Congress is about to do what Imperial Japan could not in 1941—destroy the U.S. Navy’s warfighting power. The question is, can the Navy survive this “congressional Pearl Harbor”?
The service is learning to market itself better to its core constituencies: Congress and the American people. But its efforts are still no match for those who would seek to sink it. Surprisingly—and sadly—the threat comes as much from within as from without.
The challenge from the outside is about money. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has proposed a Navy budget that cuts nine capital ships and slows construction of others. For some, including The New York Times, that isn’t enough. The newspaper’s editorials have called for cutting a carrier strike group as well.