Allowing the use of Modafinil would make our surface warfighters more resistant to fatigue and more effective fighters during extended combat.
Imagine the scenario. At 0100, Commander Kipp, commanding officer of the USS Dealey (DDG-130) in the Pacific, receives a call from the combat information center (CIC). His tactical action officer (TAO) has a message from Seventh Fleet to all forces in the Pacific stating that the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) has been ordered to hunt and destroy all U.S. Navy ships inside the second island chain. The news is concerning, especially since the destroyer has been operating in the South China Sea with a Chinese Navy warship tailing her for the past two weeks. After he arrives to CIC, the captain is briefed on the situation. The Dealey is to find and destroy all PLAN military vessels.