The U.S. Navy is sailing in uncharted waters as the nation is drowning in debt. The Secretary of Defense and service chiefs have been called to testify before Congress to answer questions and explain the impact of additional defense cuts on top of the planned $450 billion that then-Secretary Gates proposed. As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, the defense budget will continue to come under increased scrutiny.
The Navy’s order of battle has been steadily declining. The Fleet is concerned with present readiness while the world is experiencing more reckless and bellicose adversaries. North Korea has torpedoed a South Korean ship. Iran is testing ballistic missiles and advanced antiship cruise missiles, sending warships into the Mediterranean and patrolling its submarines farther from home. China is claiming exclusivity to international waters within 200 nautical miles from its shores and recently tested new antiship ballistic missiles, large torpedoes, a modern aircraft carrier, and stealth aircraft.