America’s Potential to Project Power to be Pared

4 04 2009

The U.S. Navy will likely reduce by one if not two, the amount of aircraft carriers that Congress had dictated (11) once U.S. Defense Secretary Gates makes his highly-anticipated announcement Monday.

The aircraft carrier is unquestionably the most direct and visible way America projects its power abroad.  Arguably it’s ICBM submarine fleet is more deadly, but you can’t see them hovering off your coast to inspire fear or hope – whichever the U.S. is intending.  Reducing the number of carriers, and by implication carrier fleets, that the U.S. has  in rotation for deployment could have consequences.

Folks that likely aren’t reducing the number of carriers in their fleet:

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