Matthew Fay of the Niskanen Center leads readers into the weekend with a focus on the number of ships in the Navy and what the composition of those ships should be in years to come. All that and more in the Niskanen Center’s weekend defense reading.
The Navy took center stage this week as changes to ship counting rules and a rather strange op-ed sparked a debate about the size and composition of the fleet. That and other topics present plenty of fodder for your weekend defense reading pleasure:
– Jerry Hendrix of the Center of the New American Security weighed in to the debate over the size of the Navy firmly on the side of expanding the fleet. Hendrix, however, argues that increasing the number of ships should be done under the current limits on defense spending and in a manner that moves away from destroyers and aircraft carriers in favor of more frigates and guided missile submarines.
– Writing in Foreign Policy, Gordon Adams of American University provides a “bedtime story” explaining the difference between the “sequestration bogeyman” and the budget caps established in the Budget Control Act.
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