(See S. C. Truver, p. 10, September 2013 Proceedings)
Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S. Navy—Dr. Truver’s column, like its battle-cry title, was long on emotion and short on facts. Several important points were left out.
The recurring and non-recurring costs for the Ford-class aircraft carrier continue to climb and may be a contributing factor as the current administration considers reducing the Fleet to eight operational carriers. A Congressional Research Service report indicates the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) will cost $11.3 billion and the Enterprise (CVN-80) will cost $13.9 billion, far greater than the $9.5 billion per ship claimed. By focusing on payloads instead of the platforms that deliver them, the U.S. Navy may be able to escape having its fate tied to the escalating costs of aircraft and carriers.