Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Skelton: U.S. Sea Power on "A Bad Glide Slope"

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton told the American Shipbuilding Association that U.S. sea power is on a "bad glide slope" and warned that the Navy must soon prioritize what kind of warships it wants to build soon.
"Our eyes have been elsewhere" since the end of the Cold War, and the U.S. "forgot that we are a maritime nation. We forgot that lesson of history that only the nations with powerful navies are able to exert power and influence and when a navy disappears, so does that nation’s power," Skelton said, according to Navy Times.

He said because of budget constraints the Navy needed to decide what type of surface ships it wants to buy this year -- and recommended it try to buy 10.

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