New Pentagon Study Would Shrink Aircraft Carrier Fleet Total and Reduce the Navy’s Warfighting Capabilities

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An office within the Pentagon has proposed reducing the number of aircraft carriers from eleven to nine, Defense News reported. This translates to only having two or three carriers available to be forward deployed to a hot zone An office within the Pentagon has proposed reducing the number of aircraft carriers from eleven to nine, Defense News reported. This translates to only having two or three carriers available to be forward deployed to a hot zone at a time.

Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper had tasked The Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office to come up with ways of making the Navy more efficient.

The US Military has the strongest war-fighting systems in the world due, in large part, to its nuclear-powered, large deck aircraft carriers. No other nation has such a strong presence or show of force because none play as large of a peace-keeping and global deterrent role as the U.S. with these mega ships.

Neither Congress nor the White House will likely agree with CAPE’s assessment, because even though they are a useful tool in evaluating the Navy’s budget efficiency, they are less practical when estimating wartime impact, Defense News said. Global security would be greatly diminished as a result.

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