President Trump pledged to ‘Make America Great Again’. On the campaign trail he promised when it came to our military, he would rebuild it and return it to one of the finest. Trump promised he would increase the size of our troops – adding 350,000 soldiers to our U.S. Army and adding 10-15 battalians to the U.S. Marine Corps.
He also said he would add 1200 figher aircraft to the U.S. Air Force, as well as, 350 Surface Ships and submarines to our U.S. Navy. It looks like President Trump is keeping those promises as he begins to rebuild our depleted military into one of the most elite ever in history.
President Trump signed an executive order to launch the ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ which will include new ships, planes, weapons and the modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Our new military under President Trump, well, let’s just say it’s going to be ‘Big League’! President Trump is ensuring that “military leaders have the support they need” to accelerate the campaign against the Islamic State and to “build combat readiness now and for the future.”
North Korea punk-ass leader Kim Jong-Un may need a change of underwear after getting a look at this gem being put on the fast-track by the Trump Administration. ISIS acting up? BOOM! Syria? BOOM! Kim Jong-Un? BOOM? Yeah..
via Breaking Defense:
As America’s first all-new carrier design since the Nimitz in 1976, the Ford class will serve into at least into the 2070s. But many of their escorts will be late-model Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, so-called “Flight III” updates of a 1980s design whose first ship, DDG-51, was commissioned in 1991. That’s why the Navy is brainstorming a next generation Future Surface Combatant, aiming to solicit design proposals from industry around 2020.
The idea is to have warfighters, shipbuilders, and budgeteers working together from the start, instead of one group coming up with unrealistic requirements for a super-ship the others can’t build or can’t afford.
What does this mean for our enemies?
The great thing about electrical power, unlike such features as 16-inch guns or thick armor plate, is that you can use it for almost anything: If one weapon, sensor, or communications system becomes obsolete, just unplug it and plug in something new. At least, that’s the Navy’s vision of never-ending modernization. But to upgrade without undue agony, you need to design a ship from the keel up with room to grow and an open architecture into which new components can easily plug and play.
That’s not how traditional ships like the Arleigh Burke destroyer were designed, which is part of the reason Flight III will probably be the last major upgrade of the class: “We’re cramming a lot of stuff in that ship,” said one official. With the Future Surface Combatant, by contrast, the Navy doesn’t just want to build a ship, but a floating framework that can keep evolving for decades to exploit new technologies and meet new threats.
That’s not easy: The ship is going to be out there for the next 40, 50, 60 years, so it’s important we don’t take any shortcuts. It’s very important that we do diligence on looking at alternatives, looking at the cost, marrying the requirements up to the costs, so at the end we all have an understanding of this is the capability I’m going to buy, this is how much it’s going to cost, this is when I’m going to get the capability, this is how long it’ll last. If we have that discussion up front with the Future Surface Combatant, we’ll avoid some of the typical growing pains that we have for some of these programs.
New laser technology looks promising as a way to shoot down Chinese-style massed missiles. The Defense Department currently spends about $300 million a year on directed energy projects, but that’s all research, development, and demonstrations.
In other words, no more screwing around, bowing to dictators dedicated to wiping us out – smiling to our faces and funding terrorism behind our backs. No more phony red lines, “flexibility” on hot mics, re-set buttons, Arab Springs, or any other nonsense. Just strength and what comes with it: Peace.
We now have a Commander in Chief who understand the walk softly and carry a big stick approach. AND troops are finally coming home from Syria and hopefully Afghanistan soon. 16 years? Wow.