‘Do What We’ve Always Done’
“What do we need to do with the carriers?” rhetorically asks Republican J. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower. “We need to be doing what we have always done with the carriers.”
Forbes represents a district that borders the Newport News area of Virginia where carriers are built, but many in Congress share his sentiment. The belief that the United States must maintain 11 carrier strike groups approaches theology on Capitol Hill.
This faith, though, is being tested by the spending limits Congress has imposed on itself, which have led to difficult trade-offs. National security ...