(See J. T. Manvel Jr. and D. Perin, pp. 42–47, May 2014 Proceedings)
(See M. C. Manazir, pp. 16–21, February 2014; S. C. Truver, p. 8, April 2014; and D. Dolan, p. 156, May 2014 Proceedings)
Commander Phillip E. Pournelle, U.S. Navy—Captain Manvel and Dr. Perin restate an accurate but increasingly irrelevant fact: Large aircraft carriers are far more “cost-effective in generating sorties for combat missions.” The Ford-class carrier is perhaps the ultimate expression of this fact, and it is its raison d’être, but according to the Navy’s own cost data it is almost twice as expensive as the Nimitz class. This perpetuates a dangerous trend in the design of our Fleet, making it smaller and concentrating our capabilities onto fewer and fewer platforms, making a brittle Fleet.