Having the US Navy in a strengthened position in the eastern Mediterranean - Greece - as well as having forces in Eastern Europe, brackets any Islamic fascist threats - THAT is what we need to get through Putin's head. It's not about HIM, and RUSSIA (although their actions are a part of the re-positioning of forces); it's about being close enough to act when and if the Islamists make their move.
Airbases in Greece would be targets too vulnerable for my tastes; I would do something different; something a little "out of the box," shall we say. I'd do the following: DOUBLE THE SIZE AND COMBAT CAPABILITY OF THE US NAVY 5TH FLEET!
Yep, you read that right. I would restructure naval battle groups so that 5th fleet would essentially double in size; TWO aircraft carriers, with TWO supporting fleets. I'd also add destroyer strength to the new group - which, in my opinion, means we'd construct, VERY quickly, more DDX-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers (http://www.military.com/equipment/ddg-1000-elmo-zumwalt-class-destroyer) to vastly upgrade the battle groups' combat power (as if they've not awesome as it is). The Zumwalts will fill two roles; essentially, they are long range sniper ships from 100 nautical miles inward to a shoreline ...and, their weaponry and sensors will give the battle groups more close-in defensive power, as well as long-range cruise missile capabilities to augment what they can do now.
I'd also add additional Virginia-class subs to both groups, as well as more Arleigh Burke-class ships with upgraded weapons and AEGIS capabilities. Another new innovation: I'd install AEGIS systems ABOARD BOTH CARRIERS AS WELL ....so that I could send the Burkes off on intel missions, without leaving the carrier groups undefended from long range threats. The Zumwalts would fill that gap to a point, but there may be times I'd want to send both the Burkes and the Zumwalts off on missions ...and I'd want the carriers to be able to better defend themselves. I think that the new Bush-class carriers are equipped to take modifications like that.
The new fleet would be "5th Fleet-Northern Group," and "5th Fleet-Southern Group." The "North" group would continue operating in the Med; the "South" group would be located near the Persian Gulf, and likely based in Bahrain. Both would be commanded by a single USN admiral, with the two carrier captains given the rank of Commodore - with standing orders to protect American interests in their spheres of operations. They'd share overall strategy, but be able to act on their own if necessary.
Now, Russia either needs to get on board with that strategy (and, ideally, HELP US contain the Islamists; which helps THEM as well) or, they can watch us go it alone; it's their choice.
I sure would love to see a joint US/Russian task force roll up on Iran, in case the mullahs' fingers get too close to their new bombs!
If I were the next American President (who's GOING to be a Republican), that's what I would convey to Putin and the Russian ambassador to the US; their threatening posture towards their neighbors has led us to redeploy some of OUR assets; but our PRIMARY goal is to be in position to deal with the Middle East if necessary. ONE thing that might slow up the Islamic fascists and the terrorists would be to see the US AND Russia working TOGETHER to counter and contain them; once they see what it is they're up against, they might think twice on actions ....especially if we let the Russians take the lead on, shall we say, "punitive" actions.
I still want to significantly increase American military forces in that part of the world through redeployments AND augmenting what we already have there ....because I want to send the Middle East a simple message: "we're nearby, watching you ....and the US ISN'T being led by Barack Obama anymore. Consider that before you make your move ....because you WON'T enjoy OUR moves in response."
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