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Can you imagine the uproar if the next generation of battle tanks/fighter jets/battleships were selected based on their fuel consumption rather than increased capabilities?

It's all about logistics, isn't it?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 07:28:01 AM EST
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Always has been.  But I was thinking more of the Mail/Torygraph headlines "Army Top brass put lives at risk to save fuel" - (if a Tory Government in power.  If Labour still in power it will read: "Brown puts lives at risk to appease tree huggers").

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 07:54:14 AM EST
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The US has nuclear carriers, cruisers and submarines, but no nuclear aircraft, destroyers or cargo ships, etc. Perhaps this is the reason that Obama recently was posed in front of a "Green Hornet", an F-18 that flies on bio-fuel. I wonder how many thousands of acres of farmland the Navy has under option. There is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but it cannot, in a crisis, both be used to keep domestic prices low and to provide oil for a long war, nor can it prevent the futures markets from going crazy. The USA used to have Naval Reserve oil fields. Teapot Dome was one, but there were many others. I had an uncle who worked at one in Hominy, Ok. when I was a child.

Perhaps the US can convince Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen to build a pipeline that delivers oil from the Gulf coast to an Indian Ocean port. I recall discussion about a pipeline to the Red Sea. But, from a strict war-fighting perspective, the less oil the US imports, the less disruption a Mid East war would have on our economy. So bring on Burce's Brawny Recovery. It is a "National Security Issue".

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 07:45:52 PM EST
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