Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Psychology of LCS

Is LCS just a symptom of a Strategic logic disconnect? Is there a psychological problem that can explain it? Is it what it seems to be for me - the byproduct of a mindset that is not grounded in hundreds of years of military experience, but is instead grounded in short term thinking more grounded in lazy narcissism?

Our bud AndrewB sent me to a link to one of the best written pieces on Strategic and Operational planning I have read in a long time. I don't know who Joseph Fouche is - but he nailed it.

Head on over to USNIBlog where I posted on it and check out some more details.

8 comments:

ewok40k said...

quote:
Since nature is strategic, humans have two nostrils, two lungs, two kidneys, two lobes, two arms, two legs, and a variety of redundant systems. If a human being was designed by an MBA, they would probably have only one of each system to avoid incurring unnecessary costs.
end quote
Sums up LCS design nicely :)
Especially on manpower issue...
le sigh...
And the US way of warfare, historically was attrition, from Washington thru Grant to Eisenhower. Tiger might have killed 5 Shermans, but either was overran by another 5, bombed from a height by B-17, strafed by P-47 or simply ran out of ammo or fuel.

Andrewdb said...

I liked the line "Attrition is the strategy your grandmother would follow if your grandmother happened to lead a war effort."

Fouche posts at the Chicago Boyz blog (UofC grads and fellow travelers) and also his own blog The Committe of Public Safety.  His stuff is very good.

ShawnP said...

Did we not learn from lean manning and under armoring FFG-7's? Are we doomed to another smack upside the head learning curve with the LCS?

UltimaRatioRegis said...

ShawnP.

Q1:  Nope.

Q2:  Yup.

GIMP said...

Your are all missing the main point.

LCS, with the elegant lines of a barge and firepower of a patrol craft is proof of the genius of a team with the creative brilliance to imagine a scenario where the LCS would be useful, and the virtuosity of salesmanship to get someone to buy it.

These guys could sell Pontiac Aztecs to Enzo Ferrari.

Put them in charge of GM now so the US taxpayers can recover their money.

Chap said...

I'd also head over to this other new group blog I've heard about...

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Salty Gator said...

http://redwhiteandboom.blogspot.com/2010/07/navys-leaders-step-off-bridge-while.html
Couldn't agree with you more