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Interesting Post on the US Military From Loadingdata.nl

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 30, 2010

Interesting post below about the US military strategy and that of China.

From this website


Military defense: US versus China

Today the following article was brought to my attention via @raykwong on Twitter:

If the DF-21D ASBM ends up working as advertised, however, it may (potentially) effectively obsolete U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in the event of a future direct conflict with China over Taiwan. It will mean that the Chinese can essentially sink our aircraft carriers at will, turning them into huge, massively-expensive above-the-water targets (multi-billion-dollar targets, when accompanying aircraft are taken into account) for the taking–easy pickins, if you will. (Source: Defense Review)


This reminded me of a story I once heard about the difference between the American and Soviet space program. While preparing to go to space, the Americans realized that a normal pen wouldn’t work without gravity. To solve this problem, they invested millions of dollars to come up with a solution: the permanent marker. The Soviets on the other hand simply brought a pencil.

This story may, or may not be true, but the analogy is clear. In this case again the Americans invest trillions of dollars to build the most state-of-the-art naval fleet (which, by the way, can hardly be used for anything else than offensive purposes) not realizing that each and every one of their ships, including their multi billion aircraft carriers, can be sunk for less than a fraction of the costs.

The Chinese missile that the panic-du-jour is about, has an effective range of 2000km. For your reference: that means they can reach the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal in the West, anywhere up to Malaysia, including the entire Philippines in the South, the entire Philippine Sea and all of Japan in the East. (And for the Americans who have no idea where those places are, that’s the distance from Boston to Miami)

Also interesting to know, since the supposed reason why the US would want to deploy their fleet against China is the Taiwan issue, is that the Taiwan straight is 150-200km wide. Less than a tenth of the range.”

2 Responses to “Interesting Post on the US Military From Loadingdata.nl”

  1. Richard Seeto said

    In reply to the above rant about the Chinese military and their inability to wage war simply because they have not invaded another country for 500 years only goes to show that China has no territorial ambitions like the USA and unlike the USA when China wants resources from others, she buys them rather than invade, kill, pillage, rape and destroy to steal them.
    On the Ship busting cruise missiles, maybe America will now think twice before investing any more on Aircraft carriers whose main purpose is to aggress and invade nations which refuse to do its will.

    • wtdevflnt said

      Thanks for the comment. One of us may be confused. I have re-read the post from loadindata.nl and fail to see where your comment fits in. While I cannot speak for the author, he seems pretty candid in that he believes the US is wasting money on trash technology and may agree with your sentiments.
      In terms of your comment about China not invading anyone for 500 years, I dont see how it is relevant to this post. I will comment, however, that there are many who would refute this claim, ie look to your western provinces. In terms of the raping invading and killing, I have read some hideous reports of what happened when the party took over in ’49. Far from an expert, I believe that dissension within many regions was not settled over some ‘laffy taffy’ and oulong tea.
      Feel free to correct me if you think I am in error.

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