October 20, 2015

CNAS: Navy Should Focus on Long-Range Aviation to Avoid 'Strategic Mistake'

By Jerry Hendrix

Source: Executive Gov

Journalist(s) Anna Forrester

A Center for a New American Security report indicates emerging powers of potential global adversaries could undermine the U.S. Navy‘s aviation programs and their focus on short-range capabilities, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that report author Jerry Hendrix believes programs such as the Ford-class aircraft carrier and F-35C fighter jet could build on a “strategic mistake” in the aftermath of the Cold War when the Navy shifted investments to short-range capabilities.

Hendrix, director of the defense strategies and assessments program at CNAS, told Breaking Defense that a cheaper program for aircraft carriers is possible and that the Navy should reinvest in long-range unmanned aircraft.

Read the full article at Executive Gov.

  • Jerry Hendrix

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Jerry Hendrix is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired Captain in the United...