BACKGROUND: Most would agree that the BIGGEST reason for the North's victory over the Confederacy was the huge industrial infrastructure they enjoyed. They could tool up canon, rifles, uniforms, ammunition, transport them over rail, and supply all logistics to armies in the field. QUESTION AT HAND: I'm just seeing a very large problem TODAY as America "outsources" much of the industrial infrastructure that would be needed for a major world conflict. Our steel mills are rusting, our shipyards empty, even our factories for trucks/tanks/etc - so easily converted in WWII are dwindling. Does anyone else see the parallel in the way the US is drifting into the backwater of the industrial basis for waging a long war?