- 3:58 pm - Sat, Sep 22, 2012
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On the appropriately-titled Overthinking It blog, Ben Adams explains that the Galactic Empire’s strategic failures in the original Star Wars trilogy were really the product of interagency rivalry, akin to some of the destabilizing factors we see in the United States military today. After all:
[O]ur very first glimpse of the Imperial High Command is an argument between the Army and the Navy about the strategic vulnerability of the Death Star. The stakes are high: For the Navy, the Death Star represents the ultimate in bureaucratic power-grabs, a guarantee of perpetual dominance on top of the Imperial pecking order. For the Army, the Death Star represents the potential death of their service as a viable political force.
He goes on to critique Imperial tactical operations and acquisitions systems. And the comments section somehow manages to be the nerdiest we’ve seen in weeks. You know that’s gotta be nerdy.