When I was a Commander working at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command I watched something amazing happen and nobody at all saw it or wrote about it. I did but that was back when USENET was a thing.
What happened was that when Obama took power he and his party set out to destroy the military. They didn't do it the old fashioned way with rockets, bombs and infantry. What they did was a lot more soulless. Working with the Clinton machine they simply arranged for the worst possible officers to get promoted to flag rank and to get advanced to 3 and 4 stars. Starting with their war on Bosnia you could watch as the leadership of the military declined to about a 90 IQ.
The larger issue that most people would miss from Bryan McGrath's article is, why does it take 2 and a half years to weld steel and run some wires to fix a ship? It didn't use to and the ships aren't really any more complex than they used to be. That's a myth people like to believe. It's steel and wires. Yeah there are the finicky details but those were thrashed out 30 years ago.
Ship construction funds are like the gold of Congress and they are doled out to truly deserving Congresscritters and Senators and they always have been. We are paying a ridiculous premium for shipyards that don't actually build or repair ships so the tap will remain open and the dollars will flow. Yes, even as I write that I realize that I sound like an old codger but it's true. The Bonhomme Richard will almost certainly be towed 300 yards to NASCO shipyard for repairs and the repairs will take about 3 years. That's the optimist in me. In reality there is little chance it will make fiscal sense to repair a 20 year old ship gutted by a fire that burned for 4 days.
I read everything Dan Gallery DDLM wrote. I may have reached my Pueblo Incident moment. I think he was probably about this old when he wrote it.
The Bonhomme Richard fire raises another question: How tough and survivable can a ship be in combat if it is burning out of control in port during peacetime? While it takes three to five years to build a modern warship, there are very few places to do so. And, as was recently shown by the two-and-a-half years of repairs to the USS Fitzgerald after its 2017 collision, it takes time to repair major damage to a modern warship. Some will look at this fire and conclude that continuing to build and operate large, vulnerable ships makes little sense in an age of proliferating anti-ship missiles and greater visibility of ship movements through a variety of sensors.There's something nobody talks about. In that crew of 1100 people? It takes just one enemy of civilization to torch it. And there is nothing anybody can do to stop it.