Arsenal Ship Back from the Dead (Mar 3, 2004 entry)
Strategy Page has an excellent entry about the possible return of the floating missile barge known as an arsenal ship. The entry also discusses other missile-intensive possibilities for the future. Since I regularly rip off Strategy Page posts, I’m not going to quote anything this time. Go read it. You’ll be glad you did.
I’d just like to note once more that I support the idea of modifying a commercial airliner (a la the 767 tanker) into a sort of JDAM platform to provide ground support from five miles up once air supremacy has been established over the battlefield. This seems more valuable to me than re-activating some B-1B bombers as some members of Congress want to do over the resistance of military leaders.
UPDATE: And as far as the Air Force operating blue water ships? I say let them, as long as they let the US Army operate certain fixed-wing ground support aircraft. Can you say “A-10 Warthog”? Just a thought.