Fyrst Kristensen; Carlton Meyer, former USMC officer and Editor of G2mil Magazine; and Dr.Emilio Meneses (who provided me with much information on exercises between the Chilean Air Force/Navy and the US Navy), for their input, comments, suggestions, and constructivecriticisms of earlier versions of this paper. I would also like to thank Captain Dean Knuth, USNaval Reserve (Retired) for providing me with background information on the sinking of twoaircraft carriers in Exercise Ocean Venture 81 and for reviewing the section titled “David vs.Goliath”,Colonel Everest Riccioni, USAF (Retired), the father of the F-16 fighter program, andLt. Col. Pierre Rochefort, Canadian Forces (Retired) for their advice on fighter combat, Major Lew Ferris, Canadian Forces (Retired) and Major Leif Wadelius, Canadian Forces (Retired) for their advice on ASW matters, Lieutenant Commander Aidan Talbott, RN, for his comparisons of the US Navy and the RN, and Captain JanNordenman, Royal Swedish Navy (Retired) for information on Swedish diesel submarines. My special thanks also go to Dr. Debora Shuger of the UCLA English Department, who kindly gave permission to use her late husband ScottShuger’s unpublished book manuscript Navy Yes, Navy No. Finally, I offer my thanks to all myother sources, who will remain safely anonymous, for their generous assistance.
“The power of the United States in the early twenty-first century is greatly overrated. It is true that it deploys amazing cultural,economic, and military resources, but their efficacy is very limited. Culturally, there is no instrumental power. Economically,U.S. power is awesome and is very good for forcing bad deals on Third World countries, yet it too is difficult to bring to bearconsistently and directly, especially on the other great powers. And the United States is as dependent on the world economy asthe world economy is dependent on it.
But it is in terms of military power that the United States is mostoverrated
.” (emphasis mine).
Professor Chris Hables Gray, 2005
As far as his comments in general, he feels that the Navy systems are oversold, overpriced, and undercapable
He is generally more pleased with the Air Force, but sprinkled criticism of usrather freely.
” – Major General Perry M. Smith, USAF (Retired), reading his notes on a 1974 jobinterview with Secretary of Defense Dr. James Schlesinger.