Big Pimpin wrote:knapplc wrote:Big Pimpin wrote:
I guess I don't. If they can do it better and/or more efficiently than we can, more power to them.
Let's say there's a war. Lichtenstein attacks with all of their might and fury. America needs to rebuild the vehicles killed off in the first dozen waves of mechanized attacks.
Who's going to build those tanks, hummers, APCs, Bradleys, halftracks, LVTs, and two dozen varieties of support vehicles we'll need to repel the Lichtensteinians from our shores? Are we going to hope that Hyundai can ramp up production for us? What if the Lichtensteinian wolfpack sinks our transports on the way across the Pacific?
America needs a manufacturing infrastructure onshore that can be retooled to build such vehicles in times of need.
This is just one simple example off the top of my head. This is pretty basic stuff.
The federal government is going to build what they need. Remember, their only responsibility is courts and armed forces.
This isn't hard stuff. Who said that we're not going to have a manufacturing infrastructure?
I think what knapp is saying is that in a time of great need we may need to convert our domestic manufacturing infrastructure to manufacture military equipment....it's happened in the past. If we let our manufacturing infrastructure fall away we lose that ability.