Why a World War 2 Military?
This is something which I compared Russia’s military to in its invasion of Georgia. The article concerns the US Military and has a few good points, via LewRockwell.com:
The US military is the military of World War II, but with better technology. The Navy still consists of carriers surrounded by ships intended to protect the carriers. The heart of the army is still armored and infantry divisions with artillery and close-air support. The Air Force too. All are designed to fight enemies like themselves. However, there are no enemies like themselves, and WWII forces do not well fight the enemies they do have, such as ragtag dispersed guerrillas, because they are not intended to fight them.
Why a World War II military? Because of institutional inertia, because men delight in fast, powerful things that make loud and stirring noises, because the ships and tanks and submarines are magnificent. Relinquishing them is too painful to contemplate. Instead of changing its forces to suit present needs, the Pentagon keeps them as they are and tries to use them where they do not work well.
WWII militaries are intended to destroy expensive point targets and to conquer crucial territory. For example, they try to destroy the enemy’s aircraft and conquer his cities. This America does very well indeed. The difficulty is that dispersed guerrillas do not have any expensive point targets, crucial territory, or cities. The Pentagon is using baseball bats to fight mosquitoes. The absurdity of using a B1 intercontinental bomber for close air support is manifest. But you’ve got the plane, the pilots don’t want to miss the war, and so you find something for them to bomb.
Which is why we keep having trouble sustaining a last-century military while making it more high tech. We should keep the high tech in my view, the new robot weapons like UAVs, smart bombs, and cruise missiles, but relieve ourselves of these over-burdensome war-era platforms like hot fighters,supercarriers, and heavy tanks. Instead, we should fight warfare “off the shelf” with cheap but good platforms like armored cars, light fighters for close support, and corvettes/patrol ships.