19 December 2013

America Does Not Need the Air Force | RallyPoint.com

Rob Farley

With the Iraq War over and the fighting in Afghanistan winding down, why does the United States need to maintain two large land armies, the Army and Marine Corps? The question seems perfectly reasonable given the apparent absence of large terrestrial threats, but it leads us down the wrong path.

The United States military is all about redundancy; in addition to two armies, it also fields two navies — the Navy and the Coast Guard — and five or six air forces, depending on how you count the aerial arms of the various branches.

The real problem isn’t that the Army is marginally more or less useful that it was 10 years ago, but rather that the institutions that were designed in 1947, when the Army and Air Force split, are insufficiently flexible to negotiate the modern security landscape.

The fault for this lies not primarily with the Army, but with the United States Air Force, an institution built on the optimistic vision that ordnance delivered from the air could, cheaply and cleanly, bring about a peaceful, American-dominated world.

Read the rest of this intriguing piece here.


  1. you know, assuming this idiots ideas actually fly (get it), in five or so years when we go back to war, and we don't have the troop strength, and the idiot that wrote this article's son/grandson/family members get DRAFTED.... he has no one to blame but himself.

    1. How exactly will they (or anyone else for that matter) get drafted since in 1973, the draft ended and the U.S. converted to an All-Volunteer military?