posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 12:17 AM
What is transpiring is basically a "review" of options for cutting a near $500 billion dollar defense budget by a mere $60 billion. 'Options' are
just that: options and do not amount to anything concrete or final.
From my perspective, despite future requirements, cutting the number of aircraft carriers from 12 to 11 is not worthy of being considered. The
, which includes operating and support costs, equate to only $196.3 million
dollars (and thats per 1993 figures) for just
the conventional aircraft carriers (the Kennedy and Kitty Hawk). If one wanted to save some
dough, why not axe both the conventional aircraft carriers? The amount saved would still be nothing when compared to $60 billion, IMHO. Besides,
getting rid of a few carriers leaves room for maneuver when it comes to adding newer generation carriers at a later date.
Perhaps closing, thus shifting those troops to other preferred bases, the majority of our bases in Europe, and elsewhere, would be a better
alternative then cutting carriers? Then again, BRAC (Base Closure And Reduction) isn't supposed to meet till sometime May 2005, so maybe we haven't
heard the last on this option.
[edit on 31-12-2004 by Seekerof]