What do the experienced military folks on here think about this article?
The author (months ago) asserts that aircraft carriers have never really had any defenses against ballistic missles anyway, so all this talk about Chinese missiles we're seeing in the MSM is muchado about nothing.
Here’s the sentence: “Ships currently have no defense against a ballistic missile attack.”
That’s right: no defense at all. The truth is that they have very feeble defenses against any attack with anything more modern than cannon. I’ve argued before no carrier group would survive a saturation attack by huge numbers of low-value attackers, whether they’re Persians in Cessnas and cigar boats or mass-produced Chinese cruise missiles. But at least you could look at the missile tubes and Phalanx gatlings and pretend that you were safe. But there is no defense, none at all, against something as obvious as a ballistic missile.
The author goes through a bit of history, even citing the US's own Harpoon program.
Another money quote
The lesson here is the same one all of you suckers should have learned from watching the financial news this year: the people at the top are just as dumb as you are, just meaner and greedier.
Since the MSM and some wire services are now running stories about Chinese ballistic missiles -- and I'm always skeptical when wire services run military systems stories -- can the folks who were actually in the Navy provide any insight?