In May 1987, two Iraqi Exocet missiles slammed into USS Stark (FFG-31). The crew's courage and unwillingness to give up their ship is a shining example for the rest of us. Today's Navy is being hit with missiles that are sinking its ships, their crews never having a chance to save them. These missiles are not being launched by enemy aircraft, but by bean counters in our own government and military.
Recently, news stories trumpeting amazing efficiencies that will produce cost savings and allow one sailor to do the work of 50 have been much in evidence. The high-tech magic wands they will use will supposedly never wear out or require maintenance. As more and more is demanded from fewer and fewer, as existing equipment is used to the breaking point with inadequate or no available parts or fall-back equipment, I have to question the wisdom of some of these "savings." Cost-cutting is not a bad thing. But I ask, are these cuts really efficiencies, or are they false economies that are destroying our Navy?