The United Kingdom celebrated its first Armed Forces Day late in June. The Telegraph marked the occasion with an op-ed by Thomas Harding to the effect that "big guns," i.e., conventional high-tech weapons will not win "today's wars." Warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan has badly strained British military finances (as it has our own), and clearly some major programs face cancellation as they do in this country. Harding argued that today's wars are essentially ground struggles involving small units. It follows that fast jets, for example, are a pointless expense. The author admitted that naval forces retained value as a means of projecting ground power, but suggested that the two carriers now on order are far too large (as are the current attack submarines).
World Naval Developments: Tomorrow's Wars
By Norman Friedman