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My Nuclear Family

Friday, September 24, 2010

Christopher Brownfield describes his early life in the Navy and how he, a submariner, ended up in Iraq. In My Nuclear Family: Coming of Age in America’s Twenty-first Century Military, he writes about his years serving on a nuclear submarine, his ship’s secret missions in the global war on terror, and why his faith in the entire operation began to erode. He also describes working with General Petraeus and developing plans for energy efficiency, development, and counterinsurgency in Iraq.

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Christopher Brownfield

Comments [4]

jgarbuz from Queens

Jewish-American Admiral Hyman Rickover developed the US nuclear submarine navy for the same reasons that other Jewish scientists, such as Leo Szilard and Robert Oppenheimer, developed the US atomic bomb. That is, to protect the United States from vicious foreign enemies. But nearly all of them later on, after the conflicts were essentially won, condemned their own "children," so to speak. And this is a good thing, because these tools of the devil were made to fight fire with fire, which any firefighter knows is sometimes necessary.

But if your guest feels those subs are no longer necessary for America, I think Israel could use a few now that Iranian missiles may soon get nuclear warheads. It needs to hide its deterrent underwarter now too.

Sep. 24 2010 12:57 PM
Andrew from Brooklyn

China's Navy is insignificant. It takes years, decades to build a Navy. They could be significant from a tactical perspective against China, but that wouldn't be any time soon.

Sep. 24 2010 12:57 PM
Andrew from Brooklyn

You suggest that nuclear subs aren't important to present and future wars, but they are.

They're important to maintain naval dominance. The US controls the seas with our massive Navy. No other country even comes close in its Navy, however, its not big enough to be everywhere at anytime. The nuclear subs, stealth or not, aren't trackable and impart fear in foreign powers. They're important from a geo political strategic standpoint, not a tactical standpoint.

Sep. 24 2010 12:54 PM
mgduke

won't subs be relevant to war w China?

Sep. 24 2010 12:50 PM

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