Joe Buff Speaks The Truth
Go read what he has to say about the usefulness of nuclear submarines in the 21st century. Excerpt:
Yet some pundits continue to label the latest U.S. nuclear subs as nothing more than extravagant Cold War relics, as obsolescent and hyper-expensive solutions in search of a problem they can't really solve. Occasionally these domestic anti-submarine word warriors go so far as to insinuate that Silent Service leadership is inventing major contributions to the War on Terror that never took place, using a cloak of secrecy as a lame excuse to hide their budget-seeking deceit. Since nothing could be further from the truth, one has to wonder if those making these statements have been asleep for the past fifteen years, or if the only undersea warfare publication they've ever read is the classic but now historical novel, The Hunt For Red October -- which was first published in 1984. As a group they appear to fail to appreciate that events in Iraq and Afghanistan are heavily influenced by Syria, Iran, and Pakistan, all of which have long coastlines where nuclear subs with assistance from SEALs can conduct persistent electronic espionage, peering hundreds of miles into those nations' interiors and deep into their rulers' and rank-and-file Islamo-fascist minds. These same pundits also don't seem to grasp how much of the wider War on Terror is an information and cyber war, and a line-of-communications surveillance and interdiction battle, in which coastal zones and maritime routes will probably be decisive to who wins and who loses.He also makes an excellent point regarding the Russian and Iranian "supertorpedo".