Then we can save a lot of money!
Over the next few decades the Pentagon is planning to spend more than $50 billion on its Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers. The first of these 100,000-ton ships is due for completion in 2015, with others following as vessels in the existing 12-carrier fleet are retired. Since aircraft carriers are near helpless without a protective ring of about ten destroyers, frigates and cruisers, the military wants to invest in newer versions of these, too, at a cost of an additional $50 billion.
This plan constitutes a huge waste of taxpayer money and exemplifies the Defense Department’s fixation on preserving legacy systems designed for a kind of war that the U.S. is likely never to fight again.
Is that the best argument out there? That is from NPS professor John Arquilla in Forbes. Pause.
Though it is one of the weaker anti-Carrier arguments I have seen over the years – I don’t want to ping on that part of it – I will let the Beltway Bandits …. I mean fellow my USNI Bloggers ponder that (just nudg’n fellas – nut’n but luv).
No, let’s look at the quote that sticks in my craw,
….a kind of war that the U.S. is likely never to fight again.
From the carriers in the Royal Navy in the late 70s and early 80s to counter-insurgency prior to this decade – where in this line of work have we heard this line of thinking before? How many thousands have died because people in comfortable chairs thought “was was new?”
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