November 15, 2017

Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet

Featuring Jerry Hendrix

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist Paul McLeary

n 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made the idea of building up a 350-ship Navy a cornerstone of his stump speech, complaining that the U.S. military was failing to meet the threat of potential adversaries and was increasingly vulnerable in the face of new generations of ship-killing missiles and stealthy submarines.

Unsurprisingly, just a month after Trump’s election, the Navy released a brand-new plan calling for a 355-ship fleet — a massive leap from the 308 ships it was planning on building by 2021. The new number is now the “minimum force structure” required to keep up with demand, the Navy said in its new assessment.

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  • Jerry Hendrix

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Jerry Hendrix was the Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired Captain in the United States Navy, his staff ...