That's just the nature of War Nerd. It's wrong to think that he sees no value in the lives of military people. He sees no value in the lives of any people. That's why we love him so. But he certainly had lots of technical problems in this article. I would read it more as a description of the kinds of conflict he thinks are more beneficial to the American empire than an article on the technical merits of certain bits of equipment. He doesn't have a beef against the Navy. He has a beef against carriers. He thinks that in any real conflict the enemy will quickly turn them into very very expensive coral reefs. War Nerd generally prizes cheap quantity over expensive quality. I'll agree with this. Lots of people knock the Super Bug's performance in many aspects, but I will always pick a plane with F-18's reliability and ease of maintenance over anything else. A plane stuck in a hanger doesn't help anyone.