As an intelligence officer, I spend more time looking at our adversaries' equipment and tactics than I do looking at U.S. ships. Basically, I know more about "red" forces than I do about "blue." That is why the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) concept bothers me. Do we seriously intend to place a small, lightly armed, and minimally manned surface ship in harm's way in the congested littoral battle space? I question this idea and wonder if we have evaluated the mission threat adequately.
Can we really be sure our future adversaries will not challenge our maritime supremacy? Although blue-water combat is unlikely in the foreseeable future, the littoral remains a deadly environment filled with very real threats. Coastal defense cruise missiles and shore-based artillery are only the tip of the bad guys' spear-small boats, low-slow fliers, and merchant "Q-ships" are other very real and lethal possibilities.