I am writing this in my capacity as ex-Corporal (substantive) now Field Marshal (acting) Duff, Chief of the General Staff. You may not have heard of this promotion yet but I am assured that it will be announced next week along with other government appointments. This well-deserved (and overdue) promotion is entirely due to my keen strategic insight demonstrated only a few weeks ago (I can't be arsed to look for the post but my resident archivist, JK, will find it, I'm sure) in which I pointed out that in an age of mass drone attacks aircraft carriers were about as much use as galleons! Courtesy of Drudge, I found the details confirming my shrewd strategic insight at The Free Beacon:
China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday.
China currently operates several armed and unarmed drone aircraft and is developing long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both intelligence gathering and bombing attacks.
As I never cease reminding you all, 20th century history teaches us that you ignore ex-corporals at your peril! Mind you, being right all the time is a terrible burden, you've no idea how I suffer.