October 24, 2016

Report: Pentagon should scrap $40 billion aircraft carrier program

By Elbridge Colby, Paul Scharre, and Jerry Hendrix

Source: CNN

Journalist(s) Zachary Cohen

With an aging air fleet and a shrinking Navy working overtime around the globe, US military officials say the world's most powerful fighting force is at an "inflection point" and needs a serious makeover if it wants to maintain that status now and into the future.

But to balance the immediate need for more planes and ships while also investing in future technology to keep the US ahead of rising rivals like China and Russia, the Pentagon needs to make some "hard decisions" and cut some of its most expensive weapons programs, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security.

Read the full article on CNN.

  • Elbridge Colby

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Warfare Initiative

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security. From 2008-2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of...

  • 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...