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Rebuilding The Navy

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The New York Times’ Thom Shanker has a great story on the refitted Ponce, a forward operating base at sea,but the reporter neglects to note that the Navy has dwindled to 283 ships far below its minimum projected size of 313. Back in October Mitt Romney made one of the key promises of the campaign when he said at The Citadel that ” I will reverse the hollowing of our Navy and announce an initiative to increase the shipbuilding rate from 9 per year to 15.” It will take a number of years even at that rate to get the Navy to its minimum size, but at least it is a plan.

President Obama’s massive cuts to defense have not been limited to the Navy (see Chapter 13 of The Brief Against Obama.) But when a crisis looms, the first thing people notice are the ships that are nearby –and those that aren’t there.

Blake Midnight/U.S. Navy, via Associated Press

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