, with NO PLAN to replace them. (Editor’s note: A vertical launching system (VLS) is an advanced system for holding and firing missiles on mobile naval platforms, such as surface ships and submarines.)
Instead, we are investing in the next “Gucci” missile and technology that will not be mature for 20+ years. 6/7
Lastly, the Navy has no strategy. Stop saying you do, because if you did you would be able to explain how this Fleet size will allow us to defend Taiwan. 7/7
Following her comments and plenty of discussion, Congress plans to save five of the 24 ships that the Navy wanted to decommission. (They could even save more of the remaining 19 in a hearing later this month.) (See below.)
Let’s end this newsletter — news wise — with this tech news from a couple of months ago. (See below.)
The Air Force is really raving about this, but to me, I guess I just assumed they already had weapons that could do this.
Let’s wrap up today’s newsletter, as always, with with some motivation and wisdom.
That’s it for this edition.
As a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love your fellow Americans. We need to pull this country together, and that starts with all of us.
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Stan R. Mitchell
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