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Joe Biden’s Plan for the U.S. Navy Has Two Big Fans: Russia and China

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PHILIPPINE SEA (June 13, 2021) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) conducts routine operations in the Philippine Sea. Tulsa, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead) 210613-N-JO829-1144
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Brent Sadler joined Heritage Foundation after a 26 year Navy career with numerous operational tours on nuclear powered submarines, personal staffs of senior Defense Department leaders, and as a military diplomat in Asia. As a senior research fellow, Brent’s focus is on maritime security and the technologies shaping our future maritime forces, especially the Navy.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Duane

    June 16, 2021 at 9:29 am

    To begin with, no American President controls defense budgets. That is controlled by Congress. Congress routinely, perhaps even joyfully, ignore Presidential budget proposals, particularly for defense matters. Trump proposed a $50 billion cut (not cut in growth – actual cut in dollars) for defense in his 2021 budget proposal, and of course Congress totally ignored that.

    Congress jealously guards their prerogatives in enacting defense authorization laws, budget acts, and appropriations laws every year. Presidents never dictate.

    The problem with US Navy budget plans is that the Navy does not want to divest itself of its surface warships because, well, the Navy is run by the carrier and AEGIS mafia, and that’s been true since the end of the Cold War at least. But the US Navy definitely needs to cut way back on carriers and AEGIS escorts for those carriers, because they are completely unsurvivable in an all out war with China or Russia. Only submarines and land based aircraft can survive the onslaught of thousands of long range antiship cruise missiles that China can put up today, launched from land, aircraft, surface ships, and submarines. Of course, neither can China’s growing surface fleet survive the onslaught of missiles and sub launched torpedoes that the US and our allies would deploy against them.

    The Navy, and of course Congress, need to figure this out and restructure our naval forces to fight a mid-21st century war, and not a 1990s war as the Navy is currently structured to fight today. Most of which will end up at the bottom of the sea in the opening days, if not hours, of an all out naval war with China or Russia.

  2. Dan

    June 16, 2021 at 11:20 am

    What Duane said. Also, Mr. Sadler is clearly an alumnus of that carrier/AEGIS mafia. His philosophy, and that of the Heritage Foundation, is exactly the thinking that drew us into lengthy and unwinnable wars over the last 60 years. And Harker is a leftover from Trump. I’m not surprised he doesn’t have answers.

  3. T37135

    June 16, 2021 at 11:49 am

    The author is completely disingenuous in his funding levels and number of ships produced. Since 2005, the United States Nave has commissioned the following ships:
    1 Ford Class CVN
    2 Zumwalt class DDG
    21 Burke Class destroyers
    24 LCS
    18 Virginia class SSN

    This is a total of 66 major warships. Now yes, there are significant issues with the LCS and Ford class. This does not count the cyclone class patrol boats or any fleet auxiliaries.

    This kind of basic failure to accurately reflect shipbuilding, investment, etc. as the basis of an argument made me immediately disregard anything this person had to say.

    I expect this from Heritage.

  4. slingblade

    June 16, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    All that is okay. We will win the competition for the wokest military, the greatest concentration of trans personnel awaiting or recovering from their surgical maimings, and for the fewest able bodied, ready-to-fight, high-morale troops ever. After the war, China will have the championship trophy, and what is left of the US will celebrate its participation trophy.

  5. jackbook

    June 16, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Fear mongering propaganda.
    And beyond that the Navy build continues to be robust, the writer is spinning fears of a conventional war that will never be fought. Why? Because the moment one side presents an existential threat to the other –which will be immediately–the war will and must go nuclear.
    No Midway, no Southwest Pacific campaign, no Saipan or Guam, no Okinawa. It will go right to Hiroshima, just was we would have on DEC 8 if we had had the bomb on Dec. 7.
    The rest is just partisan noise intended to keep up the big spend for the defense industry.

  6. Annie Coleman

    June 16, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Don’t forget “lowering standards to make it more fair for women”~ whose cockamamie idea was that? Xi’s? As a woman, I think standards should be high. If women can meet them(and they have)~ great!
    God bless America, and our military! We are already in a war.

  7. R Kil

    June 16, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Typical propaganda coming out of the Heritage Foundation. I really hate partisan hacks on either end of the spectrum.

  8. Slack

    June 17, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Biden has little control over the Navy. The Navy usually has its way with some help from Congress. Very little has come out of any White House officiials over Navy sailors operating and living off a long-running prostitute-and-pimp syndicate in Bahrain. The sailors definitely have had protection from top levels.

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