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23 July 2020


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Excellent blog. I'm rather fond of the "Cruiser Division" idea. A couple simple thoughts...

1) Missiles are always vulnerable to intercept or CIWs in a way that artillery simply isn't.
2) Between 40-80 nm the radar horizon is a more valuable stealth aid then anything else, and that goes both ways. Some form of airborne spotter/laser designator is required, and it likely has to have some level of speed and stealth.
3) Laser designated rounds will likely get a mission kill much faster due to the ability to pinpoint exactly where the shell goes.
4) The Navy will never do it, as they hate spending a couple bucks to salvage something worthwhile out of a $22 billion poor investment.

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James Hasik is a political economist. He serves as a senior research fellow in the School of Business at George Mason University, and a non-resident senior fellow in the Defense Technology program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Since September 2001, he has been studying global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them.