Navy Hard-Pressed To Meet Sub Numbers

By Paul McLeary

Despite flat defense funding and the assertion by Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding budget will not rise significantly in future years, the service continues to insist that its fleet of 256 ships must eventually increase to 313 in coming decades.

While the story lines that surround the tortured acquisition history of programs like the Littoral Combat Ship have ...

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