The Great Murdoc has invited me, your lovable furry old Buckethead, to guest post for a bit whilst Murdoc is on the road neglecting his blogging responsibilities and killing defenseless wildlife. This is, to be sure, a great honor, and one which I will undertake with my normal seriousness and gravity.
There are a lot of changes coming down the pike in the world of military affairs, and we’ll be taking a look at some of them. Among the items that our crack team of military reporters has uncovered are these:
- The Army plans to replace the venerable M-16/M-4 combat rifles with a new model assault rifle chambered for a new, powerful 3.3mm round.
- The Navy is considering adopting a new class of warship based on the DD(X). The new DD(CVX) will be — for a cost of only $7 billion dollars — a vessel that combines the offensive power of the DD(X) with a launch bay for Predator UAVs armed with Hellfire missiles.
- The Air Force, in an uncommon move toward cost efficiency, is planning on standardizing on one air frame for all missions and roles. The new Air Force will see all cargo, refueling, AWACS, strategic bombing and VIP transport roles consolidated with the existing air superiority, electronic warfare, CAS and reconnaissance on the F/C/KC/VC/B/E/R/A/EW-22E Super Raptor.
- Finally, the USMC will be separated from the Department of the Navy and integrated with the Coast Guard, there to participate in drug interdiction exercises.
Naturally, the astute among you will have realized that your pal Buckethead is pulling your leg a little. But only a little. I feel that the commenters here at Murdoc Online are at least half of what makes this website so cool. (I’ll admit that Murdoc is most of the other half.) The comment threads – even when they don’t revolve around battleships – are chock full of learned discourse. (And in the case of Dfens, deep, soul-scarred cynicism about American procurement policy.)
Blogs are typically reactive, it’s kind of the nature of the beast. As we’ve reacted to the news we’ve had a lot of, oh, let’s call it “spirited” debate here about the relative merits of various weapons systems. The Stryker and the M-8 are two of Murdoc’s favorites, and the DD(X) v. battleship debates seem to be a fan favorite – but we have discussed probably a thousand other ships, planes, guns, robots, and for all I know combat toothbrushes. But let’s be a little proscriptive.
So here’s my challenge to you all:
Since you’re so smart, what is the one thing that each of the military services should buy that would most increase combat effectiveness? Or if that’s a little too narrow, one thing that they should change, stop, kill, fire, or whatever. Naturally my answer involves UAVs, giant fighting robots, and zombies. But let’s get a few other suggestions before I weigh in. The floor is yours: