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    Naval Academy vs Celestial Navigation
    From: Gordon Talge
    Date: 1998 Jun 16, 7:51 PM

    My own personal opinion:
    The problem with our armed forces is that we have not ( thank God )
    had to face a real enemy threat since the end of WWII. All threats have
    been localized. ie Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq etc.
    If we ever get into it with someone who could match our power, like
    Japan and Germany in WWII, where we could have lost it, we might end
    up in a real jam.
    Just finished reading Samuel Eliot Morison's "The Two-Ocean War" the
    history of the U.S. Navy in WWII. Also a few of his 15 vol "History
    of the United States Naval Operations in World War II".
    Before we get too high and mighty, it might be of value to take a look at
    histories of Pearl Harbor, Singapore, Fall of the Philippines, Battle of
    Savo Island and a few others. Esp Savo Island.
    It would seem to me that several things could happen with the GPS in
    the event of war. ( Probably more )
    1) The enemy could break our codes and use our own GPS
       against us.
       Imagine getting hit with a missile with U.S. made parts
       and technology guided by our own GPS system!
    2) The enemy could jam the GPS and make it unusable.
       Could steal military GPS units for their own use.
    3) The enemy could knock out the GPS sats. in space.
    4) Foreign or domestic hackers could screw up the computer systems.
    5) Foreign or domestic sabatage of Nav and computers systems.
    6) Some of our ships could get the "you know what kicked out of them"
       like in WWII. damaging navigation and communication systems.
    The enemy can't do anything to stop someone from using Celestial
    Navigation. It is totally safe, reliable, self contained, and
    effective means of navigation. Calculators and sight reduction
    tables take much of the drudgery out of the calculations.
    I think the Naval Academy is making a mistake.
    Being a High School and Community Collge math teacher I hear this
    kind of stuff all the time from parents and students. "I took algebra
    and trig in high school and never used it and I am 40 years old".
    Or "My dad says he got a D in trig and he turned out ok".
    Hope our Navy is not making the same mistake.
    BTW, anyone seen the movie "Down Parascope"? A WWII era submarine takes
    on the atomic fleet and wins! Could it happen in real life?
    -- Gordon
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