can't remember anymore, that a Marine Expeditionary Unit can be inserted in a trouble spot and hold out for 30 days 'til the rest of the folks show up. It is supposed to be self contained, including artillery, tanks, etc. Most MEUs travel via the Navy and either land by beachcraft or helicopters. Being a former Marine I am somewhat partial.
The ideas above are mine and should be believed by everyone!
do you think is the most vital to the USA as a peace-keeper/war-deterrant?
I would believe after much reading lately that it's the USNavy and I'll list a few of the reasons for that thinking.
Ours is the most superior in the world and our SEALS cannot be matched even closely anywhere else in the world. Our technology, techniques, and training are unequalled anywhere.
Other Navies, such as China's, has lots of PEOPLE and SURFACE ships, but these are mostly used for shore patrol. They have very few submarines, which are really the heart of stealth and recon. Taiwan has a pretty decent Navy and as long as they can be kept safe from China attempting to 'bring it back into the fold' they are able to continue to become an extremely wealthy country and flourish. Britian has a pretty formidable Navy, but it still isn't up to par with the one we have. Canada hardly has one. Australia's is small but effective for their needs which aren't many, and I get the impression it specializes in areas the USA doesn't have the expertise in, such as dolphin training for mines and rescues.
I realize that we are in the middle of a land war right now and most funding is needed for that purpose; however, I can't for the life of me understand the huge cutbacks going on right now being made regarding our Navy and can only hope that this is just a temporary situation.
So...tell me what you think and why, please.