The Navy has been shrinking for decades and the number of active-duty ships is now 14% less than what it was on Sept. 11, 2001. The debate about the necessary number of Navy ships centers around global security versus federal costs.
The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength determined that the number of ships needed to counter global threats is 346, but current ship numbers are far below that, and even planned ship construction puts that benchmark a long way off. The Navy currently has 273 active-duty ships, and the Obama administration’s budget calls for that to grow to 308 by 2022 and 321 by 2028. To get to roughly 350 ships — the number necessary to counter and deter global threats — Mitt Romney proposed a plan to reach this goal by producing 15 new ships per year.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the current shipbuilding costs are about $18.9 billion annually, and a 15-ship-per-year budget could cost taxpayers as much as $28.4 billion annually. And here’s the catch: that’s just ships and doesn’t take into account the costs of additional manpower, training, equipment, and support necessary to keep a fleet of that size operational and effective.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.