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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 Aug 2017 10:39 a.m. PST

… Star Trek And Battlestar Galactica).

"If you're China and confront an antagonist that opts to do without redundancy, you can deploy a troublemaking strategy. You whittle away at the center of gravity manifest in minimal manning. The object of such a strategy? Tire and bewilder crews that may already be overworked. Fling a variety of challenges at them, along as many axes as you can, as simultaneously as you can. Give each crewman more to do than he can, on the Cylon-esque reasoning that imposing numerous, repeated contingencies compounds the demands on people and hardware. Such tactics constitute the precursor to a crushing blow—or to an American withdrawal under duress.

China's navy, in short, could ape the Cylons' strategy. In purely martial terms, posing missile, gun, and torpedo threats from many points of the compass from as many domains as possible—from the surface, the depths, and aloft—would compel a ship's beleaguered defenders to cope with more challenges, perhaps, than they could manage. Flooding an embattled zone with China Coast Guard vessels, fishing craft, and purportedly civilian sea and air traffic—interspersing combat units among nonmilitary ships and planes—would further complicate U.S. commanders' picture of the surroundings. It would be hard to act for fear of hitting the wrong target—and having pictures of an errant shot splashed across TV and computer screens around the world…"
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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

Interesting reading

I do worry that some one of the assumptions that, at least historically, the USN has operated under may be a touch optimistic – for example, how to deal with mass casualties in a carrier battle group

Cacique Caribe17 Aug 2017 11:42 a.m. PST

Just like with the Cylon, every physical engagement will be preceded by a cyber attack, leaving our ships dead in the water, adrift and blind, and with our planes dropping out of the sky like lead weights.

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Tiberius17 Aug 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

There would be no winners in such a conflict, a country might claim victory, but all would really lose

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 5:19 a.m. PST

Ain't gonna happen, except as a "show." China's economy is utterly dependent on a vibrant US-- we buy all their crap! They're also too heavily invested in US properties. We go down, they go down, and they go down harder and faster. And they know it. Their military is about projecting an image of power and prestige both internally and to the region, not actual use in a planned conflict. Dangerous? Yes. And subject to the whims of hardliners, which is the caveat. But for now, they're pragmatist enough to know how their bread is buttered and who supplies both the flour and the milkfat.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2017 7:07 p.m. PST

Besides-- where would I get my 30 foot tall inflatable Santa for $48 USD from at Christmas if that would happen !!!???

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