Ralph, it is not that they deny the need for the Navy, as much as its opacity with the American public and the publics around the globe (except in China). The other problem is not the need, but the size and how it fits in in national defense. I have always found it odd that island nations would privilege land forces more than air and sea forces nowadays, yet they do with some notable exceptions (I think the JSMDF in Japan gets the larger share of Japan's self defense budget).
Is anyone seriously arguing about the need for a Navy? The argument ought to be about what kind of Navy. Do we really need as many CVBGs as we now have? We certainly need a few in the Pacific and (once in a while) in the Indian Ocean, but in the Atlantic? I'm not so sure. In our last general war -- World War II -- carriers were of marginal utility in the Atlantic, and we should ask if that might also be the case today. In the First Gulf War they were kind of a luxury, and the air campaign assets we needed could have all been land-based.
This is the 350th issue of the Military History Digest, which has been going since November 2007. The first one (then called the "Military History Weblog Digest") is here:
As always, suggestions for sites to follow or posts to include are always welcome.
Re: Mike Condray's response: no argument from me on the Navy leadership enabling COCOM misbehavior in order to get visibility for the service.
In this highly important book, Javier Rodrigo examines the role of Fascist Italy in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939.
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H-War Book Reviews
Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes. Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities 1730-1830. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2017. 264 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-58046-577-9.
Reviewed by Amy Dunagin (Kennesaw State University) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)
Andrew L. Johns, Mitchell B. Lerner, eds. The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945. Studies in Conflict Diplomacy Peace Series. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. 330 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-7573-7.
Reviewed by Ryan Barrett (University of Missouri-St. Louis) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)
Irene Guenther. Postcards from the Trenches: A German Soldier's Testimony of the Great War. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. Illustrations. 248 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-350-01575-3.
Reviewed by Adam Brown (Air University, Squadron Officer School) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)
Printable Version: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=56074
Abby Anderton. Rubble Music: Occupying the Ruins of Postwar Berlin, 1945-1950. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 194 pp. $70.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-04242-2.
Reviewed by Meghan Ashley Vance (Texas A&M University) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)
Kirsten A. Greer. Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire. Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. Illustrations. 190 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4696-4983-2; $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4696-4982-5.
Reviewed by Patrick E. Brady (University of Iowa) Published on H-War (April, 2021) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air University)