(See C. J. Murray, pp. 28–32, September 2011 Proceedings)
Colonel Stuart K. Archer, U.S. Air Force—I eagerly anticipate each new issue of Proceedings and as an active-duty Air Force officer and aviator, I genuinely admire the American naval culture and the unique traditions of naval aviators. Those traditions endure, and naval aviators retain a preeminent position among warfighters even against the backdrop of rapid changes in technology and warfighting. I am growing fatigued, however, by the continued derision of U.S. Air Force air power by naval aviators to somehow justify the relevance of carrier aviation.
Captain Christopher Murray’s article on the future of the supercarrier includes what seems to be just the latest “obligatory snipe” in a long line of articles that seek to maintain the status of naval aviation in part by disparaging land-based air power.