Since 9/11 the U.S. military has expended considerable effort in finding new ways to fight the global war on terror using systems built for another kind of war. U.S. Army and Marine Corps M-1 Abrams tanks fight an adversary that has no armored vehicles. B-1 bombers attack terrorist havens. Los Angeles (SSN-688)-class nuclear-powered attack submarines operate against the enemy in crowded and shallow coastal waters. Navy SEALS increasingly find themselves fighting in desert and mountain terrain. Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class destroyers oversee boarding and search operations. In short, America's joint forces are exploiting the flexibility of its hardware and the ingenuity of its people to successfully fight a kind of war that was never part of the requirements for the systems that were operational on 9/11.
The Virginia SSN: Right for the Times
By Vice Admiral Charles L Munns, U.S. Navy